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Hi I'm Rachel

I've traveled all over the world, I served a mission in Ohio, I love being with my family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 2nd oldest in my family of 9 children. We have always loved spending time together and going out hiking, camping, visiting different places, and even just spending time together at home. We are pretty much our own party! I find true joy in serving others, my family taught me to be that way. When I was 18 I decided to serve a Humanitarian Mission. We visited several different countries where we were able to provide medical care to people who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to be helped. It was amazing to be able to work with so many different people who had come from different places and backgrounds, but we were all united to help bless the lives of those we served. As I served, my love for the people and those I served with grew so much. That experience really helped me to be able to see how blessed I truly was, and it helped the desire within me grow to help bless the lives of others. I served as a full time missionary in the Cleveland Ohio Mission. This was another way I have found to help bless those around me by helping them come closer to Christ. I spent 18 months there, and am now home to continue on with college, work, and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, my Mom and Dad raised me to understand all of the teachings of the gospel. I learned from a young age that God was my Heavenly Father and that He knew me and loved me. I learned that I could communicate with Him through prayer. I was taught that this church was Christ's Church restored again to the Earth. I'm grateful that I was taught these things. Even though I had been taught these things my whole life, and felt that they were true I wanted to know for myself without even a shadow of a doubt. I decided that I would read that Book of Mormon and pray and ask God if these things were all true. After I was reading and praying consistently for sometime I began to recognize more clearly the peace that would come as I did. I also was able to receive direction and guidance for other things in my life as I did so. In Galatians 5:22 it teaches how to recognize the spirit, that the spirit brings feelings of peace, joy, love, and faith. I know I have felt the Holy Ghost confirming to me that this is true as I've prayed and applied the teaching of the gospel in my own life. I know that because I am a member of the Church, I know who I am as a daughter of God, and that He does have a plan for me. I know that the gospel is how Heavenly Father can help us and bless in our lives today. I know that it is truly only through Christ that we could ever be happy in this life, and return to live with our families and our Heavenly Father after this life.

How I live my faith

I have been able to see the many blessing that have come into my life because of the restored gospel, so one of the ways I live my faith is by helping others learn for themselves about these things. I served as a missionary to help others come to know that Jesus is our Savior, and that he has re-established His church again on the Earth today through a living Prophet of God. I continually look for ways to help others come unto Christ and feel of God's great love for them. I daily try my best to live the teachings of Christ by the things I do and say. In the Book of Mormon one of the prophets teaches "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."(mosiah 2:17) I know that the the way we treat others reflects the love we have for our Heavenly Father and his son. Even if it is just smiling at those you meet or offering a helping hand, it is showing our love for those around us and for God. As I have read from the Bible and the Book of Mormon I have found how I can follow Christ more fully and apply his teachings. I know that both books are witnesses of Christ and they will bring us closer to Him. I know that when I am living the commandments, that is when I am most happy. As we come closer to Christ we are truly happy. And learning what his teachings are and applying them is how we come closer to him and become more like him.