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Hi I'm Rachael

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am lucky enough to be a stay-at-home-mom. We moved to Arizona just after graduating from college, and here is where I discovered some of my talents (and the fact that I desperately need the sun). I do portrait photography and love to hang out with my family, go out on dates with my husband whenever the opportunity occurs, and take the kids to the park with friends. I wish I could travel more, but time and money is often prohibitive so I often read to escape to other places and times.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. But both of my parents are converts which is something I have always been particularly proud of. I've never appreciated the stigmatism that people often associate with lifelong "Mormons", as if it isn't an intensely individual choice, and one that should be taken seriously and not just happened upon by birth. I pride myself on my ability to question things and arrive at my own conclusions based both on fact and by faith. At first, I went to church because that's what I was supposed to do. But in my teen years I started to question the "why's" of everything as teenagers often do. While I made mistakes, it strengthened my testimony of my Savior and I started to go to church because I realized it was true for myself and not for anyone or anything else. Now my faith in the gospel, and my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints mean everything to me and guides me in my small, daily decisions as well as helping me see the grand scheme of things. Becoming a parent has solidified my desires in what I want for my family, and how I want to be an example to my kids.

How I live my faith

My current position in the church is to serve as the president of our children's organization, the Primary. Sometimes I look at my life and can't believe this is where I am, and that I am responsible not only for my own kids but the needs of so many others as well. And while I am often stressed by the chaos and noise that is par for the course in any children's organization, I am happy to be there. Just like being a parent of young kids, you think you're not making a difference or getting through and then a child will give you a hug or come in tears and you can turn their day around. When they share a small, simple, but very spiritual experience they had it can be more poignant than being with adults. It often reminds me that Christ taught that we should be pure and without guile like little children. But the day to day exercise of my faith extends beyond that. It's hard to do the little things consistently, but that is what life is made of, and it's the little things that make us who we are. The little things like reading my scriptures, praying, serving others without any expectation of recognition or reward, being a good neighbor, being a good mom. While I am far from perfect, I try to live as an example of my faith without being preachy. To love others exactly as they are, without judgement, and to just appreciate the beauty of life. And when I fail miserably, it is my faith that picks my back up again, tells me to apologize or even forgive myself and let go of guilt, and move on.