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Hi I'm Rachel

I grew up in northern California. I'm a former middle school teacher and a busy mom of four children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in northern California. I love the beauty of the wine country, even though I don’t drink wine. I also love piano music, funny movies, and classic literature. I’m a former sixth grade teacher, a mom to two daughters and two sons, and a wife. I’m also a wannabe quilter, a brownie baker, and an interior design hobbyist. I’m a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church. I have a large extended family and being Mormon was a great way to grow up. My ancestors came from England to the United States to follow the prophet Joseph Smith because they believed God had restored the true gospel of Jesus Christ and they wanted to be a part of it. They made tremendous sacrifices, which inspires me, but that isn’t why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that He loves all of us and cares about our lives. I believe that he willingly died for us, and that he is the only hope we have of being saved. I believe that he walked the earth as a man in Jerusalem, and that he visited the American continent after his death, to show himself to people there who had waited generations for Him. I’m thankful that He visited them, and that we have a record of it, because it testifies again of His perfect character, and that He loves us ALL. I know He was resurrected and that He lives, and that because of Him there is life after death. I believe that His Gospel is perfect, and that if I do my best to live it, He can and will give me strength to deal with every challenge I face. Being a Mormon brings me closer to Jesus Christ and I need Him in my life, every single day.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ showed us how to care about the individual, and I wish I could be like Him. I want to be the kind of person who lifts others up. I know personally that even small things make a difference, like taking time to listen to someone who needs to talk, offering a hand if someone needs a little help, or even just smiling and starting a conversation with the checker at the grocery store. My family is really important to me. With four kids our house is usually busy and loud. Sometimes there is fighting and there’s almost always a mess somewhere, but we love each other and spend a lot of time together. I believe my responsibilities as a mom and a wife are my highest priorities. The way my family lives the gospel together is the most important part of my life. It doesn’t always come easy, but I try to make my life and the way I spend my time a reflection of this commitment. Spending time studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon, going to church and to the temple, and praying and seeking God’s plan for my life are a big part of living my faith. I serve as the president of the Relief Society in our congregation, which is our womens service organization. The women I serve with are amazing examples to me of people who want to live as the Savior lives, caring for their families, serving those in need, and sharing the good news of the Gospel.