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Hi I'm Rachel Christensen

I am a college graduate, a high school English teacher, and an avid reader. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up surrounded by aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins. I love working with teenagers, which led me to teaching High School. I love it. I studied History and English in my undergraduate work and received my Masters Degree in Literacy, Technology, and Professional Writing.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Gospel sustains me. It provides hope and comfort in times of trial and it provides a knowledge of life after death. It is a gospel of hope and a gospel of peace. When I was going through severe depression, I survived because I knew that the Lord would not give me a challenge that would not make me better. Through the power of the atonement and the power of prayer, I was able to recognize the positive and wonderful things in my life and I came to recognize how much the Lord loves me and how mindful he is of me. He knows my thoughts, desires, hopes, wishes.

How I live my faith

I plan the biweekly activities for the women in the ward/church group. It is a lot of fun. We try to plan things that teach life skills and that provide an escape from the everyday routine. I love thinking of ways to involve the women of the church in positive, uplifting, service oriented activities. I also get the chance to visit individually with a few women in the ward monthly, just to check on them and discuss their spiritual and temporal needs. I am lucky because the sisters I visit are now some of my best friends! When I moved to a new town without any family connections, I knew that I would be fine because I would have the safety net of my church family! Participating in the church provides me with friends, family, and an opportunity to serve the Lord through service to his children.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Rachel Christensen
Temples are houses of the Lord. They are sacred and holy buildings. Anciently, in the bible, they were places of prayer and sacrifice, as well as a place of worship. Today, they are also places of prayer and worship. We no longer practice animal sacrifice, but the principle of sacrifice is still important. We sacrifice the things of this world to be worthy to enter the temple and worship. Temple ordinances are designed to unite the family and help individuals and families return to God. In the temple we: Learn truths about the Gospel, receive sacred ordinances, including eternal marriage, and the sealing of families together for time and all eternity. We also provide ordinances for those who have passed on without the chance of hearing the gospel. They then have the choice to accept or reject the gospel for themselves. Show more Show less

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

Rachel Christensen
The Book of Mormon tells of the resurrected Jesus Christ and his visit to his people in Ancient America. They are one group of the "other sheep" that the Savior refers to in the bible. During his visit, he healed the sick, taught the gospel, blessed the people, and called disciples, similar to his actions in Israel. Through the book of Mormon, we receive yet another witness of Christ and his teachings. Show more Show less