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Hi I'm Rachael

I'm a saxophonist. I'm a teacher. I'm an origami-maker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a senior in college studying music education. After I graduate, I hope to get a job as a high school band director. I love learning about and playing music. I am the youngest of seven children and enjoy a life full of nieces and nephews (16 total) to play with and dote on. I have played the saxophone for ten years and am grateful to have performed in all kinds of environments and for all kinds of audiences. In my free time, I love to read, learn more about human psychology, and make origami.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the truth sets me free. In a world that is weary and burdened by evil, darkness, and confusion, I am blessed to have the light of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to brighten my path in this life and the eternities to come. Although life is not easy, I know that Christ will always guide me through the Holy Ghost, through personal revelation, and through his loving servants. I also have a great testimony that we have a living prophet on earth today. Because God is our Eternal Father and never changes, I know that He continues to communicate with his children through His prophet. I am so grateful that my parents, all those years ago, chose to listen to the words of two young missionaries in West Virginia. Without the faith of my parents, I would be utterly lost. Similarly, without the love of my Heavenly Father, I would be lost. The Book of Mormon is the word of God, as is the Holy Bible. I am a Mormon because every day, every hour, every minute I can answer the question, "Is the church true? Is this the right path?" with a confident and unwavering yes.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church regularly as well as various other church activities. I enjoy the responsibility of conducting music for some of my church meetings. I also greatly enjoy the company of the congregation that I attend. Frequently, I also enjoy opportunities to serve others such as a recent cemetery cleaning project where me and my fellow church members had the opportunity to clean gravestones, reset gravestones, and perform small landscaping tasks. Most importantly, I live my faith by being true to church standards and beliefs on a daily basis. Every day, a fresh set of choices is presented to me. How should I treat others today? How should I behave in class today? How hard should I work to do my best on an assignment? The answer to every question is found in my identity as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Rachael
No. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Rachael
Mormons are indeed Christians. In fact, the official name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and the son of God. We also believe that Jesus is the savior of all mankind who submitted to being the Lamb of God by performing the ultimate sacrifice and in turn providing salvation to those who seek healing and forgiveness through His Atonement. Mormons also strive to exemplify the characteristics of Jesus Christ in their lives by attending church, learning all they can about Christ and his gospel, and serving all of His children. Salvation can only be achieved through the teachings, gospel, and Atonement of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Rachael
Mormon church services are 3 hours long. These three hours are divided into three separate blocks. The first block is what we call Sacrament Meeting. During Sacrament Meeting, we are welcomed to church, we sing a hymn, then congregational business such as a change of calling (a job like being a pianist or a leader of a church group) is taken care of. After business, we take the Sacrament. During the Sacrament, blessings are said for the bread and water that symbolically represent the blood and body of Christ, and therefore the Atonement. The trays of bread and water are passed throughout the congregation. As a visitor, you should not feel at all obligated to partake of the Sacrament. After the Sacrament, we have three or four talks given on gospel talks by either church leaders or members of the congregation. The second block is for Sunday School. During Sunday school, we learn about one of the Standard Works of scripture through a lesson given by a member of the congregation who has been called to teach. During the third block, the women attend Relief Society and the men attend Priesthood. The Relief Society is the womens' organization of the Church. Visitors are not only welcome, but greatly appreciated and encouraged! If you would like to attend services at an LDS church, simply search for a meetinghouse near you through this website and you will be provided with the address and meeting time. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Rachael
Being a Mormon is a way of life. My beliefs as a Latter-day Saint, or Mormon, affect my everyday life in a number of positive and influential ways. I choose to follow the Word of Wisdom, which means that I don't drink coffee, black tea, or alcohol and I also don't smoke, use other tobacco products, or use illicit drugs. As a Mormon, I am also committed to other lifestyle habits and beliefs. I practice dressing modestly, which means that I don't wear any shorts that come above the knee or any sleeveless tops, etc. I also commit to not swearing and not speaking ill of others. Basically, the commandments that affect my lifestyle are designed to emphasize the worth of my soul and my body and to ensure that I am free of addiction to any spiritual or physical substance such as pornography or tobacco. While some perceive that we are limited in our lifestyle because of our beliefs, we are actually made freer to exercise our God given free will by remaining free of addictions and worldly vices. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Rachael
While all members of the First Presidency and Twelve Apostles are apostles and prophets, the man whom we refer to as the Prophet and the President of the Church is Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Rachael
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and is considered holy scripture dictated by God to his prophets. Much like the Bible, which we also use as scripture of God, The Book of Mormon is a record of disciples of Christ written by prophets in ancient days. The Book of Mormon follows a different group of disciples than the Bible. These peoples originate from the family of a prophet named Lehi, which existed in Jerusalem in about 600 BC. The family of Lehi left Jerusalem because Heavenly Father told them to do so to avoid destruction. They traveled through the wilderness for several years and eventually built a boat and crossed the ocean to the ancient Americas. The Book of Mormon chronicles their experiences and their testimonies of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, his resurrection, and his appearance to them in the Americas. We also believe in and use the Book of Mormon because we believe that the Bible, over time and many translations, subtractions, and additions of its contents, became diluted and the truths therein became less pure and simple and may have even been totally absent. The Book of Mormon serves to supplement the truths of the Bible with more truths presented in a pure, simple, and easy to understand manner. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Rachael
Yes, we do believe that there is a prophet much like there was in ancient days. We believe that because God loves us, he still speaks to us through personal revelation and through a Prophet who holds the authority to receive important revelation for all of us. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Rachael
We do not, in fact, worship Joseph Smith. We certainly regard him as an honorable man, a prophet, and a great contributor to the restoration of the gospel. The only beings whom we worship are Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Rachael
First of all, I'm happy to hear that you're interested in becoming a member of the Church! If you interested in becoming a member, you should first meet with the missionaries in order to learn about the gospel and become acquainted with the Church. Your lessons with the missionaries will also help you build a testimony that The Book of Mormon and the teaching of the Church are true and are the gospel of Jesus Christ. You will also have time to become familiar with the warm, peaceful, comforting feeling of the influence of the Holy Ghost. After you have found out that the Church is true, you can be baptized by emersion at a Church ceremony by an authorized holder of the Melchizedek Priesthood. If you'd like to meet with the missionaries, you can find out how on this website! Show more Show less

