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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a former physicist, an avid reader, a would-be writer, and a homeschooling mother. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I are in the thick of child-rearing with four children ages 5-14. At this season of my life the lion's share of my time and energy is devoted to educating (we are a homeschooling family), feeding, inspiring, supervising, and loving my husband and my children. Besides that I do my best to stay close to my siblings and their families who are spread all over the world. And I try my best to carve out some time to read (I love young adult fiction), occasionally write (I have a few magazine publications) and exercise (my thanks to the inventor of the elliptical machine). In a few years, more of my time will be my own and I hope to do more writing, go back to school (I am a PhD dropout), do more traveling, and eventually serve a mission with my husband.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both joined the LDS church when they were young adults so I was raised in the church. When I was young adult I came to a place in my life when I needed to decide if I would choose my parents' faith as my own faith. I knew that I believed in God and also that I believed in Jesus Christ as the savior of mankind. Since I believed in Christ, the important question was not what religion suited me or met my needs, but what religion would help me become the kind of person God wanted me to be. The LDS church asks each member to commit their lives to remembering Christ from day to day and hour to hour and serving God' children as a way of life. And that helps me become more like the person God wants me to be.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith through personal activities like prayer and scripture reading. I try to live it with my family through daily family prayer, dinner together each night, a weekly family night, and service and recreational activities we do together. I try to live it in my congregation by volunteering my time and skills. For the past two years I have taught music in our program for children. This past summer my husband I chaperoned a four-day reenactment of part of the Mormon handcart pioneers' journey. This fall I began teaching a class for our high school students. Everyday we meet before school to talk about the scriptures and how we can live their teachings. I try to live my faith in my community by volunteering with my children at a senior care center and community events.