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Hi I'm Rachael

I'm a mother, teacher, and runner. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I met in college when we were both attending Brigham Young University--I was only nineteen and I'm sure this was a little scary for my parents! I completed my master's degree in English after we were married, and then we moved across the country so that he could pursue a Ph.D. in engineering at Purdue, where I now teach advanced writing while he finishes his degree. We have five children (two girls and three boys). I love to cook, especially with ingredients from my backyard garden; read (I can stay up way past my bedtime with a good book!), and train as a long-distance runner.

Why I am a Mormon

It's a little hard for me to answer this question because my faith is such an integral part of me that it's difficult to identify what I would be like without it. Essentially, every good trait in my character has been shaped, refined, and developed through my membership in the Church. The two most life-changing decisions I've made were in deciding to marry my husband and to pursue English rather than my planned career in law. Both of these were made after praying to know which path I should follow, and both were very different from the answers that I thought I would get. But over the intervening years, I have seen that the life that the Lord has envisioned for me is so much more magnificent than the one I had planned myself. My membership in the Church is invaluable to me because of the person that it's helped me to become. I experienced a lot of success in my academic training and it was very difficult for me to decide to stay home with my children, which was something that I felt was the right choice, but a very difficult choice. Being part of a Church that constantly emphasizes the noble role of motherhood has been very strengthening to me, as I feel that the world as a whole does not always support this idea. I suppose I can say that I'm a Mormon because I feel--and have seen in my life--that the teachings of the Church are helping me to become the person that I want to be. I don't know how I could achieve this any other way. As a member of the Church, I am growing and developing and being stretched in ways that I never would otherwise; I am learning to be more patient, compassionate, and charitable through the daily opportunities that come into my life as a result of the choices I've made to follow the doctrines of the Church.

How I live my faith

In my local congregation, I teach the girls ages 16 and 17. They are such a wonderful group of girls, and I love working with them so much! I prepare lessons that I share with them during our Sunday meetings about topics like scripture study, modesty, service in the community, and honesty. I also meet with them on some weekday evenings; sometimes we have little mini-lessons and sometimes we just do fun activities together like water-skiing or a service project in the community. In my home, we have weekly meetings as a family on Monday evenings which we call Family Home Evening. We take turns preparing a short lesson, a family activity (often a walk or bike ride), and a treat, the promise of which always helps the younger and wigglier members of our family wait through the lesson! We have daily scripture study and family prayer together, and it's always neat to hear our children asking questions about scripture stories and applying the ideas taught in the stories to their own lives. As a stay-at-home mother, I am with my children all day, every day. I try to live so that I am a good example to them of someone who believes in Christ and is trying to be like Christ. I am certainly imperfect, but I want them to know that I am trying, and that they can try too. None of us are perfect, but the most important thing is that we keep trying and doing the best that we can. This is what I try to teach my children on a daily basis.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

This is one of the most wonderful things about our church. We believe that when husbands and wives are sealed together in the temple that our marriage will last eternally. Children who are born to parents who are sealed (or children who are sealed to their parents at a later date, including adopted children) become part of this eternal family. Show more Show less