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Hi I'm Rachel

I grew up in upstate New York. I'm a college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My hobbies and interests are anything that is hands on. I love to draw and paint. I'm lucky enough to be able to go to college for Art. I'm also going to college clustering in both Art History and Chemistry. I'm hoping to go into Art Restoration. It's fascinating! It combines my three loves: Art, history, and chemistry. During my breaks from school I work for my Dad, who's an accountant. My mom is the director of a grant program that works with troubled youth to help them graduate high school and go to college. I used to ride horses. It's a hobby that I unfortunately haven't been able to keep up with while in college. But, there's nothing better than being in an English saddle. I've always wanted to learn how to take apart and put back together a car engine. I don't think that getting it apart would be that hard, but getting it back together properly wouldn't go so well.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad converted when he was 19. My mother was raised in the church. After my dad served his mission in the California, Sacramento mission, he met my mother. Well, the rest is history. I would be lying if I said that growing up in the church was easy. I'm from Upstate New York. There were 5 members in my High School. My friends never really pressured me to do anything. I could always justify why the church's standards were as high they are. I didn't want to be the girl who everyone talked about behind her back. I didn't want to be the person who couldn't remember what happened one night. I was lucky that I could reason the standards. But, that didn't mean that I had a testimony of the gospel. I went to a Church youth camp called Especially for Youth, or EFY, one summer. During a class one day, they asked us to say what makes a bad friend. I distinctly remember standing on the stage, in front of everyone in the class, saying, “Stealing other people’s friends,” while giving this person a snide look. A day or two later at the devotional before testimony meeting the speaker got up and told us that he had a talk prepared, but he felt inspired to talk about something else. He then went on to talk about friendship, and how friends can’t be stolen they choose to leave. I was a little freaked out. I knew that he wasn’t in that class when I had said that comment. So I knew that I was getting divine chastisement. At that moment I knew with a surety that Heavenly Father is very real, is very aware of me, and that people receive revelation. Seance then I've read the Book of Mormon. I know that it is another testament of Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith restored the Lords church. Ultimately, I know that this church is complete, and true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day. I'm not perfect, and I don't follow the commandments perfectly. But, I do my best every day. I pray before I go to bed at night, I tell my family how much I love them, and I dress modestly, to name a few things. I had the opportunity to teach the 16-18 year old girls in my ward. I knew that I was a role model for them. Knowing that I had these girls looking to me to set an example helped me live that much better. I didn't want to disappoint them. But, I really didn't want to set a bad example for them. I'm leaving to serve a full time mission in two days! People have asked me, "a year and a half is so long, why are you doing it?" I tell them, in the grand scheme a year and a half is nothing. I've been so blessed. So, why not? I am so excited to serve the Lord. Please don't think this was an easy decision. I'm taking off time from school. I'm leaving my family, and friends. But, I would regret not going while I'm young. School will be there when I get back, and so will my family and friends.