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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a mother. I'm a historian. I'm an amateur party planner. I'm a road tripper by marriage. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a nice place in Utah and I have great parents and an older brother and a younger brother. My favorite teachers in jr. high and high school were my social science teachers, which led me to study History Teaching at Brigham Young University. I've always loved to read, which is why I minored in English. I've been married for 10 years to my husband Sam, and there is no one in the world quite like him. We have four great kids, and although I did teach school for one year, I now spend my days taking care of my family and our home. I still love to read, but don't read as often as I used to because I can't be trusted to read responsibly. If I find a book that I like, I will ignore my children all day and stay up all night till I am finished with it. Although I don't formally study history anymore, I consider myself a historian because I spend many hours documenting our families' history in photo books and on our family blog. I love to organize parties, showers, and game nights -- I am always looking for excuses to get people together. And our family loves to go on road trips. We've put over 70,000 miles on our 4 year-old car, and driven from Denver to the West Coast and Denver to the East Coast and Denver to the South. Our four kids, 8 and younger, have grown up riding in the car for long periods of time, and have caught the road trip bug from their father.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and taught well by my parents and leaders, all members must develop a testimony of His gospel on their own. I read the Book of Mormon as a teenager, and always felt peace and comfort when I read from it. I have read the entire book of scripture several times since then, and know that my relationship with my Savior is strengthened when I read it. I know that it is the word of God, and am so grateful to have another book of scripture to study, along with the Bible, to learn Christ's doctrine. I love that as a Mormon I have a knowledge that there are still prophets on the earth today, just as there were in Biblical times. I know that our prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, is called of God, and am so grateful for President Monson's guidance and direction. I love that as a Mormon I know that I can be with my husband and children for eternity, and not just here on earth. There is great peace in knowing that family relationships last beyond the grave. I love that I was given the Gift of the Holy Ghost after I was baptized, and that if I am living worthy of it, I can have the peace and guidance and direction of the Holy Ghost at all times. My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the most important thing in my life, and there is certainly a theme to what the church offers me: peace and comfort, guidance and direction.

How I live my faith

I get to spend time with the children in my local congregation every Sunday, and I love it. Children have so much faith, and are still so innocent and emanate the light of Christ. I get to teach them the gospel of Christ in its most pure and simple form, and doing so strengthens my testimony. I get to visit women from my church monthly in their homes and develop friendships so that we can love and support each other in good times and bad times. I try to be a disciple of Christ in all I do and say. I certainly fall short at times, but it is my hope that the people I interact with daily know that I value my church membership and strive to live my faith, that I love Jesus Christ, and that I am trying to live my life in a way that is pleasing to Him. My membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is my anchor, and influences all the decisions in my life. I am so grateful for the focus that it gives me.