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Hi I'm Rachel

I like to scrapbook and make cards. I am a college graduate, a wife, and a mother. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 16 years to my college sweetheart, and we now have three children. I had fun in high school being in the drama club, playing trumpet in the pep band, taking piano lessons, sewing and cooking in 4-H, running for a student body office, and going to key club and honor club meetings. Basically, I loved just being in anything that helped me be a better person and learn skills that would help me teach my children as an adult. I love volunteering at their schools, at church, and in the community. One year I decided to learn how local govenment works and ended up volunteering my husband to run for County Commissioner. It was so fun doing a door-to-door on the campaign, and even though he did not win I still met many good people and learned a lot. I would have to say that I am still learning, growing, and trying to be a better person every day. I also love to read and visit new places. I have visited 42 of the 50 states in the United States with my husband, and our goal is to go to all fifty, collecting one spoon from each new place we visit together. When I was young my parents taught me that I could excel in anything that I set my mind to, and I still use that philosophy today in raising my children. I show them through my own actions that they can become anything they want to in life and excel in it at the same time.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My dad joined the Mormon faith when he was in his thirties. He tells me that when he was growing up he felt he had no purpose meaning or direction in his life. He lived a very different life style, one that he wasn't proud of. He saw these two clean cut young men dressed in suits and they taught him the gospel of Jesus Christ. He wanted to be like them and have what they had. I want to be like my dad. He's not perfect by any means, but he tries to follow the Savior Jesus Christ. I also have that same desire to follow the plan of my Savior. When I keep the commandments, I have happiness, peace, and joy. I know that Jesus Christ is real and that He loves me. I know that I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father, who sent me to earth to live in a family with two parents who just try to be the best people they can. They just try to serve their children by giving them every opportunity they can to succeed. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I know that I can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere and that my prayers are heard and answered. I have studied the words in the scriptures, the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon, and I have learned for myself that the contents of these books are truth. They were written by prophets of old for our learning and growth. They testify of Jesus Christ. We have prophets and apostles in our day that continue to testify and give their witness that Jesus is the only way back to our Father in Heaven. I have read the things that the modern day prophets have written, and I know the teachings are truth. The living apostles are honest and upright men. President Thomas S. Monson is our living prophet, and I know he speaks for God. I know that Jesus Christ was resurrected and that I will be too. Death is not the end and our families can be eternal. I love these teachings, they are truth and fill my soul with peace.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying my best to keep the commandments of God. In the Bible, Moses, went up on Mt Sinai and received laws from God that we should follow that will bring us peace of mind. For example, since a youth I have always tried to be honest in all that I do and say. People trust you when they know that you are never going to take things that don't belong to you, that you will always do what you say you are going to do. One of the most important things that Jesus Christ taught while on His earthly sojourn was to love God first, then your neighbor as yourself. Jesus Christ went about doing good His entire life. He healed the blind, lame, and deaf. He gave of his time to make sure that others knew of His love for them. I know that the Savior was the perfect example of service. I find great joy in serving everyone around me. I love taking meals to people, giving a friend or neighbor a ride somewhere, or watching their children. I get the opportunity to work with children in my church on a volunteer basis. I have played the piano when we teach them songs about how "kindness begins with me." I have worked with the cub scouts and am a fully trained leader with the cub scout program. I help on Sunday's to teach them the standards and moral values that will aid them to be the best people they can be. I love the standards of the Mormon church. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benelovent and in doing good to all men...see Article of Faith number 13.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

As a Mormon, I believe that my body is a precious gift from Heavenly Father. In 1833, the prophet Joseph Smith recieved a revelation from God that strong drinks, and tobacco were not good for the body. He then outlined that we should eat wholesome herbs, fruit, and grains. We should eat meat sparingly. This revelation came from God many years before modern medicine deemed tabacco and other substances to be harmful to the body. I choose to keep my body healthy and strong by excersicing, getting adequate sleep, and eating healthy food. I have never tasted alcoholic beverages, coffee, tea, tobacco, or illegal drugs because they are harmful to my body. These choices help me to remain free from serious consequences that can happen when indulging in harmful substances. I am happy and safe as I follow this commandment. Show more Show less