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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a novice triathlete, a stay-at-home mom, and a baker. I like to try new things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I get to be a stay-at-home mom with my 1-year old daughter. I'm totally in love with my amazing husband. I'm training for my first triathlon. I love baking and cooking fresh, clean food. I like to teach myself new things like knitting, piano, guitar, Spanish, and would one day like to learn how to surf. I like to sing in the car like I'm a rock star. My husband and I enjoy rock climbing, playing racquetball, playing pool and board games. I am a Utah State college grad who left a Marketing career to be home with my baby girl.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the Church and raised my three siblings and me in the Church. I tend to be a very questioning person and may never have given the gospel a chance had I not been introduced to it by my loving parents. I am so glad I was able to learn and accept the gospel of Jesus Chris because living by its principles has brought me the greatest happiness and sense of purpose. I know why I am on this earth, I know my potential for life after this, I can go to the temple and feel so close to Heaven. I have felt countless blessings being given to me that directly correlated to my obedience to Heavenly Father's commandments. I still am a questioning person, which is good because we believe every person on earth can receive personal revelation from God if we ask in faith and are humble. There are many things I need God's help with, and I know I can ask and he will always answer my prayers. I know our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live and have a plan for us. I know we existed before this life and we will go on living after this life. I know Christ's gospel was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I believe people can change. Christ gave his life so we could have the opportunity to repent and change our lives for the better. He is always waiting with his hand extended to lift us up and make us better than we ever thought we could be. He loves us.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be an example of Christlike behavior, always. In church, I am a Sunday school teacher for 9 wild 5-year-olds! I get to regularly visit with women in the ward and discuss the gospel in their homes. I read my scriptures often to help me receive answers to questions I have each day. I read stories of Jesus to my daughter and help her say her prayers.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Heavenly Father desires to give us infinite blessings. To receive these blessings, we promise that we will obey his commandments. This two-way promise is called a covenant. The positive consequence of keeping a covenant is all the temporal and eternal blessings we are given from God. However, there are negative eternal consequences if we turn away from our promises to God. God wants us to be prepared to make these promises, so that we might not be tempted to turn away and get those negative consequences. In the temple, Mormons make covenants with God. We promise to obey commandments and we receive promised blessings from God for doing so. God does not want to set us up to fail, so be worthy to go in to the temple, we must show that we are willing to live those laws before we make a covenant that we live those commandments eternally. We also perform proxy baptisms for those who have died without knowledge of the gospel. These souls will have the opportunity to accept the baptism and progress eternally or to reject it, but they still have their agency to choose. We perform a sealing ordinance that binds families together forever, meaning we can be together in heaven if we live righteously. This is why Mormons desire to be married in the temple, rather than a civil union, because it will last for eternity, not just until death parts us. Show more Show less