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Hi I'm Rachael

I play viola. I love to write. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just recently finished my first year at college and will soon be serving my mission in New Mexico Albuquerque. After returning I plan on finishing my English degree and then pursue a writing career. My family consists of two wonderful parents, two older siblings, and a dog. During my spare time I love to play my ukulele or hymns on the piano, sing, serve other people, read and make-up stories, crochet, run, cook breakfast food, or just eat bread. In the past I used to play viola for orchestra, tenor sax for marching band, and baritone sax for show choir. I also used to do a lot of theater, both acting and tech. One characteristic of mine is being goofy. It's just in my nature, I love it, and it makes me happy when I can get people to smile or laugh because of it. Another characteristic I have is always trying to see the good in everyone. It is a lot easier to not only love them but also to help them. This also applies to finding the good in everything. No matter how horrible life may seem, you can always find something to be grateful for. That's why I can always find a reason to smile. The final characteristic of mine is having the courage to maintain the high standards I have set for myself. They protect me, remind me everyday of who I am and what I stand for, and ultimately result in the greatest amount of happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many other Mormons I was naturally raised in the church because of the influence of my family. However, I have always had the choice on whether I wanted to stay in this church or not. But because I went to an Especially For Youth (efy) camp and personally asked God in prayer if He loved me, I received an answer that He did. And because He did I knew that this church was true. Yes it may have only been a little seed I began to act off of. But it was truth, and I knew I could not deny it. Ever since then I've done my best to do everything the church has asked of me. It's a lot sometimes, but as I do these things with real intent I get to enjoy the blessings of true happiness I cannot find anywhere else. By doing the right things I have been able to progress to be a better person. I have also found that by doing all of the little things I can find peace when I am struggling and personal guidance when I feel stuck. Finally, I have discovered the power of change through Christ's atonement and how it can make each of us the best we can be. I do have my own personal testimony that I know this Church is true. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and that he helped restore this church through a single prayer. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and testifies of Christ. I know that the temple is the house of the Lord where His work can be done and where families can be sealed together for all time and eternity. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet of God and helps lead this church today. I know that God hears and answers our prayers if we have the faith to ask. I know that the Holy Ghost can be an incredible assist in our lives if we are obedient. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that He did what no one else could so that we could be forgiven and have the chance to one day return to our Heavenly Father. Finally, I know that we are all children of our Heavenly Father and that He loves each of us beyond comprehension.

How I live my faith

I think there are a ton of answers I could use to answer this question. I could answer that I do all of the little things like reading my scriptures, going to church, attending the temple, etc. I could answer that I have a testimony and I know that if I do not live my faith it will dwindle. And I'm not saying that those aren't good answers, but I truly believe there is one answer that covers the rest of them. (Kind of like good, better, best answer) Simply, I follow Jesus Christ. I follow the example He has set for us. I follow His example of loving everyone and serving them. I follow His example by being humble and patient. I follow His example by being a peacemaker and teaching others. I follow His example by not following the world but by the doctrines He has given us. I follow His example by doing my best to be obedient to what He asks of me. Most of all, I follow Him by forgiving others and using His atonement in my life If I follow Him, I will be living my faith. And if anyone else follows Him, they also can live our faith. I truly know this for myself and I know you can too.