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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm an actor, writer, horse-lover, awesome Frisbee thrower, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an actor, writer, and filmmaker. Straight after high school I moved to Hollywood, California and enrolled in the school of hard knocks. I trained as an actor and performed in plays, commercials and movies of all types. I write my own plays and I just finished my first feature length screenplay! I married Paul in 2007 and we moved to the Pacific Northwest because of his job change. I love the beauty of this place and the creative community I now feel a part of.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a young woman navigating my way through Hollywood I wasn't an active Mormon. I didn't go to church at all for seven years. I thought I knew everything and I didn't need church. The flashy temptations that the world had to offer were far more enticing than the quiet whispers of the Holy Ghost. But life got hard. REALLY hard. I would have moments of joy and excitement here and there but I was never full, I was constantly an empty void looking for the next fix of adrenaline or the next boyfriend who could love me. (Ugh.) And it just got worse. SO bad in fact I didn't think I could make it out. I wanted out. I wanted something better for myself. I just wasn't sure what that was or how it mattered to me. I was at total rock bottom. I felt so alone. I felt so useless. I wanted so badly to feel happy and full. I wanted to be a part of something big. What's bigger than God? So I hauled myself to church one random Sunday and immediately I was hit so hard in my heart. This warm feeling came over me and I knew I was in the right place. I felt like I was home. I continued to go to church and began leaving all the other junk of my old life behind me. I became stronger and more whole little by little. As I learned about Christ's Atonement, what He did for me, all the loneliness, the hardness, the emptiness, the sadness went away. Completely. I'm a Mormon because I am taught how to have a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Because I know who they are, I know who I am. I know that my Father in Heaven knows my name, He knows the desires of my heart, He knows my fears, He knows my needs, He knows the great things that are in store for me. He. Knows. Me. That love, that knowledge, makes all the difference in the world. I know with Him I will never be alone. And that knowledge is more fulfilling, more thirst quenching than anything else.

How I live my faith

I have found that God takes those regrets that we have and turns them into strengths to help others and even strengths to help us achieve our dreams. Everything I have experienced in my life helps me to be a stronger woman, a better writer, a better neighbor... and someday I'll be a really good mom.

What is being a Mormon like?

Rachel
What is it like to be Mormon? For one thing, every time we move to or visit a new city or country we know that there is a whole village of people ready and happy to welcome us in. We know we have over 14 million neighbors throughout the world who we could call upon if we were in need. I love knowing that when I travel to other parts of the world and I attend church they're teaching the same exact principles and lessons that I learn in my current hometown. What is it like to be Mormon? We have normal lives just like everyone else. We have normal jobs and goals and dreams just like you do. We're not perfect. I think we're different because we have an understanding of our lives and our purpose here on earth. The knowledge that we gain from the scriptures, daily personal revelation through prayer and trying to have an open communication with God affects most every choice we make. It cuts out a lot of wondering and trepidation on life's big questions. That's pretty awesome. And powerful. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Rachel
As a Mormon woman and wife I can tell you straight up that women are equal to men and thus treated so! Our church's organization for women called "Relief Society" is the oldest woman's organization in this country and boy do we have some strong women! Many of our ancestors are pioneers who crossed the plains in their bare feet. Everyday countless Mormon women are getting their college degrees, raising strong families, and pursuing their passions! We're strong and we're beautiful and we know how to make a mean casserole! Show more Show less