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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm from Salt Lake City. I'm a twin. I'm serving a mission in Barcelona, Spain. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Rachel. I'm from Utah and come from a family of five. I was lucky enough to not come into this world alone. I have a goofy twin brother who brings out the best in me. I've danced all my life and was a cheerleader in high school. I went on a humanitarian trip to Bolivia where we built a school and taught English. I graduated high school in 2016, and did a semester down at BYU before heading out to serve in the beautiful Barcelona, Spain Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

During ninth grade on a crisp fall day a friend committed suicide while we were walking home. The following day was full of grief. I remember feeling confused, lost, and angry. We would attend each class only to be surrounded by counsellors and therapists who were doing their best to help. I appreciated their efforts, however I didn't feel like they did much. I felt dark inside. I wanted to shut everyone out. I was convinced nobody could help me. That is, until I stepped inside the seminary building that day. I walked in to see kids flooding the building; member and nonmember. I walked into my teacher's room and sat down on the floor in the corner because it was the only empty seat. As my teacher got up to share a short lesson, I put my head in between my knees. I can't remember everything he said that day, but he testified of the Atonement. He explained that through the Atonement we could all be healed from this horrifying event. We didn't have to sin to be able to use the Atonement, it could heal us from anything that we were going through. He spoke with power and love, and broke down the walls I had built up that day. I remember looking up and seeing him bare witness that Jesus Christ was real. That He knew me and knew what I was going through. Peace immediately filled my soul. His words inspired me to take full advantage of the Atonement and through doing so the Savior has completely healed me from that experience. As I look back on it, wouldn't you think a trained professional would have been able to help me? Someone who has specifically worked to help grieving teenagers? It was the Spirit through an inspired seminary teacher that gave me hope and changed my life. This gospel is peace from trials, peace from the world, peace from life. It is a safe haven and has made all the difference. Jesus Christ is real. He knows you and is aware of you. He heals, changes, cleanses, comforts, loves, protects, and guides. He's just waiting for you to let Him in.

How I live my faith

I loved participating in the Young Womens program. I was able to have the opportunity to earn my medallion along with my mom and my grandma. I love attending the temple every week with my brother. Going there makes me feel happy, and clean. I enjoy sharing the gospel to whoever will give me the chance. The gospel brings me happiness, and I feel that everyone deserves to find that happiness and have it in their own life. In high school I attend a church class called seminary. I feel that it gave me that little boost that I needed every day. I love reading the scriptures, and find peace in studying it. I also have a small picture of the Salt Lake Temple in my car. It reminds me of what I stand for, and why I choose to live the way I do. When people ask me what the picture is of, I have the chance to share my faith with others. I love the gospel and feel that everyone deserves to feel the happiness that comes from knowing and living it.

What do Mormons believe about family?

We believe that families are essential to God's plan. Families are forever. You can live with your family again if your family is sealed in the temple through sacred ordinances, and if you are all worthy. If someone in your family dies, you can see them again. This is because of the Atonement. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is great! We have personal and family prayer, have scripture study, and attend church to help us understand that the best way to find true happiness is to know about the gospel of Jesus Christ. We want to share the gospel so that others will be able to feel the happiness we feel. We do this through service, missionary work, and being an example. The world's standards will change, but the Church's won't. The standards in the For the Strength of Youth are constant and are unchanging. We strive to be like Jesus Christ and follow our wonderful prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

We need a Savior because when Heavenly Father sent us here to this earth, he knew we would sometimes make mistakes and wrong choices. Knowing this, he provided a way for us to be forgiven. He then provided a Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. This is called the Atonement. So now, when we repent with a sincere heart, we can be forgiven. Repenting is when you confess the sin to both God and the person you have wronged. You then ask for forgiveness from God and that person. Then forsake our sins. Afterward you strive to never repeat the sin and keep the commandments God has provided. Show more Show less