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Hi I'm Rachel

I love being a wife and mother. I enjoy music. My family are my closest friends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother. In my family of origin I am the seventh of eight children. The gospel of Christ and my family are my greatest joys. Some of my favorite things are enjoying sports, nature, and being with my family. Soccer, basketball, and ping pong are my favorite sports. My favorite weekend activity is going up the canyon to have bonfires with friends and family. I love when we make tinfoil dinners and roast marshmallows over the fire. I think that some of the sweetest joys that come in this life come from love and service to others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. My parents had been members all of their lives and raised us in the gospel. For as long as I can remember we have always studied the Book of Mormon and the Bible together and prayed together daily. Monday nights were reserved for "family home evening" which was a time for us to spend time together playing, working, or learning important values. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always been a blessing in my life. I can look back and see the blessing that have come from my church activity. Even having been born into a family who were already church members, I needed to gain my own testimony. As children, we are blessed with parents who teach us and help us by allowing us to lean on their testimonies of what is true; but sooner or later we all need to come to know and really believe for ourselves. I cannot pin point a specific moment when I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ is true. But, it came as I did the little things constantly. Reading from the scriptures daily was a great strength to me. I have read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover a few different times. Each time I finished I knelt and prayed to ask Heavenly Father of the book's truthfulness. I already felt in my heart that it was true, but each time I felt a calm peace. I know that this book is true. I feel the Lord's Spirit guide me as I study it and ponder over its teachings. I know that it is from God. The Spirit testifies of all truth. He testifies to our hearts through feelings of peace, joy, and a feeling that a void is being filled in. He speaks to each of us in an individual way. We need to truly seek with an open heart and listen carefully for those answers. For me, it's often during quiet moments as I ponder. I have felt the difference of prayer in my life. Prayer is such a blessing and a gift! I know that Heavenly Father does hear and answer our prayers. He loves us. I know that this Church is true.

How I live my faith

Like our bodies, our spirits need to be nurtured everyday. I have set a goal for myself to study the scriptures daily and to pray morning and night and often during the day. I am grateful to be an at-home-mom and to have the opportunity to be with my child during the day. Teaching my child to follow the Lord and to live His gospel brings so much joy. It is sweet to watch our child grow and learn to pray and talk about Jesus. I'm grateful for my husband and for what we call our "non-negotiable priorities" which are scripture study and prayer everyday (individually and as a family), and church every week. We have found that these things are anchors in our lives and help us to feel closer to God and feel and recognize His influence in our lives. We find that the closer we are to the Lord, the closer we are to each other. We want to follow God together and we want our home to be a place where people can come and feel loved. I try to follow the Saviors example by serving and lifting those around me. I love being with children and teaching children. Children have such simple and strong faith. They are close to God and I learn from them as I teach them.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

I am so grateful for my role as a woman! I love being a woman and I love the gifts that we as women have as a deep part of who we are. I feel that our influence as women is great. We have the gift of believing in others and encouraging them. I find great joy in helping my husband to be a worthy priesthood holder and I am grateful for how he uses the priesthood to serve our families and other individuals. As women we have the gift of nurturing. I have been a teacher in the women's organization called the Relief Society and have been a member of the presidency at various times. It gave me an opportunity to be in the homes of church members and access needs and reach out to help and to organize help for those in need--spiritually, emotionally, temporally, etc.. I am currently in the presidency of the organization for children called the primary. As women we have great discernment to see needs and to show love. I am grateful to be partnered together with the priesthood holders of the church to use our gifts together and to serve God's children together. I'm grateful that my husband and I are different--I feel that the ways we are different are complementary to each other and help us to be a strong team as we serve the Lord in the church, serve our neighbors, and raise our family. Show more Show less