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Hi I'm Rah

I'm a mother of two, aspiring author, professional student and lover of road trips. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As the oldest of four children, I’ve been the first to do most things. I have one sister and two brothers. I’ve also gained two step-brothers and a half-brother along the way. All of them are taller than me. Even my children are gaining up on me! Ever since a 1600 mile RV trip when I was 7 years old, I’ve wanted to travel. Since then our favorite destinations are Denver, Colorado and Southern California. We have yet to venture many parts of the North, East Coast and South. My dream trip is to Paris, France for the temple open house in 2015! I'm a self-help nerd. From Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie to Stephen Covey and Tony Robbins to TED Talks and Oprah’s Lifeclass, I’m all over inner makeovers. However, my all-time favorite sources of personal growth are the scriptures. I hope to live a long time because there’s a lot of work to do! After being inspired by a talk as a college freshman, my dream job has been motivational speaker (it’s taken me a while to get comfortable speaking out in crowds though). I'm also a trained life coach, but most of my "clients" are friends and family members who call me to talk through their problems. I enjoy yoga, dancing of various genres, live theatre, roller skating and writing. I've been an avid journal writer since I was a teen and have written many poems and essays over the years. More recently, I published a fun little book for my children and am taking a break from professional studentdom to publish a long-time-coming memoir.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a family of strong Black women- a matriarchal, multi-generational upbringing. I was taught to keep close family ties and hold strong family values and consider both my mother and grandmother to be two of my closest friends. When my grandmother joined the church it didn't have much of an impact on my immediate family until my stepfather died. My mom was looking for answers and my grandmother shared what she had learned. Shortly after she discovered God's plan for families in a discussion with the missionaries, she and I were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The church became a new family of supportive brothers and sisters for us. I'm also a member of the military family. As a military spouse I've had the opportunity to live overseas and experience the stability of the LDS Church in different parts of the world and in different phases of my life. My late husband and I were blessed to have two beautiful children together before he was killed in Iraq. Having the gospel in our lives has given them the opportunity to understand Heavenly Father's plan in a way that has strengthened our faith and blessed our lives; we have an eternal perspective. I've also had the devastating life experience of remarriage that ended in divorce and more recently, a broken engagement. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been stability, a solid rock of truth, providing me answers throughout my life so that I grow stronger and closer to my savior Jesus Christ with every trial. Through it all, I am not jaded by failed attempts at an eternal family because I know that my Heavenly Father will bestow upon me every blessing He has in store if I remain faithful.

How I live my faith

The opportunities I've had to learn and grow while serving in the church has brought many, many blessings into my life. Currently, I team teach the adult Sunday school class with another member of our local congregation. During my preparation time I pray and study the scriptures, lesson manual and words of the prophets. I also challenge myself to live the principles that I am teaching and to follow the counsel of the leaders of the church so that I can allow the Spirit to teach through me. This has been a humbling and yet extremely rewarding experience. I've also been blessed for my service in my community. Over the years, I've studied a lot in human development and have found myself in jobs and volunteer positions that help others grow and develop in some way or another. I've been an AmeriCorps volunteer, CASA, adoption coordinator, AVID tutor and have even taught a couple of dance classes through Boys & Girls Club and the U.S. Army’s SKIES program as an independent contractor. Everyday I strive to keep the joy that I have obtained and share the light I have been given. I see the small acts of kindness-holding a door, letting someone else go first and especially a simple smile-as just as important as those that require more time and effort. I know serving others is is what my Savior would have me do because I feel His love when I do it!