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Hi I'm Rachael

I'm a twin, a mother, an artist, an environmentalist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a mother of three busy children, I don't often have the time I want to spend on artwork, but somehow I find time, every once in awhile, to paint, draw, or create. It makes me feel alive and joyful. I love repurposing items; taking something that no longer works in it's current state and making something useful and beautiful with it. I day dream about creating clothes from fabric that once was something else or changing furniture to make it what I want. I've always cared about the earth and protecting our environment and I think that is why I like repurposing things. I started the Environmental Club in High School and wrote letters to political leaders about the environment when I was just 9 or 10. I can be pretty passionate about some things. As a very comfortable American who has never had to go without any real needs, I feel it is my responsibility to share what I have with those who have not. I have a great desire to help those who are the poorest of the poor, not just those around me who don't have all they want. Sometimes my compassion gets me into trouble. My family joke that I'm a magnet for problem people. I'm still figuring out how to help others the way the Lord would and not rescue people from thier hard lives. But even with that problem, there is no feeling quite like knowing you've been an instrument in the Lord's hands in improving someone life. I feel like that when I create something beautiful as well; that I've been like our Creator by being creative.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, there was this really cute wrestler in High School...but it was the basketball player sitting behind me on a long bus ride that first peaked my interest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both were Mormon, and as I looked around the school at the kids I respected, most of them were Mormon as well. I asked my Christian friends what they new about the "Mormon church" and that led to all kinds of questions, but the biggest one for me was, "What makes the Mormon chuch different from other Christian churches?" That basketball player I mentioned answered my question by drawing and explaining the "Plan of Salvation" or God's plan of happiness for his children. He taught me that we existed without bodies before we came to earth, that we chose to follow God's plan to come to earth and be tested and that Jesus would be our Savior when we enevitably failed some of the testing. He taught me that our ultimate goal was to return to our Heavenly Father by learning to master our new bodies and choosing to follow the Savior Jesus Christ. Learning my purpose in life, where I came from before this life and what my ultimate goal was brought me a peace and a joy I had never experienced in all my searching, pondering and reading. That knowledge and the feelings of the Spirit that have accompanied every heart felt prayer and request for guidance since then are why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Because I'm able to be a stay at home I can volunteer in all kinds of ways at church, at school, in the community. I'm the secretary for the booster club for my children's school and I supplement the teacher's art curriculum with demonstrations and classes. I've been on the neighborhood board, helped with voting campaigns and street clean ups. I am the only stay at home mom in a very large, busy extended family and I try to support them how I can. I inform and organize others to care about the earth and the world's poor. I am currently the Young Women's President for our ward or congregation, which means I am kind of like an unpaid youth pastor for 30 some girls. I teach classes, plan activities, counsel with them and train others. I go to camps and lead discussions and make decisions (my least favorite part). Sometimes it is hard to balance the young women's needs with my own family's needs. Sometimes I make mistakes. I often do things that are beyond my skill level or maturity, but in the process I grow, mature, improve. And sometimes people's lives are made better because of something I did. I make it a priority to study the scriptures and the words of living prophets and I pray often to receive personal revelation about my life, my children, and my responsibilities.