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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a big sister, a little sister, and a daughter. I'm an aspiring artist and future school teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently studying to become an elementary school teacher, because I love the idea of being a part of a child's early development, when they're still discovering the world. I also decided to go into teaching, because I couldn't focus on one single subject to study- I love them all! As an elementary school teacher, I'll have the opportunity to do a little bit of everything. One of my favorite things to do is to run right after a good rain storm, and give the trees "high-fives" as I go by. When my hand hits the leaves, the leftover rain drops cascade down on me. I love the way the world feels new and energized right after a rainstorm, which is why I have to join it. I have two big brothers, two little brothers, and two little sisters, and I love being a part of big family. They mean the world to me.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and grandparents and even great and great-great grandparents are members of this Church. But that's not why I'm a member. The process of conversion happens to all members of this church, whether they grow up "in it", or if they first come into contact with the church when the are 92. Conversion is not a one-time event. It means changing, and becoming something new. I sometimes wish I had a fabulous story to tell about the turning point in my life when I knew. Instead, the knowledge that this church is true is something that been acquired gradually, and is still happening. It's through the countless little things. I remember one building block of my testimony was when I prayed to Heavenly Father to know if loved me. I simply asked if He did, and waited. In the stillness of the night, I felt an indescribable joy, and I knew, really knew, that He loved me. Because of that, I also know that he loves all his children on this earth. And that means everyone. Most experiences are more subtle, like the calm that I feel each week in church, or when I'm with my family, and know how much I love them, and the joy I feel when I realize that I can be with them forever. I am a member because I have seen the hand of God in my life, and the lives around me. The Gospel gives me direction when I'm confused, calm when I'm afraid, joy when I repent. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it makes me happy. I know that God lives. We are His children, He loves us, and He wants us to return to live with Him. He knows that we make mistakes, so he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to provide a way for us to change and become the men and women that we came to earth to become. The gospel gives me hope, because I know that the trials and challenges in this life are only temporary. All that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I like to think that I'm an artist. To me, that means that I can find beauty in the world around me, perhaps in a way that others might not see. The work of an artist is to provide that perspective to people around them, whether it be through song, sculpture, painting, writing, or other mediums. I have found something beautiful in the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a member of His church, and as artist, I want to help others see what I have found. This is why I have decided to serve a mission.