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Hi I'm Rachael

I'm a student working toward a teaching license. I love photography and crafts. I'm a wife. I'm a convert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Pacific northwest of the United States. My mom is Korean so I was raised in a bi-racial environment - I didn't appreciate it then, but as I've gotten older I've come to know my heritage better. I graduated with a Bachelors in Genetics and Biotechnology in 2012. Currently I'm a post-baccalaureate student looking to earn my teaching license. I am also a newlywed and love learning and growing with my wonderful husband. My hobbies include cooking, photography, watching movies and anything arts & crafts.

Why I am a Mormon

I am convert to the church, and the only member in my family. I first heard about the church through my best friend, who I met when her family moved in down the street just before first grade. Little by little I learned about the Gospel, even though my parents had kindly declined the missionary efforts of my friend's parents. Just before I started my freshman year of high school, my friend invited me to join her in attending early morning Seminary. I wasn't really an investigator and had no conscious desire to join the church, but I knew my friend was a good and wholesome person - if she was willing to sacrifice her time and energy to participate in Seminary then I felt like I would be a better person for going too. I am so grateful that the topic of study that year was the New Testament. As the months went by I came to know more about Jesus Christ. That knowledge grew to respect, respect developed into faith, and through faith came a love and appreciation for His teachings and Atonement. Eventually I decided I wanted to become an official member of the church. It took some time to persuade my mom to let me take the discussions. I remember going to a quiet place to pray alone - the bathroom - and pleading with Heavenly Father that my mother's heart would be softened. I immediately went to my mom and asked her again for permission to meet with the missionaries. After pausing for a moment, she told me I could. Because of this experience I will always have a testimony of the power of prayer. I was later baptized on June 12, 2005. Since then I have learned priceless lessons through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It has brought me lasting joy and has given my life purpose. I know that Jesus Christ is my Lord and my Redeemer. I know that the Gospel was restored by the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, as are the rest of the standard works. I know that President Monson is the prophet today. I am eternally grateful for Christ's church.

How I live my faith

Some of the best experiences I've had in life have come through callings in the church. As a young girl the biggest one was learning how to overcome timidity to conduct Young Women's meetings at church or during weekday activities. My freshman year at college I was called to teach the girls in the ward during the third hour of church. I was completely horrified of preparing lessons for girls to whom I felt inadequate. But the Lord knew I needed this trial in my life and the calling turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I grew more self-confident and learned how to prepare meaningful lessons. This all came in handy when later that summer I returned to my home ward and was called to teach 10 year olds in Sunday School. I would later draw inspiration from those callings in deciding to use my genetics degree to pursue teaching rather than research.