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Hi I'm Rachel

I've lived my whole life in the North Western United States. I'm a mother of three, farmer's wife, and a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life has been full of experiences that I have used as opportunities for learning and growth. After a rebellious period at 19, I was turned around by a loving Father in Heaven through family and friends who had my best interests placed at the forefront of their minds. Over 10 years ago now I found an amazing man who I married, and then was sealed in the temple to. And now we have three beautiful daughters together. I enjoy serving as a temple and family history consultant and a ward librarian. I also do my best to teach my daughters about Jesus Christ and his words. I would not have any of the blessings I now enjoy if I had lived my life any differently. I am grateful for a loving Father in Heaven who spared me from self destruction through others around me who love me. The happiness that I now enjoy in my life allows me to spend my time pondering the blessings of the gospel and the goodness of God. This last year I started my first year teaching in a 1st grade classroom. I also lost over 80 pounds with just over 20 more to go. The Word of Wisdom, family history work, attending the temple weekly, and being present when I am with my family are all things I value very much right now. Along with all of this, I have recently begun a trend of waking up at 4:00 in the morning in order to accomplish more during my days. I was led to do so by the guidance of the spirit, and being a night owl, this is difficult. However, I find I am blessed as I strive to do the Lord's will.

Why I am a Mormon

I have lived in the USA and been raised Mormon. After my parents split, I felt abandoned and alone. Like there was no one I could trust. It took me until I was 20 before I began to realize how much my Father in Heaven loved me and wanted to help me. I suffered alone for a long time, but now I know that even when I felt so alone and lost God was always there for me I just didn't see him. God was trying to help me all along and I just kept pushing him away. I have this overwhelming need to 'do it myself' as if I were a little child who insisted on tying my own shoes, even if I didn't know how. Finally when I was lower then I'd ever been I started to see his hand in my life. Since then I can't seem to look around at all, without seeing him everywhere. Even now, teaching my primary class, I see his guidance in all I do. Every lesson I teach has something in it I need to learn. It's amazing to me that the lessons that I teach the children teach me more then the most complicated Sunday School class ever could at this point in my life. Right now I'm going back to basics by teaching in Nursery and now Primary. As if I'm getting a second chance at something that I wasn't really paying attention to the first time around. I know the stories and details about the church really well, but I've never really learned and applied what I needed to until now. I seem more easily touched by the spirit now then I was before, more receptive. Perhaps it has to do with me being a mother and seeing the world through my daughter's eyes. Now I try harder to value every word and lesson learned more and apply it better to my life. My Father in Heaven knows me so well and loves me so much. I look forward to everyday, something that took years for me to be able to do. And more importantly, I'm learning to love who I am as a daughter of my Father in Heaven with divine attributes. I'm so grateful for that potential inside of me, and I can't wait to see what he makes out of me next!

How I live my faith

With waking at 4:00 am, I am able to spend much more time studying my scriptures and offering heartfelt and thoughtful prayers to my Father in Heaven. I really look forward to these quiet times the Lord has given me to prepare for the day. I also attend the temple each week in the earliest session to draw nearer unto God. As I do these things, I can more easily fulfill my duties as a mother, 1st Grade teacher, and a wife throughout the day. I also strive to serve God by helping others who are lost or struggling in any way I can. I know I still have a lot to learn, challenges to face, and a long way to go. But that doesn't mean I can't help others. Right now I serve by being a librarian in our ward. In most of our buildings there is a room where teachers can borrow pictures, manuals, and other resources to help them during their lessons. When it is our turn for the month, I also help in the library on Wednesday nights when the youth meet since sometimes they need resources and supplies during the weekly meetings. I also serve as a temple and family history consultant. It is my responsibility to help different families in our ward learn how to use FamilySearch.org to learn about their ancestors and prepare family names to take to the temple. I have learned a lot about my own family and myself as I serve in this work. Attending the temple each week has helped me refocus my work as well. There are lots of other ways to serve in our church but the last way I would like to talk about is what we call Visiting Teaching. Two women in our group team up and visit a few other women in our group, by going to their homes each month, to see how there doing, and to talk about the teachings of Jesus Christ. This is a great way for us to get to know each other even better, and to help cheer each other up. I enjoy serving the church in any way that I can, but I think out of all the ways I serve, I love knowing that no matter how I serve, I am serving on behalf of the Lord.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Rachel
The best way to come to know our Father in Heaven is too look to his son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ lived his life with exactness to what our Father in Heaven would have us do. I feel strongly that the traits that Christ showed throughout his life are the same traits that our Father in Heaven has. Through the scriptures we can get to know Christ better so can we also come to know who our Father in Heaven is and how he feels about us. By prayerfully studying the scriptures, or God's word, we can come to know and trust in him no matter what we face in our lives. God always gives us what we need, if we pray to him in faith, he will hear and answer our prayers, even if it's in a way we didn't expect. A great way to gain faith in him along with prayer, is to keep his commandments. I am constantly in awe of the blessings and comfort I receive in answer to the good choices I make. God is always patiently waiting to give us even more blessings then he has already given us, all we have to do is keep his commandments and he will continually bless us. Our Father in Heaven loves us so much, and I am so grateful for the opportunities I have to talk to him whenever I need to, and to learn more about him by prayerfully studying the scriptures and keeping his commandments. I know that no matter what happens to me in this life, all I have to do is turn to him in theses three ways, and he will help lead me, guide me, and comfort me in all the ways I have need of and more. Show more Show less