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Hi I'm Rachel

I am a stay at home mom. I love to dance. I am a vegetable gardener. I am a cook. I want to make the world better. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I don't have a TV and I love it. I am a stay at home mom. My precious baby boy takes most of my time... I try to remember to soak it all up. His cuddles, his delight, his funny faces. I love to dance. I love to sing. I love nature. The delicate patterns on a snowflake, the tiny frog in my garden, the colors of a sunset, the smell of a rose. I love to snorkel, scuba dive, jump off waterfalls, go river rafting. I love to hike and bike and ski. I am a vegetable gardener. And I grow berries - the fruit trees didn't like my yard. I am a cook. I always volunteer to bring the salad or a side dish with vegetables. I want to make the world a better place. Everyone deserves a chance to be healthy and find joy in life. I like to eat good food and play games with friends. I love sushi, but if I could only eat one food for the rest of my life... it would be burritos. I have a degree in biology, but I am just starting my education in life and things that really matter.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, but I still had to make my own decision. My dad stopped going to church when I was 10 years old and later shared with me some anti-Mormon literature. I was very close to my dad and I trusted him, so for a long time I wasn't sure what to believe. However, part of me still clung to certain parts of the gospel. I always felt that I had a Heavenly Father who loved me and wanted me to succeed. I felt that there had to be life after death and that families could be together again, that families were important. Even though I do not understand everything, the gospel feels right, it feels like the way to living a happy life. In college I began to seriously work on building my faith. I started with the scripture in Alma 32 that "faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things" and I knew that I could "desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words". This described me exactly. I fought to keep my "seed of faith" alive and to help it grow. I am still working to develop my faith further and gain a deeper understanding of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit and to rely on them. This is a recent quote from an apostle that I found very meaningful: "Faith in Jesus Christ is the conviction and assurance of (1) His status as the Only Begotten Son of God, (2) His infinite Atonement, and (3) His literal Resurrection—and all that these fundamental realities entail for us." - Elder D. Todd Christofferson In my own words - Why Jesus Christ and His gospel are important to me: (1) I believe that we are all children of God (2) I believe that God is merciful, that our mistakes will not doom us for eternity (3) I believe in life after death, that we will have our bodies and be with our families

How I live my faith

I like to volunteer in my community, like at the food bank, if I am able to. I love to sing church hymns and children's songs. I try to make my Sundays stand out from the rest of the week. On Sundays I help watch toddlers in the Nursery while their parents are in Sunday School. We have singing time and a short lesson - it's amazing what small children can understand and remember. On Tuesdays I plan fun activities for 8-12 year old girls to help them learn new skills and build their faith as they prepare to become young women. I participated in a musical about the 10 Virgins from the parable in the Bible. I helped teach a group of 80 teenagers a complicated square dance for a dance festival.