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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a teacher, a student, a writer, a volunteer and a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a learner and a teacher, a writer and a doer. I'm involved with my community, active with my family and interested in just about everything. I am currently a PhD student in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, and I have a Master's degree in Communication. I have six fabulous children who keep me busy and continually remind me of the need to be humble. I volunteer with the PTO, run 5ks, carpool to early morning church classes for our teenagers, and read whenever I get the chance. I enjoyed years of being an at-home mom while freelance writing on the side, and now enjoy teaching college part time and being a student full time. I love learning, discussing, wondering.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes sense to me. The doctrine is in synch with what I learn and see in the business, in nature, in my interactions with others, in my schooling. I love the doctrine of eternal families, the doctrine of the creation - that Christ 'organized matter' to create the Earth, the doctrine of proxy ordinances. It makes sense to me that a loving God would provide a path to salvation for those who were unable to learn of Christ or unable to accept His truth for whatever reason. I am grateful to choose faith instead of doubt. We believe that all truth is wound together in one eternal truth. I know when I come across a problem where a scientific or earthly "truth" seems to contradict what I know of the gospel, there is an answer. Eventually I will learn how they fit together.

How I live my faith

I appreciate the varied experiences I am able to have as a member of the Mormon faith. I particularly appreciate teaching, camping, and learning with the youth and children of the church. I am able to plan and attend a week-long camp with the girls 12 -18 in our area and be with them as they learn, work, camp, serve and commit to live moral, kind lives. On Sundays I am blessed to teach and learn from the children 18 months to 12 yrs. old. We sing together about love, peace, family and scripture. We talk about honesty, praying, honoring the Sabbath, obeying our parents, seeking for truth and feeling the Holy Spirit guide us through important decisions. I'm blessed in my interaction with the women of the church. We are a diverse group with many interests, strengths and talents. They are an educated group who value learning, growth, parenting, and constant improvement. We enjoy book groups, play groups, teaching English to refugees, helping those who are ill, bringing meals to new mothers and those who cannot leave their homes, sewing blankets for teen moms and many other kinds of service and learning.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are respected and given many responsibilities. I've served in numerous positions in the church, sitting in councils with other leaders. My opinions, concerns and ideas are listened to with equal weight as those of anyone else. In marriage, we are taught that the husband and wife are equal partners and should treat each other with love and respect. We counsel together on decisions. Many Mormon women direct the finances and other important business for the family. The division of labor is largely dependent on talents and skills, and most marriages in the Mormon church are partnerships. Show more Show less