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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a third culture kid. I'm an artist. I'm a twin. I'm an Aspergirl. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm studying right now to become a Medical Assistant with an associates degree. I love medicine - the human aspect of it - helping people in their most vulnerable conditions and making an immediate difference in their life. First and foremost I'm an artist. I hope to pursue my artistic dreams in writing and film someday when I have greater financial security. Art is essential to my daily functioning however and continues to be a need up there with oxygen and shelter. When I was 19 years old I was diagnosed with Asperger's, and since then I strive to bring awareness and support for women with Autism Spectrum Disorders - an often under-served growing minority. I'm proud to be an Aspergirl. I believe this "disability" has enabled me to perceive and enjoy my world in a unique way that feeds my creativity and blesses the lives of those around me. When I was 15 I moved to Moscow, Russia where I finished my high school education. My family continues to live abroad. I have come to love the world and all the people in it. I truly feel like a "world"citizen, and not just an American. My wanderlust increases daily as I explore more of this beautiful world. I'm a proud Yogi. I grew up in Oregon, and I have an enthusiasm and passion for being a good caretaker and steward of this earth and protecting its natural splendor. I love trees the way some people love flowers. I'm teased affectionately as a Marianne Dashwood - romantic, open and dramatic - or as Snow White.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon, but that's not why I'm a member. Living the teachings and studying the gospel doctrine of the church has led me to chose to be an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My parents have always encouraged me to live by the direction of my own conscience and choose for myself what is right and wrong. The gospel of Jesus Christ completes me. Life will never be perfect, but there's a sort of beauty in the imperfection - a freedom, and a willingness to make the most of everything you have - in that is a happiness, which coupled with a dependence upon the Lord makes life easier, even better than imagined. The gospel helps me cope with the tragedies, disappointments and the injustices of life, by giving me hope and direction. One of my greatest joys is the knowledge that I will be able to be with my family eternally - that the bonds of death have only a temporary hold. I have a testimony that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father know us individually and care for us individually. He cherishes our differences and unites us with a single goal - Eternal life. For a long time, I obeyed the Old Testament God of wrath and justice. I loved Christ, but I rarely felt his love and mercy, thinking I was too worldly or rebellious to receive it. It was a nice thought, in my mind, that people could experience that New Testament and Book of Mormon Christ of love and mercy. I saw it through rose-colored glasses - like a fairy tale - almost too good to be true. But through life experience I have come to know that it is true, and it is real and it is for everyone. In the end, I'm Mormon, because it makes me happy and it allows me to believe that if I just ask, I'll receive beyond my wildest dreams. God talks to us today. He can speak to us personally and I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God, like Abraham and Moses of old. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that he said and did all the things he said he did.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by participating in church meetings every Sunday and by participating in other church activities during the week. I strive to read and study all of the volumes of scripture - The Bible, the Book of Mormon and other modern day scripture. I pray regularly and ask for guidance, forgiveness, blessings and thank God for the life he has given me. I live my faith through active participation in the community - particularly through service. I live my faith by doing my best to be obedient to God's commandments. I live my faith by being a good citizen and by cultivating my talents through study and education.