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Hi I'm Rachel

I've lived my whole life in West America. I'm a happily married new mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life has been full of experiences that I have used as opportunities for learning and growth. My parents divorced when I was 13. Before that I was pretty certain we had the perfect 'Mormon' family. Since then I have learned that there is no such thing as a 'perfect' Mormon family, but there are a lot of people out there just doing their best to do what is right. When I was 19 I went through a rebelious stage where I really tested my boundaries and tried to live against what I had been taught all my life. It didn't take long before I needed to be saved from myself. My dad followed the spirit and came down to get me from my college-dropout life. He brought me back up to live with him and work for him until I was ready to stand on my own again. Along with his, my wonderful step-mom's help, and other loving family and friends around me, I came around. A few years later I found an amazing man who I married, and then was sealed in the temple to. And now we have a beautiful daughter together. I now enjoy teaching in the primary, and teaching my months old daughter 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 playing music, writing (when I have time), reading, and enjoying the great outdoors with my family.

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

Now I spend my time doing my best 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, challanges to face, and a long way to go. But that doesn't mean I can't help others. Right now I serve by teaching the seven year olds that are turning eight. This is a very exciting age to teach in our church because they are preparing to be baptised and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. The principles they are learning are so simple, yet so essential to our beliefs. All of our lessons center around learning to live a more Christ-like life. And now that the kids are old enough to read. We are all able to take out our scriptures each week and read a few verses together as a class. The verses we read always have to do with what we're learning about. I also serve God in another way. Our women's organization has activities every month. The activities are a chance for us to get together outside of church and learn more about things that can help us in our daily lives. I have the opportunity to help plan and execute these activities. This is wonderful because not only do I have a chance to serve, I also get the opportunity to spend time with other women in different walks of life. These meetings are a great chance for us to make friends and come closer together as a family of women. 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 visiting teaching the best.

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