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Hi I'm Rachel

I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a goal setter. I will forever be a zookeeper, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

When I was a little girl I knew that I was going to work with animals when I grew up. As a young girl I made it my goal to do whatever I needed to someday work with animals and I believed I could do it. I loved visiting zoos and aquariums with my family. Besides simply enjoying and learning about the amazing creatures at these places, I looked for the animals’ caretakers and inquired about the necessary education and training I would need to one day be like them and to work so closely with the animals. Luckily I was given several opportunities during my college education to work closely with and care for animals that helped me later get the job of my dreams and reach my goal that I had set so many years earlier. Through my persistence in achieving my goal, I have gained a better understanding and appreciation for hard work and believing in myself. While today I no longer work at a zoo, I have a young son and another little boy on the way, so I feel as though I will always be a zookeeper what with taking care of my crazy little ones and all the pets I am most likely to say “yes” to.

Why I am a Mormon

It’s hard for one not to believe in a creator of all things when they simply look at the beauty of the world all around them. I am Mormon because I believe in an exalted creator—a creator with more intelligence than I can imagine; an inventive, artistic, and imaginative creator. I believe in a creator of all things—the plants, the animals, the sciences, and a creator of me and all others. My belief in my Heavenly Father, my creator, inspires me to search, to hope, to do, to seek, and to teach. I am grateful for the opportunities given to me because of my faith, my belief in my Heavenly Father, and my willingness to act, to do, and to persist because of the strength given to me through Him. I take comfort in seeing and knowing of all of His creations. I am filled with joy when I think of my Heavenly Father’s love for me and all of His children; that He has created and given us all of these things to enjoy and learn from. I strive to protect and conserve all that my Heavenly Father has created for me. I hope to teach others about these boundless gifts we’ve been given and inspire respect for all of His creations in them. I am Mormon because of my love for all things which my Father in Heaven has created and inspired me with and I believe that all things are made possible not only through Him, but also through that which He has created and abundantly given to us.

How I live my faith

I live the principles and teachings of my faith daily. My faith teaches me to strive to do my best in all things and to have passion and commitment for those things that are righteous. I have found that setting goals and having something to work towards and achieve helps me to live my faith. My ultimate goal in life is similar to many Christians’ in that I hope to live my life in a way that makes me worthy to return to live with my Father in Heaven and to be part of His eternal family. By making smaller, proximate goals I have put myself on the path to exaltation. In my goal setting I am sure to be specific about what it is I am seeking, to have a plan, to ask for help when needed, and of course to have reinforcement for achieving the goal and the steps along the way. I have been setting goals for as long as I can remember (as a competitive swimmer growing up, as a zookeeper, and now as a parent) and have found that each goal (small or large) helps to give me purpose and direction. With a goal and a plan set it is easy to look back and see where something might have gone wrong or exceptionally well. I am grateful for the opportunity I have been given to teach my little boys and to help them set goals and progress towards eternal life with their Heavenly Father. Living my faith has given me a greater appreciation for all things that I’ve been given, whether it is a fantastic opportunity or a trial to endure through. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for all things.