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Hi I'm Rachel

I was raised Jewish. I love animals. I'm a Democrat. And I'm Mormon.

About Me

I like to do outdoor activities, especially things where my dogs can come along too. Hiking or going to the beach are some of our favourites. I'm a pescaterian. I was vegetarian for 2 years, but due to a chronic condition, I needed more protein, so I added in fish. I love animals, and I'm a bleeding-heart. What can I say? I've been married to my hubby since 2005. We don't have kids yet (due to aforementioned chronic condition), but we're hoping to start the adoption process soon. For now, the animals are our babies. I don't like movies. Sitting in one spot for two hours is not my idea of fun. There are a few exceptions, of course. I like to create things. I was an art major in school. I don't practice as much as I'd like, but I try to keep it up now and then. I mostly like to paint with acrylics, water colours and inks, or draw in pencil. But on rare occasions I'll do (or start and not finish) a multi-media project.

Why I am a Mormon

I never planned to become LDS. I was quite happy being Jewish, and had you told the 17-year-old Rachel she'd be Mormon by 21, I would have never believed it. My boyfriend was a return missionary. (Actually, we were dating before he left, and I waited for him; all before I was Mormon). When guys come home from missions, they're weird, and still in "Mission Mode". I thought I'd suggest we read some scriptures together, just to satisfy that "Mission Mode" component. I wasn't actually interested. I'd been to church with him many, many times (most Sundays before he left for his mission), I knew what it was all about. I had no issue with the church, but it just wasn't for me. Anyway, we started reading the Book of Mormon together, and to my surprise, I actually found it interesting. He'd also give me verses or chapters to read on my own, and then we'd discuss them. One night I was reading in Moroni, and I felt the Spirit very strongly. When I told my boyfriend, he suggested I pray about it... in the name of Jesus Christ. Now, having been raised Jewish, I'd never prayed to Jesus, so it was a scary concept. One, because the act of just doing it denoted being Christian. And two, if I got the answer I assumed I'd get, I'd have to follow up on it, and that would mean changes. But I did it. And my answer hit me like a freight train (you often hear people talk about whisperings of the Spirit, but this was not what happened in my case). From there the rest, I guess, is history. I got baptized a month before my 21st birthday. I married that boyfriend in the temple. Life is still hard at times, but having the gospel as my guide has made all the difference.

How I live my faith

I try to be the best version of myself. I try to remember what the Savior would do. Being human, I often fail, but you can always start over the next day. None of my family is Mormon; there is huge variety in their religions. Aside from Mormon and Jewish, there is Baptist, Methodist, Atheist, Agnostic, Catholic, Lutheran, etc. I don't like to be "in your face" about religion (or anything else for that matter). But when the opportunity arises, I like to mention things about my faith, or something that happened at church, or teaching the women's Sunday school class. Mainly, I try to be kind.