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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm an entrepreneur and an Ironman triathlete. I'm a wife, and a mother of five very active children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California in a family of ten children. I love the ocean and beach volleyball. I am married to my best friend, we have 5 amazing children ages 11, 9, 7, 5, and 3. I own my own business and get to stay at home being a mom while I run it! I am crazy busy, and love almost every minute of it (throw up, whining, and potty training accidents are ineligible for the love category)! Having the best marriage and family I can is my number one priority in life. I love being active in just about any athletic endeavor. I have played sports my whole life, volleyball being my top choice. I have always sought for new physical challenges. I have run four marathons and competed in all the distances of triathlons. I picked up triathlons in 2010 and found my newest passion. I love this swimming, biking, and running stuff! I now call Colorado home and have grown to love the mountains, sunny days all year long, and the altitude. Yes, I love living a mile high; for all the cardiovascular advantages it gives me on race day! My husband has also become a triathlon geek (as our 11 year old calls us), and we love sharing this aspect of our lives with each other. I completed my first full Ironman, in November 2011 and can optimistically say it was the first of many.

Why I am a Mormon

There are so many answers to that question. I was born to parents who live and love the gospel of Jesus Christ. As I grew up I came to know for myself how amazingly lucky I was to have this knowledge in my life. I know where I came from before this life, I know why I am here, and I know where I am going when this life ends. If only for that reason, I am a Mormon. But there are more reasons; like I said before, my number one priority is to have the best and happiest marriage and family. I don’t know of another way of life that has as much to offer in those two categories, than living the standards found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The peace, strength, and joy that come from living the true gospel of Jesus Christ, cannot be replaced by anything else. I am also a Mormon because I know that our Heavenly Father, through His Son Jesus Christ, restored the gospel in its entirety through a living prophet. I know God knows and loves me personally. Through my faith in Jesus Christ and His plan of salvation, I know I can be with my family forever. These are just a few of the many reasons that I am, and that I LOVE, being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I take time each day to pray, alone and with my family. My children do not leave our home for school, or go to bed at night, without having a family prayer where we kneel to thank our Father in Heaven for all He has given us, and where we ask for His continued guidance and protection. I am constantly asking my Heavenly Father for help and support as I try to be a good mother. I make mistakes daily, (what parent doesn't?!) I love knowing that through my faith, I can overcome weaknesses and faults that I have and be a little bit better each day. One way I strengthen my own faith is by using my time driving kids all over town, or while swimming, biking, and running to listen to the scriptures, and to other speeches and talks by prophets and apostles. I teach my children about Jesus, about His life, His incredible example, and His life saving mission. I spend time with my husband, developing and enhancing our relationship with each other. I try to be honest and positive in all I do, and with all those with whom I interact. I get to work with, and mentor, the teenage girls in my area. I teach them lessons about the gospel on Sundays and we do fun activities together during the week. I try to keep the Sabbath day holy. My husband and I travel around the country to find races to participate in that are on Saturday, so that we can reserve Sunday for our family and our spiritual worship. Living my faith, in every sense of the statement, is who I am.