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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm studying linguistics. I'm writing a novel, and learning my way around the kitchen. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a senior in college studying linguistics, minoring in linguistics computing and in Hebrew! I was born in a small town in the South, but spent most of my growing up years in the West. Thus my family is an interesting mix of the customs of both sides of the US of A. On the outside I come across as mild and introverted, but on the inside the gears are always turning. I love thinking up new ideas or polishing up old ones, be it on a recipe I want to try, a picture I want to draw, or a dialogue I want to write. Often I am not completely engaged in the task at hand merely because my mind is dreaming up something somewhere else!

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a religious family. We go to Church every Sunday almost without fail and we dutifully attend most of the other meetings. I had been raised with the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life since day one. However, simply relying on what my parents knew wasn't going to do it for me in the long run. I wasn't going to survive spiritually in this tumultuous world without having a Christ-focused foundation of my own. My middle school years were hard for me. I often isolated myself from others, so I had very few friends and was quite lonely. Looking back now, I can see that I was turned too far inward--I needed to look upward towards God and outward towards others, with Jesus Christ's help. For years I had been taught to study the words of God. I hadn't been the greatest at that in the past, but, as I continued to make the effort and study with real intent, and make the Atonement of Jesus Christ a part of my life, everything began to change. This painfully shy and somewhat stubborn young woman started to become someone who could learn empathy and awaken to her duty as a disciple of Christ. I have a testimony of Jesus Christ and the power of what He did for us while He Himself was here on Earth. Jesus Christ has the power to change us; we only need let Him in and allow Him to do His work.

How I live my faith

I didn't really know this about myself until lately, but I love service. I love being able to help someone who really needs it or who would appreciate it. I find gratification in knowing that someone else's world is made a little better just out of a small donation of my time. I feel that one of the greatest offerings we can give to God is our time. By setting aside some time apart from schoolwork or chores and doing the things that God asks of us, as well as seeking His will, I can show Him that I care about Him. This also shows Him that I have a desire to return to Him and am willing to receive what good things He has in store for me, as He has for all people, His children. I try to live my faith consistently by taking advantage of opportunities to serve others, applying myself to my study of the scriptures, and praying to Heavenly Father and seeking to learn of His will for me. It is when I am doing these things and doing them well that I am truly happy.