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Hi I'm Rachel

I have a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. I love to travel and experience different cultures. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew-up in Washington and Oregon with a wonderful family. I am the youngest of 7 children. I grew-up playing sports, doing woodworking, and having fun. I went to University where I studied Therapeutic Recreation. I worked with at-risk youth and people with developmental disabilities for a few years before I started my family. I am now a stay-at-home mom, which I think is the best job so far! I love to travel! I have been to 12 different countries. I lived in Kiev Ukraine for 4 months while teaching English there. I love learning about people and cultures. I served a mission for the LDS church in San Diego. I am now married with one child, our daughter. We love her very much!

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon! I grew-up in the church, but that doesn't mean I had to stay in the church. As a child I loved the songs and stories I would hear from the scriptures. I loved going to church, but I think that was to see my friends. As I hit my teenage years I had some friends from the church that were making different decisions. Some were staying with the church and others were choosing to go away from the church. So, I decided it was about time I decided what I wanted to do. I started to pray and read on my own. I watch members of the LDS church and people of other faiths or no faiths. I wanted to choose based on what I saw and felt. I decided I liked how Mormons lived. I liked being healthy, clean cut, happy and just a little bit different. I liked having a direction in my life. I also liked having the spirit in my life. After deciding all these things I really prayed to know if the gospel that came with all these aspects of life was true. As I prayed and studied the gospel of Christ I felt beyond a doubt that these teaching were true. That what I had been taught my whole life was right. I am grateful for that confirmation of the truth and the knowledge that it gave me. Now that does not mean I don't have my ups and downs when it comes to the teachings of Christ as taught by the LDS church, but it does mean I have a foundation that can carry me through any questions or doubts I might have. It also means I know that God loves me and is aware of me. It means that I know that Jesus Christ came to this earth for me. I know that Joseph Smith was chosen to bring these wonderful truths back to us so that we might know them. I know that through the Book of Mormon we can understand what God wants us to do and what He expects of us. I know that the Gospel and Jesus Christ as explained through the LDS church is correct and true. I know so many things because I choose to know and learn and listen to the spirit. I know it is true.

How I live my faith

I love going to church. I love the relationships with others and familiarity I have with them. I just moved to my new ward and have not received a chance to serve others formally, but that does not mean I do not serve. I have served in many positions and have been grateful for the experiences I have had. I am grateful to be able to sit back a little and help here and there where needed. I am able to go to different events and meet new people. I am able to sit next to someone new and say hello and help them feel welcome. And I am able to receive service and love from others. I love getting to know different people and feel their love.