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Hi I'm Rachel

I am a pianist. I am a motivated, determined, outgoing, friendly individual. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am born and raised in Arizona. I am the oldest of 4 kids in a great family. I am a somewhat self taught pianist that decided to audition to the music school and made it! Fancy that. I am getting my Masters in Music Education, and I've been in school way too long! I am self-employed and teach piano lessons to 20 some odd elementary students a week. Yes, I have a lot of patience. I also am very social and love having lots of friends and to be surrounded by those I love. I care deeply for my family and friends. I love to have fun, and am always up for a new adventure. I love making memories, and to just enjoy the moment. I love food, I'm a great dancer, and music is my passion. Also! My favoritest thing ever is lemon cookies. Oh and ginger cookies. Well just cookies in general.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church but I am Mormon now regardless of that fact. My parents did very well in raising me in the gospel and making sure I had good examples before me of how I could and should live my life. I have since gained my own testimony of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His church. I love the Lord. I know He is there and loves me. I show that faith by being obedient to Him, and His servant the Prophet. I am Mormon because I know that His true and living gospel in its fullness is here on the earth. And living the principles of the living gospel makes me happy.

How I live my faith

I feel that many think that to be obedient to the rules of the Mormon faith is to have blind obedience. Well, I call that faith. I live my faith by following the commandments of the Lord to the best of my ability. I do it because I love the Lord. I know that if I am obedient, I will be blessed. If not physically, then spiritually. I live my faith by trying to be more like Christ. I love all those around me. I try to give. I try to forgive. I try to serve. I try to serve my friends and family by giving them my time, and counsel, and help. I try to include others. I love including everyone. I try to be accepting of everyone. I try to be genuine, and loving, and caring. But most importantly, I try.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Rachel
I've heard the phrase "Mormons are a peculiar people." Well perhaps this is true. However, it is only true, in my opinion, because we don't follow the world's view of how we should direct our lives. We have a higher standard. I have a higher standard. We strive for wholesome, fun activities. As a single adult, it may seem peculiar that neither I or any of my friends drink alcohol. However we still do all the same things anyone else our age would do: road trips, BBQ's, movies, latin dancing, swimming, shopping, bonfires, bowling, country dancing, eating, house parties, and plenty more. We stay out late, we have have fun, but it is always wholesome and good. We dress modestly, we don't swear, we go to church on Sundays. It is all in the name of keeping the Holy Spirit in our lives on a daily basis. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Rachel
The Mormon Church's law of health and diet is laid out in what is called the Word of Wisdom. The Word of Wisdom is the Lord's Commandment to us through the prophet to take care of our bodies! The bodies we have are sacred, given to us by God so that we can become like Him. Things like Alcohol and coffee inhibit us in the fact that they are addictive, and we do not want to be subjects to addiction, we need to be in control of our body and appetites. The commandment to not drink alcohol or stay away from drugs like tobacco also have an additional blessings - they allow us to keep the Spirit in our lives as well as allow us to keep our free agency intact, or ability to choose the right. The Word of Wisdom also lays out the kinds of foods that one should eat - herbs, grains, fruit, and meat. This is something I personally struggle with. I used to be very overweight, and I have lost the weight but my body still craves the foods I know that I shouldn't eat. In this I am subject to the addictions of my body and it is only through the Atonement of Christ that I am able to overcome those struggles little by little. I am weak but with the strength of the Lord I know all things are possible so every day I pray for strength beyond my own to resist the temptation. I do this because I know that by following the Word of Wisdom I will have promised health, and added spiritual strength. And I need that Spirit in my life! Show more Show less