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Hi I'm Rachael

I love having adventures in the outdoors. I love national parks. I'm a wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay-at-home wife. My husband and I have been married for just over a year. We moved to Colorado from Utah a couple of months after we were married. I left my family, my friends, and my job to begin this new adventure in Colorado. This new chapter of my life has been wonderful, but also challenging as I adjust to new surroundings, strive to be the best wife I can be, and search for...well, higher education and a new job. I love nature. Its beauty testifies to me of how much my Heavenly Father loves me. I love rock climbing, caving, canyoneering, backpacking, camping, skiing, shoe shoeing, and snorkeling. I also enjoy food...cooking it and eating it, gardening, sewing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS faith. My parents taught me gospel principles from an early age. They created a strong foundation for me through their examples, their teachings, and by providing a good home to grow up in. I developed and strengthened my own testimony over the years as I attended church, semiary, activities, and Brigham Young University. I look at the turmoil the world is in and I look at those who are lost and I am so grateful that I am a Mormon because of the knowledge I have. I know that I am a daughter of God and that Heavenly Father sent me to this Earth to be tried and tested, to grow and to learn how to be like Him. I know that I have a purpose. I know that there is life after death. I know that I can be with my husband and my family for eternity, and I know what I need to do to make that happen. I know that Heavenly Father is in charge of everything, and I am learning more and more each day to put my trust in Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an example to others. I stand up for what I believe in and what is right rather than following the crowd. I also strive to dress modestly, follow the counsel of church leaders, and do the simple things each day that I know will help me to be closer to Heavenly Father, including scripture study and prayer. My husband and I also do our best to have Family Home Evening even though it's just the two of us right now. I serve as a visiting teacher in my ward. Another woman in the ward and I are assigned to visit three specific sisters each month. We go to their homes and share a gospel related message with them. We are there to be their friend and to help them in any way that we can. I also help teach a youth Sunday School class. We are currently learning about the New Testament.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I feel closest to God when I am in nature, when I am among some of His greatest creations. I feel Him when I sit on the edge of the Grand Canyon. I feel Him when I view delicate cave formatios or sit in silence in the complete darkness of a cave. I feel Him when I drive over beautiful mountain passes. I feel Him when I look at the stars in the night sky. I feel Him when I look at the complexities and differences of all of the animals, insects, and plant life on this planet. Sometimes I think, "He must have had fun creating that one!" How could any of this come about by chance? I often wonder how one can NOT believe in God. Psalms 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork." Show more Show less