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Hi I'm Rachel Ann

I'm a wife & mother of 2. I love a clean house, the sunshine, being with my kids, the outdoors, being organized, & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Idaho, but only lived there a very short time. Both of my parents are from there. I grew up in Northern Utah. I have 4 brothers, 2 wonderful parents, & no sisters. After graduating high school in 2003 I moved to Saint George, Utah to start college at Dixie State college. This was my first time being out on my own & I LOVED it! I loved the red rock, the extreme heat, the midnight runs with my roommates to Sconecutters, late night dodgeball games, full days in the boat at the lake, & everything else! l I received my Associates of Arts in 2005 and then moved to Orem, UT. I was accepted into the Elem. Ed. program at UVSC (now known as UVU). Shortly after moving to Orem I met my husband in my singles ward. He was just what I was looking for: good looking, intelligent, strong member of the church, worthy priesthood holder, interested in me :), humble, self motivated, & more. We dated for 3 months, got engaged, & then got married 3 months after that. We got married in the Salt Lake Temple. We stayed in Utah for me to finish up my bachelor's degree. We then moved to Washington state and it was quite a change -very beautiful, but different. I was no longer surrounded by Mormons (just like me). It wasn't bad, just different. We now have 2 kids, & a boxer named Bruce. I LOVE spending time with my kids & watching them discover life for themselves. I love exercising, being outdoors, family time, hiking, biking, decorating, crafting, photography, cleaning, organizing & more.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents were born members and as was I. I grew up in a very active family (meaning we attending our church meetings and weekly activities regularly)...sunbeams, family home evenings, no shopping on Sundays, Young Women's, etc. I always enjoyed attending church and seeing my friends there each week. I made great friendships at church. I always loved singing time in primary. I loved learning about the great and noble people in the Book of Mormon. I was always amazed at the faith these people had. I have always thought it to be a desirable quality to be able to put your entire focus on the eternal perspective on things. This is displayed so much in the Book of Mormon. I remember a few times in my life, especially as a youth, kind of feeling discouraged as I read about these people and read their incredible testimonies and their everlasting desire to do what is right and to return to our Heavenly Father. Not that I didn't want that as well, but rather that they seemed to do so without much hesitation and made it seem so easy. I spoke to one of my leaders about this one day and he showed me many scripture references where these great people did struggle and did go through trying times in their lives. I came away from that feeling so much better about things. It was so nice to know that we aren't perfect and that is why we are here. We are here to go through these life experiences while keeping the end goal of exaltation in our minds and hearts. Through praying, pondering, fasting, and reading, I have come to know that the teachings of this church are true and are so sacred. It is such a blessing in my life to know that I don't have to be perfect, I just need to be doing all I can & our Savior, Jesus Christ, will do the rest. I have such a strong testimony of Prophet Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, the plan of salvation, the atonement, our current prophet, & all the teachings of this church. I am so grateful to know that my family is eternal.

How I live my faith

Many of us in our ward (church group) get together and have play groups, or other interest groups. These are not organized by our church, but we just enjoy getting together and having a good time. Many of us bring friends as well. These friends come from all different churches. Along with meeting together outside of church, we also meet as a group at least once a month for relief society (this is what we call our women's 18+ group). I help organize and plan these activities. We do all sorts of different things from craft days, learning new tasks, having knowledgeable speaking talk to us, eating delicious food and treats, socializing and building friendships, and more. I love being able to be apart of this. It is so nice to have a place to get to know these sisters better and to build connections.