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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a Mormon. I was born in Nevada, missionary in Spain, graduate student in California, happy Mom in Montreal!

About Me

My brother teases that I would be a beat-poet wearing a black beret sipping a perpetual espresso were I not a member of the Church. As with the funniest of jokes, it resonates because it's true. For years, I wondered how artistic and "Mormon" could coincide. When I realized that Heavenly Father is reverently referred to as "The Creator," I embraced that happy reality and felt no further conflict between who I was and where I found myself. I find that there is no greater outlet for creative good than within the Gospel. I'm grateful for eternal opportunities in striving to emulate a Heavenly Father who's the ultimate creator.

Why I am a Mormon

Ultimately I'm a Mormon because my Mom was brave enough to embrace a faith her family scorned. Her religious consistency as she raised us was my foundation for seeking confirmation of my own. While attending university, I was frequently asked how I reconciled faith with fact. The answer for me was sincere study and prayer. In fact the process of faith for me paralleled the scientific method of forming and testing a hypothesis until an answer could be verified. The exceptional advantage has been spiritual confirmation. Just as I take comfort in the fact that Heavenly Father is "The Creator," I thrill that he is omniscient and provides the means by which I can know all things.

How I live my faith

I always feel that how I live my religion on Monday is far more telling than what I do Sunday. Now that I am a Mom, my husband and children are magnificent mirrors of my strengths and weaknesses. My 3-year-old son taught me a profound truth about living my faith. There is a picture we like to look at of Christ knocking at a wooden door. My son said, "I'd invite Him in." I asked what he would do after, "Listen." That, succinctly, is how I'd like to live my faith - invite the Savior in and listen.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I am thrilled to be a woman in the Church. I find no other institution which has encouraged me as much as a mother or as a student. Most all that I have learned about leadership, social relations and public speaking have resulted in the many responsibilities I have had the opportunity to fulfill within the Church. My husband supports me and I support him. I'm grateful. Show more Show less