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Hi I'm Rachael

I was born and raised in Utah. I'm an oncology nurse. I'm a mom. I'm a photographer. I'm a lover of the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up my family loved being active, especially in the great outdoors so near to us in Utah. We snow-skied, camped and fished in the mountains. We took many trips to my favorite place on earth, Lake Powell, where I fell in love with the breathtaking scenery of the water and red rock cliffs. Luckily I married a fellow Lake Powell lover and we continue to go down there once or twice a year with our families and stay on a house boat where I can waterski, wakeboard and tube to my hearts content. I also loved sports and played basketball on many teams, including high school. I played soccer and softball as well. I loved music and played the piano and danced. I was on the high school dance company. I loved school learning and was very diligent or a "perfectionist" to the point I never got anything less than an A in all my schooling. My Senior year of high school I dated a friend who became the man of my dreams and we fell in love. Then he served a mission for the LDS church in Argentina for 2 years after high school while I went to nursing school. We got married in the Bountiful Temple in 2004. I worked full time as a nurse at a Cancer Hospital to support my husband through school. We now own a home and have 3 children a 4 year old girl, 2 year old girl and a 1 month old baby boy! Life is busy with these little ones, but we love our family home life and being together. I love taking pictures, especially of my cute kids! I am so happy with my life!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were born and raised in the LDS church and so they also raised their children in the church and were very involved in it while I was growing up. They instilled in me the values of mormons while I was very young, but that is not why I am Mormon today. I gained my own knowledge of the truthfulness of the teachings of the church through my own study of the scriptures, prayer, and confirmation by the Holy Ghost. This is what I know: That Jesus Christ lives. He is the basis of my testimony of His gospel and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only church with the complete fullness of truth on the earth today and that it was restored by the prophet Joseph Smith. I have knelt in the sacred grove where Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him and I have asked if what happened to Joseph Smith was true and if the church was true and if the Book of Mormon was true and the answer I got to my prayer that was whispered to my heart by the Holy Ghost is that, "You already know all of that, you don't need to pray in the Sacred Grove to know, you already know." I know everyone can know all these things as well through the whisperings of the spirit and then by being baptized they can receive the gift of the Holy Ghost that will be their constant companion and help guide them in their lives and help increase their testimonies as they continue to live the gospel as it has in my life. I know we have a prophet today, President Thomas S. Monsen who leads the church. I know Heavenly Father is aware of us and loves us and knows us and we can reach Him through prayer and He has provided a way for us to return back to live with Him through the atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ. I know Jesus Christ came to earth and provided the perfect example for us to follow- He was baptized and did all that God asked of Him. He gave His life for us and atoned for our sins. He died and was Resurrected so we can live again. I know all these things are true!

How I live my faith

I try to live my life as my Saviour, Jesus Christ would want me to. Everyday, I try to be like Him as I care for my children as a mother. I try to be patient with my toddlers and teach them to be loving and kind to one another as Jesus was on the earth. I love telling my children scripture stories and reading the scriptures with them. We read the Book of Mormon as a family every night and even our two year old loves to repeat the verse we read out loud. Every Monday night our prophet has asked us to get together as a family and learn about the gospel together and just spend time as a family. We love teaching our children little lessons based on our values that help them learn to be good people and will hopefully prepare them to live a good life on their own one day. I also work with a group of young women in our church where I get to teach them at church each week. We focus on helping these girls live virtuous lives and stay true to church standards so they can go to our temples and be married for eternity there one day. Girls these days feel so much pressure to be known only for their looks or using their bodies to please others, so at church we let them know they are precious daughters of God with great worth and they can do important things in their life without trying to conform to what the world says they should be. I love working with these young women and seeing them mature and be happy with themselves, while not giving into all the peer pressure around them to drink or use drugs or have sex. We also meet once a week as a youth group to have fun activities and serve our community. Recently we went to a group of people with disabilities and played games with them and made crafts and treats and the girls loved to serve other people and make them happy just as Christ did while He was on the earth As I teach these girls and my children about Jesus, I find myself wanting and trying to be more like Him and feeling His love for me and those around me.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

One of the things that brings me the most happiness in life is being with my family. I love my husband and three children more than I can express and I can't imagine life without them. I can't imagine a loving God would take away these people from me to never see again. I know there is life after death and I know God wants us to be happy after this life and therefore has provided a way for us to be with those we love forever. Our church marries man and woman for eternity only in sacred Temples of the Lord. I was sealed to my husband by priesthood power in the temple and I know that if we both keep our promises we made to each other and to the Lord we will be married forever and have our children with us. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Being an oncology nurse at a Cancer Hospital for 7 years I have had many experiences with death and seeing families deal with the death of a loved one. There is great peace in death when people know that this is not the end and that they will see their loved one again. I know you can pray to God and ask Him if there is life after death and if you will see your loved one again and He will bring that peace to your heart if you question what happens to us when we die. I have seen many people accept death as part of their battle with cancer when they know it is God's will for them. Part of life is death and unfortunately we all have to go through losing people we hold dear, but we can know it is not the end. Jesus Christ died and was resurrected so that we can also live forever and I know we will all eventually be resurrected and be able to be with our families. I don't know how it all works and how it all will happen and how it is even possible, but I just know that it is! Show more Show less