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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm from Texas, I'm a big sister, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a college student, working toward my associates degree in general science. I work as a dental assistant with the world's most awesome dentist, who makes work fun. My favorite part about myself is that I am a member of a big family. I have two sisters, six brothers, one brother-in-law, one sister-in-law, and two nieces. Our family LOVES to do things together. Among our favorites are: playing board games, cooking (especially sushi!), putting on puppet shows, road trips to grandma and grandpa's, and making up games in our back yard. Though we have a lot of fun together, our family is not perfect. And that is why I love the blessing of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was baptized five years before I was born. I can attest that that is the best decision she ever made. She now had a foundation established upon truth, upon Jesus Christ and his teachings, and when it comes to being a parent, that foundation is invaluable. She taught us to find truth for ourselves as well. So, though I was "born into the church," I still had to discover the truth of it for myself. When I was thirteen years old, I sat in a quiet place, and prayed to know if Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ were really there. The best way I can describe what happened next is, as I prayed, it was as though a light turned on in my mind, and for the first time, I had a view of things as they really are. I knew that Father in Heaven was listening to my prayer, and that He was active in my life, and that I had lived with Him before I came to this Earth. I knew I was here to learn to be like Him so that I could return to live with Him, and like Him. And I knew that this Earth is just my temporary home, and a desire began to burn inside me to go back to my real home to live with Him some day. That is the foundation of my testimony. After that night, I decided to read the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. As I read, the truths I had learned that night were confirmed. After I read the book, I prayed again to know of it's truth, and again that light entered my mind and I knew that the Book of Mormon is true because I realized at that moment that I had grown closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ, and knew more than ever that He is the way back home to Father in Heaven. By knowing these things, I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of the true and living God, and that he restored Christ's church to the earth, containing the fullness of Christ's gospel. And that is why I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

Now I am trying to share the knowledge I have gained with the rest of God's children. One way I plan to do that is by serving a mission, becoming a full-time representative and teacher of Christ and His gospel for 18 months. I was recently called through His current prophet, Thomas S. Monson, to serve the Lord in the Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission and am anxiously awaiting the day I begin. In the mean time, I work, spend LOTS of time with friends and family, teach my little siblings piano, and help my youngest brother prepare for his baptism this summer. I also study Christ's words, both personally and with my family. As we study the Bible and the Book of Mormon at home, my family, slowly yet surely, grows closer together (evidenced by less frequent fights over the remote!) and we get a little better of idea of the Lord's vision for our lives.