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Hi I'm Rachel Diane.

I'm a college student. I love reading, music, purple, and bicycling. I belong to Toastmasters International. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My favorite authors are Patricia McKillip, Robin McKinley, Terry Pratchett, and Dean Koontz. I love to read fantasy and sci-fi. Someday I will be a professional writer too. I'm already studying the business and craft of writing. I enjoy spending time with my friends and joking around about aliens and conspiracy theories. I like to cook but I think it's sad that dishes are an inevitable side effect. I enjoy crafts and working with my hands. I'm shy around people I don't know, but I like to be friendly to strangers. I've learned a lot of interesting things by striking up conversations with people whose name I never know. I'm a teenager, but I've never liked talking on the phone- I want to see someone's face and body language when we're talking. I'm often absentminded because I'm spinning stories in my head. I have and love three cats, two young gingers and an old gray calico with all the personality of a spunky southern belle. I like pretty things, even if it's tacky. I love to sing and dance in the kitchen, when no one's watching. When I ride my bike, I feel like I'm flying. I love to bike long distances and see the scenery change. Fall is my favorite time of year. I like to watch rain fall. I have a hard time staying on topic.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born in the church. I've attended church every Sunday my entire life except those days when I was too sick to go. I can't imagine leaving the church. When I lost a close family member, I was angry with God, but I always knew He was there. I've never had a vision, seen an angel, or heard the voice of God, but I have had many strong witnesses that God is real, that He loves his children, and that no matter what everything will be okay. I love to read the scriptures. I love to talk about the church and the scriptures to anyone who wants to listen. I'm a very logical person (when I'm not imagining what it would be like if I could read thoughts), and my faith is very logical. Knowing God is the creator of everything- including all sciences- makes the world make sense. There is nothing contradictory or inconsistent about God or His plan for us. He is the great and eternal constant. When all else fails, He does not. When everyone else deserts me, He does not. I am a Mormon because I was born Mormon, raised Mormon, and have never been anything else. But if I had not been so blessed to be raised in the church, I would have searched for it my entire life. It is the true and full gospel.

How I live my faith

I know that we are all spirit children of God. I try to treat everyone I meet with friendliness and respect, because I know that everyone has a divine nature. Even if they don't know who they are, I do, and I've found that when I treat people as God sees them, they light up inside. Because God is a God of truth, I work hard to be honest all the time. Sometimes I'm tempted to lie, but I know that Satan is the Father of Lies, and I want nothing to do with him. Recently I was called as Sunday School teacher for the adult class. Because our church has a lay ministry, even someone as young as I am can have teaching positions. I love to teach every week. I learn a lot from my class members, who all have more experience than I do and are generous in sharing what they've learned. Teaching and testifying of Christ makes me happy, especially when I see that I'm helping someone feel what I feel. I sing in my local community choir for the Christmas performance. The carols and hymns are beautiful, and when I sing I feel that I'm sharing my testimony in a way that touches hearts directly. Music is one of my favorite ways to worship. I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet. I know that Thomas S Monson is our prophet today. The scriptures are the word of God and have power to help, protect, and influence daily life. Someday I hope to marry someone with a strong testimony and raise my own children in the church, teaching them the gospel while they grow. I want to live the rest of my life growing in the gospel and sharing the joy I feel with others.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Rachel Diane.
I feel His love for me daily. When I count my blessings - all those things that have come into my life through coincidences of timing and opportunity - I marvel that He takes so much thought for me. When you consider how blessed you are, you will begin feel how much He loves you. Try counting everything in your life that helps you, makes you happy, or makes you a better person. Can it be possible to be so blessed in a universe that has no God? If you assume that every blessing you have is only chance - and if you pretend that all of those chances are equivalent to flipping a coin - can you believe that coincidence accounts for why you and so many others toss so many heads instead of tails? There is too much design in our blessings - too many friends who called when we needed them, too many car accidents that didn't quite happen, too many opportunities when we were ready, too many second chances - for me to believe we are happy victims of chance. Coincidence does not love us. I feel loved every day I wake up and remember that I am alive, living a life I choose, and have a family that cares for me. If you give thanks for your blessings daily, you will also receive a witness that you are the spirit child of an Eternal Father. Show more Show less