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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a stay at home mom raising 5 children and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Ten years ago I finished a degree in physical therapy. I worked as a physical therapist for three and a half years while my husband was in school, but after returning to work following the birth of my second child I felt it was time to focus on raising my children and I was able to find part time work that I could do from home. Fortunately, I no longer need to work and am now able to stay at home and "work" at raising my five children. My oldest child is eight years old and my youngest is 7 months old, so the majority of my time is spent with laundry, cooking, cleaning and other household tasks, but I am able to find time to read, garden and bake. I was born and raised in California, but a year ago my family moved to Colorado. We love our new home and all the new opportunities our move has made available to us. Currently my family has taken to fishing and we are raising chickens. I enjoy change and think it is fun to try new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My earliest memories include attending church and learning the teachings of Jesus Christ with my family. As a child I loved spending time with my family and was grateful to know that I could be with my family forever. As my siblings got in their teen years one of my brothers began to made choices contrary to the teachings of my parents and the church, and began to use drugs and party with his friends. Even though I was only 12, watching the change in my brother was shocking. I could see his sadness and anger, as well as his confusion. I felt different when I was around him. Over the next few years as I watched what was happening to my brother and watched my parents struggle with how to help, I gained an education and testimony of the happiness and peace that comes with following the teachings of Christ and saw first hand the damage and sadness that happens when you turn away from these teachings. I loved my brother and wanted to be around him, but because of what he was doing and how he acted, when he was in our home, it felt different. The safe, comfortable feeling I had taken for granite as a child, would leave. In church Sunday school classes I had been taught that the Holy Spirit was the source of the happy, peaceful feeling my family had always enjoyed, but that the Holy Spirit could not be where people were not following the teachings of Heavenly Father. Because I had witness the loss of the Holy Spirit, I valued the peace, happiness and safety that following the teachings of the church brought. I learned then, and I still know now, that if I follow the teachings in the scriptures and from the living prophets I will never be lost. I WILL have trials and hard things WILL happen, but if I follow Christ I can always have His spirit with me and I can always be at peace.

How I live my faith

In the last year our family has had many changes. Our youngest daughter was born, my husband changed jobs and our family moved to another state. With so many life changing decisions and events I have a renewed gratitude for prayer. When we are facing big decisions it is so comforting to be able to pray and receive reassurance that what we are doing is a good decision and will benefit our family, or to be nudged to look in a different direction.