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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a student, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm Rachel and i'm 20 years old living in Norwich, England. I am currently studying to become a nurse, which I feel is the most rewarding job in the world. I love being a Student Nurse and helping others in need. In my spare time I like to spend time with my friends inside and outside of church. Each week I got to institute classes where I learn about Gospel principles and spend time with my friends. I thoroughly enjoy this as it helps me learn about the scriptures and develop my understanding of Doctrine. The biggest influence on my life is music. I love it so much! I play the flute and I am teaching myself to play piano and guitar. I love how close I feel to my Heavenly Father when I develop these talents, especially when I have been struggling to learn a particular song. I volunteer to help teach children from 18months-12yrs each week to develop their talents with music and singing, which is a hugely rewarding use of my time. I hope to convey my love of music to them so that they can appreciate the hymns and music as much as I do.

Why I am a Mormon

In my youth I started to doubt whether there was a God. I didn't speak much to people at church and I started to wonder why I went. It's not as if I enjoyed it for any particular reason, but I knew that if I stopped going it would break my parent's hearts. At that point I began to wonder what the point is in doing something you know you won't enjoy? I made a deal with myself that I would put my all into church, and if nothing came out of it I would just have to tell my parents I wasn't going. I started a new life. I prayed with more feeling, timing myself to pray for 20 minutes each day. I studied the scriptures and took notes of each chapter to ensure sound understanding. I tried harder to make friends, serve the members, welcome visitors to church, and learnt to play hymns on my flute. I didn't know that my life would be so blessed by this decision. I felt the Holy Ghost guiding me each day to do what's right and gained the confidence to stand out. I learnt that the lord is on my side, which was reinforced every day. I now understand that I have a purpose on Earth and I can make it a better place through living a righteous life. This knowledge gets me through the trials of life, which are lightened when I pray. Years later I look back to this experience and recognise how my life has changed from carrying out such a small experiment. I am a Mormon because it makes me a better person. It helps me live a good and wholesome life. I am taught of true principles and Doctrine.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through remembering that I am a child of a God. Through having my mind focused on this principle of the Gospel, I remind myself to act like a child of God. As well as attending church on a regular basis I participate in a weekly study course called institute, where members and investigators meet together to study the scriptures. This is an amazing blessing in my life as I am able to not only be educated in this gospel, but I am also given the opportunity to meet and spend time with people of my own age. We often take time out to help others within the community through raising their spirits or completing a service project. It is a blessing in my life, and I invite everyone and anyone who is interested in this class to take part in it. It lifts you spiritually and socially. I live my faith through living the standards. We are taught from a very young age to be modest and develop morals and values such as virtue, honesty and chastity. Every day I take thought to look like a representative of the Lord through not wearing short skirts or revealing attire. I read from the Bible and Book of Mormon daily and remember to pray to Heavenly Father for help and to give gratitude for my blessings -I am truly blessed.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Rachel
We are told in the scriptures by Jesus that "except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). This means that in order for us to live with our Heavenly Father again we need to be baptised and receive the Holy Ghost, and this is what we practise. We are baptised by immersion, just like Jesus was and are given the girft of the Holy Ghost by members of the Priesthood. By doing this we are given daily guidance to help us do what is right, and are able to feel the love Heavenly Father has for us through prayer and reading from our scriptures daily. If we do this willingly for the rest of our lives, we will then be able to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Rachel
Being a member of the church is the happiest thing! Through participating in church activities and making friends in the church you realise that we are all happy and bring something different to society that you just can't put your finger on. You may wonder why this is so, we have so many laws and "restrictions" to abide by, how could that possibly make a person feel happy? But the truth is, when you realise that everything Mormons stand for helps you to live a long, healthy life as well as helping you develop strong moral standards, you realise that we're not so different from everyone else. We just know how to live life in a more responsible way, but we have twice the amount of fun! Being a Mormon is fun and happy, but we do recognise that life is full of experiences that are positive and negative. Learning through the scriptures and words of a modern day prophet helps you recognise the support we can receive in this life. In my own life I have often prayed to receive comfort from trials I didn't think I could overcome. Sometimes this involved sleepless nights and uncontrollable tears, but I knew that there is someone there listening despite the loneliness previously felt. Being a Mormon is wonderful. I am blessed each day, and I am grateful for that. Show more Show less