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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Sacramento, California and I am a teacher who loves learning, sharing and discussing! In college, I studied Anthropology and I love to travel... Costa Rica is my favorite place in the World! I enjoy knitting, baking, crafting, SCUBA diving and riding my motorcycle. Being Mormon makes me so happy that I want to share it with everyone, so that they can feel this happiness, too!

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was 22. My boyfriend at the time was raised Mormon, but was no longer practicing. However, being Mormon was still part of his identity and most of his friends and family were Mormon. One day, Mormon missionaries came knocking on my door and so I decided to take this opportunity to learn about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to better understand my boyfriend and his friends and family. I started talking to the missionaries with no intent of converting, but just out of curiosity about the Church. After starting to study the Church, I started recieving signs from God leading me towards the Church. At first, they were subtle and I would think, "Hmm, what an odd coincidence." Then, they got more unnatural and I would think, "Hmm.. that could be a sign from the Holy Ghost." Then, they became undeniable and I started saying, "OK, that is definitely the Holy Ghost guiding me towards becoming Mormon." I have no doubt that Heavenly Father sent the Holy Ghost to me to guide me towards The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He did this by giving me signs, strengths and answers that were undeniable and would never have happened naturally. Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost continue to confirm my faith on a regular basis by giving me answers to my questions and concerns. Every time I have a serious concern, Heavenly Father sends me an answer loud and clear... and quick! It never ceases to amaze me! The most influential reason why I am Mormon is because since the day that I have lived my faith, I have never felt so happy and nothing has ever felt so right. My faith makes life worth living, and without it, life simply sucks.

How I live my faith

I strive to learn all that I can about Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Church. I read the Book of Mormon and the Bible as much as I can every day and am always picking up new scripture study guides and manuals. I'm an information sponge! I also love discussing scripture and hearing other people's philosophies! I enjoy devoting as much of my time to church as possible. It makes me so happy to spend time being totally focused on the Church. I accomplish this by participating in as many church activities as possible. I like to fill my schedule with scripture study and discussion, games and hanging out with a small group from my church family (called Family Home Evening) on Mondays, Bible study class on Tuesdays, meeting with missionaries and people who are checking out The Church on Wednesdays, doing fun, social activities with other Mormons on Thursdays, doing charity work on Fridays, and attending church services and spending time with my family on Sundays (my favorite day of the week)! I love talking to people who are interested in becoming Mormon or who have recently converted to being Mormon. Being a convert myself, I enjoy sharing why I have no doubt that the Church is true and why I chose to be Mormon. I especially love hearing about other people's experiences. It is such an exciting thing to learn the truth and the happiness it brings when you didn't know it before!

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Rachel
Before I was Mormon, I had heard and thought all sorts of crazy things about the Church, making it seem cult-like. Now, as a Mormon, and knowing the truth about all of these reputations, I realize that most of the things I had heard had some truth to them, but were taken out of context and manipulated to make them seem more cultish than they really are. Kind of like how the press will take a clip of what a celebrity says to put it in a different context and make it seem like they are saying something completely different. I really don't know why some people hate Mormons so much. I can't figure out where it came from. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Rachel
During the Apostasy (before Joseph Smith restored the Gospel), nobody on Earth had the authority from God to baptize people. Therefore, no true baptisms took place. Also, many people alive during the restored Church time (now) choose not to be baptized. However, everybody will have the chance to choose to be baptized in the afterlife, although, somebody on Earth has to proxy perform it for them in order for it to be official. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Rachel
To become an official member, you need to be bapitized. To be baptized, you need to accept the Church doctrine with faith and repent of your sins. Being baptized cleanses you of your past sins and starts your journey as a Mormon. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Rachel
During the Apostasy (before Joseph Smith restored the Gospel), nobody on Earth had the authority from God to baptize people. Therefore, no true baptisms took place. Also, many people alive during the restored Church time (now) choose not to be baptized. However, everybody will have the chance to choose to be baptized in the afterlife, although, somebody on Earth has to proxy perform it for them in order for it to be official. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Rachel
Absolutely! However, the Bible was translated many times while the Holy Ghost was not on Earth (The Great Apostasy) to ensure the proper translation and some important parts of the Bible were lost. So that is taken into consideration. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Rachel
All church operations are funded by tithing. As members of the Church, we choose to tithe 10% of our income. Many members also volunteer many hours and resources to the Chruch for whatever may be needed. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Rachel
Yes. Technically, to be Christian means to believe that jesus Christ came to Earth and is our savior. We most certainly believe that Christ is our savior. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Rachel
No. We only worship God. Joseph Smith was not a god. He was a prophet. Just like Moses and Abraham and all of the other prophets in the Bible. He is not a god, we do not worship him, however, as a prophet, God used him as a tool to communicate with us by giving Joseph Smith revelation. God spoke to us through Joseph Smith. Therefore, we accept what Joseph Smith said to be the word of God. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Rachel
Not at all required. However, it is highly encouraged for young men to serve a mission. It is an amazing, life changing experience that will strengthen your faith. Every person I know who has served a mission, says that it was the best time of their life. One man said, "I saw miracles every day. Nobody could keep up with me spiritually." Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Rachel
I love missionaries! Talk to them! Missionaries will teach you about the Church's basic beliefs. They will become very valuable to you in answering all of your questions and helping you with all of your needs. They are wonderful to be around because they spend all day, every day completely consumed wby the Holy Ghost! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Rachel
Absolutely! Show more Show less