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Hi I'm Rachel

I am a political scientist, a women's rights activist, a happy wife, and a brand new mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Family is everything to me and I am so grateful for my husband, Isaiah. I love to write and create things, especially music. I love to learn and have recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Political Science. My greatest creation thus far came my last day of college classes when our daughter Claire was born six weeks early. It has been an incredible experience learning how to become a mother! I have worked for and continue to be involved in a research project called WomanStats that correlates the status of women and the level of security within countries around the world. I have seen in my own life how the gospel of Jesus Christ brings incalculable happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the peace I feel when I follow the gospel principles. I have learned through experience that when I follow the teachings of the Savior, I am happy, and when I do not, I lose that inner happiness and direction. I have studied the Bible and the Book of Mormon and have made it a matter of prayer to know if the words are true. Through heavenly assurance, I know that they are! I have based my life on these beliefs and have found purpose, direction, and happiness in a time of life when most are struggling to make progress. During the times that I have struggled the most, I've been able to rely on the Savior to help me become something better. I know that if we turn our hearts to the Savior and seek Him out, He will heal any hurt, loneliness, guilt, or pain that we may carry. And He not only heals, but He makes new. I am also eternally grateful to be a Mormon because that is how I can be with my family forever! My testimony of family was strengthened when our daughter was born so early and had to be in the hospital for a month. No matter what happened, Isaiah and I knew that Claire would be ours forever. The presence of heavenly help was strong for our entire hospital stay. Claire continues to bless our lives in a number of ways, and I am so thankful that the gospel of Jesus Christ made a difficult situation the testimony builder of a lifetime!

How I live my faith

Right now I teach the "Sunbeams" every week at church - this group consists of six four-year-old girls who keep me on my toes! As rambunctious as they are, they are all eager to pray, sing songs , and learn about the Savior. I appreciate their examples and the chance they are giving me to practice my parenting skills for when my own baby can walk and talk and sing!

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

Rachel
I can wholeheartedly state that Mormons believe in the equality of men and women! Sometimes people think equality means the "exact same," which gives the false notion that everyone needs to be doing the same thing or have the same responsibilities to be equal. That isn't the case! Men and women are equals in their work, in building up their families, etc. as they work together in unity and mutual respect. As we all try to become more like Christ, we gain more equality. Men and women can be equals in knowledge, in faith, in charity, in patience. The idea that one gender is superior over the other is a worldly idea - God is no respecter of persons. Mormon women are much like other women; they know the importance of family and strive to strengthen their homes and communities. I have been surrounded by wonderful Mormon women my whole life and have always been amazed at how varied and unique their life paths have been - there is not a cookie cutter Mormon woman! For example, my grandmother has been a faithful member of the church throughout her life as she has served as the Lt. Governor and then Governor of Utah. Her civic participation inspired me to study political science in college. My mother is another wonderful example that I've always looked up to. She has dedicated her life to raising me and my siblings. She always came to every game, recital, and concert! Mormon women know the importance of uplifting and inspiring and are not limited from achieving their potential. Show more Show less