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Hi I'm Rachel

I am a Pacific Northwest girl who also lived in the South Pacific. I love learning. I'm a mother and wife. I'm a Mormom.

About Me

I grew up on the West Coast of the United States. My family moved around, but we spent about 8 years on a small farm near Seattle, Washington. We did not have a lot of money, but we had a wonderful upbringing in the gospel. We learned to work hard and appreciate what we were given. When I was 15, my family moved to American Samoa. This was a huge change in my life, but I grew so much from my experiences there,which included learning about the Samoan culture, rowing on a canoe team and living through 2 hurricanes. I also met my future husband in Samoa! We didn't marry until later, at BYU-Hawaii, but we began our relationship in Samoa. I graduated from BYU-Hawaii with a Biology degree. Getting a college degree is so important to me, but more than anything, I knew I wanted to be a mother. Today I am a mother of 6 children and my husband and I live in Pennsylvania. Having an inter-cultural marriage can be a challenge, but my husband and I share the gospel as our common ground. We love each other and are trying to raise happy, good children. Although I do not work outside the home, I love the challenges of my occupation as a Mother. I try to make time to develop my own talents. I love to read and am part of a challenging and fulfilling book group. I love hiking, gardening, and learning. I also love to do small woodworking or DIY projects around the house. Exercise is important to me and I enjoy running and biking. I love to explore the East Coast and the history of our country.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that have been Mormons for many generations. I was taught by wonderful parents, but I soon discovered that I needed to have my own knowledge and belief of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I started reading the Book of Mormon when I was fairly young. I didn't understand all of it, but I liked how I felt when I read it. I continued to learn and have experiences that testified to me that what I was doing was right. When I was in my early teens, I remember having a particularly hard time and feeling very alone. As I struggled with these feelings, the thought came to me so strongly that I was not alone and that I was deeply loved by my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I knew that He knew who I was and that He was aware of my life and my struggles. That love that I felt and the knowledge that God knows me individually has been the cornerstone of my faith. I have an understanding of where I come from, why I am here, and where I am going. This knowledge guides my decisions each day. I am a Mormon because it brings me great peace and joy in my life. I know that as I go through all the struggles in my life, I can rely on the Lord for strength and comfort. I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ makes me a better person. I make many, many mistakes, but I know I can change and be better because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying each day to love others as the Savior would. I am not perfect at this, but as I pray and study my scriptures daily, I learn more about my Savior and His life. This helps me to remember Him and sets a pattern for how I can live my life. At church, I serve as the leader of our women's organization. This has been a wonderful opportunity to interact with the amazing women of our church. Some of my responsibilities are to teach spiritual lessons, help those with physical and spiritual needs, organize fun and uplifting activities, and help the women strengthen their homes and families. I also live my faith by trying to raise good, happy kids. I want them to be kind to others and to be people that make a difference in the lives of others.