What is faith?

Rachael
Faith is "hope for things which are not seen, which are true" (Alma 32:21 or Hebrews 11:1). While faith can be rather complex, it is also very simple. Faith is also a combination of the pure love of Christ and hope. Faith, much like a small seedling, can grow to be a mighty oak with time and careful nurturing. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Rachael
Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are called Mormons because we were given that nickname a long time ago because we believe in The Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Rachael
The Church began with the sincere prayer of the 14-year-old Joseph Smith on a clear spring day in 1820. After Joseph prayed to know which church he should attend, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him, much like they have appeared to prophets in ancient days such as Moses on Mount Sinai, and told him that he should attend none of the churches because none had the fulness of the truth. In the following 10 years, Joseph was visited by heavenly messengers, translated the Book of Mormon, and organized the Church. The Church was organized in Fayette, New York on April 6, 1830 with 6 members. The church today has over 14 million members and continues to grow worldwide. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Rachael
Yes. The portion of The Book of Mormon that teaches this truth is actually one of my favorites. We believe that Jesus Christ visited his people in the Americas after his crucifixion and resurrection. You can read about this in the book of 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon. We also believe that he healed their sick, taught His gospel, and called 12 apostles in order to organize his Church in the Americas. We believe that the following words in John 10:16 refer to Christ's disciples in the Americas, " And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Rachael
There are a few very important things that you can do to know if the Church (Mormonism) is true. First, you should seek to learn more about the church if you are currently unacquainted. You can do this by meeting with the missionaries or asking a Mormon you know. You should pray sincerely to our Heavenly Father along with studying the scriptures. You should also strive to live God's commandments, fellowship in the church, and attend church meetings regularly. It is important to note that we are all given a manifestation of the truth of the gospel in ways that are as unique as our individual identities are. While some may hear a voice or feel an immediate and very powerful sensation of peace or warmth, others may take more time to know the truth and may need several small experiences to build a testimony. As Dieter F. Uchtdorf, an Apostle and prophet of God, so eloquently explains, "The truth is, those who diligently seek to learn of Christ eventually will come to know Him. They will personally receive a divine portrait of the Master, although it most often comes in the form of a puzzle—one piece at a time. Each individual piece may not be easily recognizable by itself; it may not be clear how it relates to the whole. Each piece helps us to see the big picture a little more clearly. Eventually, after enough pieces have been put together, we recognize the grand beauty of it all." Show more Show less