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Hi I'm Rachel!

I'm a friend. I'm passionate. I'm a singer. I'm an athlete. I'm a teacher. I'm single. I'm a total goof ball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Washington. I have my Master's in Teaching. I'm an elementary school teacher. I went on a Spanish speaking mission to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ for a year and a half in San Fernando, CA. I am single and don't have any kids, but I love them! I have 10 nieces and nephews and I have 26 of "my own" at school! I played volleyball in college. I love sports and the outdoors. I love being active. I love water! Whether it's a lake, river, the ocean, or of course, the Puget Sound, I can't get enough. I love to sing and dance. I am currently recording my first solo album. My album is all about Jesus Christ and His love. I love my family and am so grateful for the blessings and trials they bring to my life to help me learn and grow as a person. I love to travel, go on adventures, and be spontaneous. I am always in for something fun like jumping off of a 40 cliff in Hawaii. I never turn down an opportunity to do or be extraordinary. I love reading and learning. I strive to give myself time to daily enrich my life through these two things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. My mom grew up in a home where all she had was a father who wasn't very active in the church. Both her dad and brother died in her teenage years. She went as much as she could growing up. When she married my dad, he wasn't a member. Within a short time, he was converted to the church. I am the youngest of 6 children, all of whom were baptized at the age of 8. I made the decision to get baptized because I knew it was right, but I continue to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I have received a spiritual witness several times that this truly is the church of Jesus Christ. I have read the Book of Mormon several times and I have always gone to church. I have made many mistakes but I have the comfort and peace in knowing that Jesus Christ is our Savior and because this is His church, I can return to Him, clean and pure because He suffered and died that I might be able to repent and become clean. This church covers every base you could ever think of. Modern day prophets and scripture. The true doctrine of tithing and temples and service and faith. Logically, it works, but that isn't why I know it's true. I know it's true because God answers prayers and I have asked specifically many times. Every time I have asked, I have received an answer (not necessarily immediately after, but I have always been answered). The answer comes through the Holy Ghost. It is happiness, peace, joy, love. Sometimes I receive my answers through my thoughts, but it is often that feeling of peace and comfort and that it just makes sense. Being a member of the true church of Jesus Christ doesn't make things easy just because it's true. I strive to always live the gospel and have faith. No matter what happens, I try and show my faith through my actions. Our Heavenly Father will reward us more than we can ever imagine for any sacrifices we may and will make in this life. No matter what, I will follow Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through service. I help teach and be friends with the women of the church. There is a program called "Visiting Teaching" that helps all of the women to be cared for both emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It is a way to make sure that no one is missed or forgotten. Every month, we visit a handful of women and make sure they are doing alright. We are friends with them and try and foster a good relationship based on trust and love. We aren't there for any other reason than that of caring about them. I served a mission for a year and a half. I paid for my mission with my own savings. This might seem like a sacrifice to some, but I knew it was what I needed to do. You can't even imagine the blessings that come from helping God with His work. I can never get back that year and a half or that money but I would never even dream of it. I have been blessed through relationships, experiences, knowledge, jobs, etc, etc. The list will never end. It is the same with tithing. I pay 10% of my income to the church. Some might say that this is too great a sacrifice, but like a wise woman once said and I now echo her, "I cannot afford to live without the blessings". God always provides so much more than we sacrifice, we just have to have the faith to do it and then we will see the blessings. Apart from actual church "callings" where we teach and help out, unpaid, with all aspects of the church, I live my faith by trying to apply what we learn. I try to avoid gossiping and being unkind. I try and be an example to others. I am happy and I smile and am friendly to others. I love all people because I know that they are God's children and are so precious to Him, just like I know I am.