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Hi I'm Rachel

I have two beautiful children. I can draw super-human stick figures. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a full-time mother and a full-time student. My son and daughter make me laugh everyday and every slobbery kiss and sticky hug makes every poopy diaper worth the stench. I have taught my son that all girls are princesses and that is my one great accomplishment as a parent. My prayer for a third arm is yet to be granted, but one of these days I will catch that sly little leprechaun that folds my laundry for me and he will have to grant my wish. I spend my days racing Hot-wheel cars and swinging at the park; at night I hit the books and work diligently to finish my degree in elementary education. Slowly but surely, I am learning how to cook more than boxed macaroni and cheese, much thanks to the internet. I am passionate about music and have enjoyed performing in jazz groups and orchestras on my trumpet and French horn. I love hiking and enjoying nature. In the future, I hope to travel the world. As a teenager, I spent a significant amount of time traveling in Europe and I would love to see more of the culture and history our world has to offer. For now, I send myself on affordable adventures by reading good books about far away places and ancient civilizations. My children will be die-hard soccer fans, if I have my way. I met my husband playing soccer in Arizona. I was married to the love of my life for time and all eternity in San Diego, California a few years ago. I am super excited to spend forever with a man who loves and respect me as a daughter of God.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a "Mormon" because, to me at least, it just makes sense. I choose to live my life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is the only set of beliefs that can answer all my questions about life and family. Not once has my own set of beliefs conflicted with my religion. I know that I want to be with my family forever. I know that my existence was not an accident and that I have a purpose in life. I know that children are innocent sons and daughters of God. I know that as adults, we make mistakes and that forgiveness is a necessity that accompanies life on this earth. These are things that I know as an intellectual, as a mother and as an imperfect human. As a Mormon I know that families can be together forever. As a Mormon I know that we all are sons and daughters of God and who loves us more than we can comprehend. As a Mormon, I know that my Savior suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane for my sins and for all sin and we have a loving Father in Heaven who will forgive us of our mistakes if we are willing to accept the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I know that the Lord has restored his church here on earth in the fullness of truth. The prophet is His servant and the Book of Mormon is a true testament of God's love for us. Read it. It is an awesome book.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday, I set aside my schoolwork and my chores and focus on learning and teaching about Jesus Christ and his gospel. Sunday is the Lord's day and just one day a week, I can set aside my busy schedule and focus on my faith. Lucky for me, Sunday is not the only day I am a Mormon. The rest of the week, I enjoy listening to hymns about my Savior and studying His scriptures. I feel blessed to have a living Prophet, who is God's messenger here on earth, and joyfully follow the council and guidance he has given us, including treating my body with respect, avoiding bad language and violent movies, and raising my children in a safe and loving environment. Mostly, I live my faith by always trying to follow the example of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I love to serve those around me. It makes me happy when I can feed a few extra mouths or care for a few extra children. If I have an opportunity to make someone's day a little easier or their burdens a little lighter, I am always willing to jump right in. I truly believe that “when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God” (Mosiah 2:17).