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Hi I'm Rachel

I was born and raised in Houston. I am a mommy, writer, teacher and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

People call me mommy, auntie, sis, daughter, teacher and friend. Sometimes they just call me Rachel. My children have a way of making me laugh and reminding me what's important in life. Raising two girls on my own has its challenges, but it gives me the opportunity to witness the hand of God in my life. It's hard to explain the feeling you get when a child looks in the mirror and says, "Mommy, I want to be just like you." So who am I? What example do they see? I try to put my Heavenly Father first in my life so that He can help me become the woman that my daughters should admire. We love to sing together, even though it's off-key. We love to dance together, even though the baby has the best moves. We love to listen to music, even when my oldest complains that it's country again. We love to travel together, even if it's just a drive to see the city lights. I am a simple person learning how to be a little bit better everyday as I make it through life relying on faith and forgiveness.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer? "Happiness." Living the standards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes me happy, because it provides a way for me to continually progress in life through faith and forgiveness. Life doesn't come without challenges, ever. The happiness of the gospel is an inner-peace felt at the times when everything around you seems to be going wrong. It's a happiness that comforts you as memories of regrets weigh down the mind. It's happiness that makes you feel everything will all be made right in the end, despite tears of sadness, grief, stress, anger, betrayal, regret and heartbreak streaming down your face. It’s also a happiness felt by witnessing the encouraging word spoken or read at the exact moment you needed to hear it or a friend reaching out to give service at your time of need. The feeling you get as you witness children pray for others and then watch them pay it forward. The peace that comes from hoping for the future; knowing all life’s experiences can bring us closer to our Heavenly Father. I know that He hears and answers my prayers. I feel the Spirit when I read the Book of Mormon. I feel it when I sing a hymn. I feel that the very core of who I am is defined by my faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith with the small decisions I make each day. I sincerely desire to do good for others, because I know that when we are in service to our fellow man we are only in the service of our God. I pray to my Father in Heaven, because talking with him helps me understand who it is that He would have me to be. I've reached a point in my life that I base most of my decisions on the questions, "Will this disappoint God?" or "How can God help me face this?" While I try to do my best to make the right choices, there are times I have, do and will fall short - that's when I know I have to admit my mistakes and just ask him sincerely how to draw closer back to Him. I partake of the sacrament and ask for forgiveness..and then I just keep trying one day at a time.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Rachel
Read the scriptures and pray everyday. The answers will come in God's time. Faith is increased by our works, so we have to do our part to develop our faith. Show more Show less