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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah, in a town just north of Salt Lake City. I enjoy hiking in the mountains around my home and spending time with my family. I'm 22 years old, and enjoying the single life. As a student I attend Brigham Young University. I hope to major in Recreation Management with a minor in non-profit business with the dream of working with non-profit organizations helping children in developing countries. I spent three months living in rural Ghana, volunteering at a very small orphanage. I learned more living there than I feel I could ever learn at school. After returning home, our family prayed and decided it was right for us to adopt one of the boys from the orphanage I volunteered at. Adopting a 14-year-old from a completely foreign country has proven to be a challenge. Not only did it take us two years to get him here, helping him now that he is here is certainly a little rough. But every time I hear him cheering or yelling at the TV during a soccer game I just remember how grateful I am to the Lord that he is even here with our family. He has taught me lot in the short time he has been here. Most recently I returned from serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Independence, Missouri. My eighteen months in Missouri were sacred and my testimony of the Savior increased by more than I can comprehend. My life is what I make it, and I love it! What can I say? Life is an adventure!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in an LDS family. My parents grew up Mormon and so did their parents. But, that is not why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I choose to be. I cannot pinpoint an exact moment when I became "converted", but I'd say it's been a progression. With each year that passes, I realize how much more the Gospel means to me. I see the hand of the Lord in my life as I look back on experiences and trials. I can say with full confidence that Jesus Christ has never left me alone. You know those times when you feel like no one understands exactly what you are feeling? It happens to all of us. The good news is that Christ has felt exactly what we are feeling. The hard time does not become easy, but it becomes possible. I am a Mormon because I have unquestionably felt in my heart that the teachings of the Church are true. What does that mean? It means that God speaks to our leaders, directing us with truth from on high. As a former sociology student, I have attended lectures that question what truth is and if it really exists. Luckily for us, we have a Prophet who receives direct revelation from God and communicates truth to us. There is truth and it comes from the Prophet, scriptures (the Book of Mormon & the Bible), and other authorities in the Church. This makes life so much more simple. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy and I want others to feel the same joy I feel when I follow the teachings of the Prophet.

How I live my faith

Living the Gospel and living by faith means trusting in the Savior, repenting, reading and pondering the scriptures and speaking to my Heavenly Father every day. It takes daily effort. But it's so rewarding! I actively participate at church. By this I mean that I go to church each Sunday, I attend church activities on weekdays, and when called upon to serve in other ways I gladly accept. As a young single adult (YSA), I sometimes get to help plan activities for the singles. One of my favorite callings is that of visiting teaching. Almost every woman is called as a visiting teacher. This means that we get to visit a couple of the other women in our neighborhood each month. It seems like it might be a burden or feel forced. But, when I get into it and go with a desire to teach, help and become friends with the girls I visit and with the other girls that visit me, it ends up being a great experience. It's a wonderful way to get to know all the women/girls around me and become friends. Another way I live my faith is by trying to follow the council of the Prophet in my day to day actions. I am not always perfect, but I try to live in a way that people know I follow God. I always try to be honest, kind, patient, forgiving, and giving people the benefit of the doubt. Like I said, I am not nearly perfect. It's not always easy, but it's totally worth it!