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Hi I'm Rachel

I just graduated high school, and now I am studying to be a math teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving a mission for the LDS Church. I have been in the Mission Training Center for 6 weeks and I will be leaving for Europe in 3 more. My mission should last for a duration of 18 months total. Going on a mission is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am learning so much! Heavenly Father is helping me to grow spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally every day. Before my mission, I was going to college to be a math teacher. I love to read, swim competitively, do math, yo-yo, play the piano and the flute, listen to music, eat chocolate, make balloon animals and origami, and I want to how to juggle and to speak sign language. I have three little sisters and two wonderful parents.

Why I am a Mormon

As long as I can remember I have had a strong testimony of prayer. I pray to God and I trust Him. I tell him of my concerns and problems, and thank Him for allowing me to have joy. When I get really excited, sad, or angry about something, He is usually the first person I talk to about it. I am an intellectual person who wants things to make sense. In the gospel, the more knowledge I gain the more it makes sense to me, and yet there is still so much for me to learn! How could something so complex, so beautiful, and so applicable to my life not be true? It is kind of like math. I could tell you that the derivative of sin(x) is cos(x), and you could choose whether or not to believe me. But if you decided to try out my words, to take upper division math courses to learn about sin(x) and cos(x) and derivatives and find out for yourself if what I told you were true, then, bit by bit, you would be able to understand for yourself that I had indeed told the truth, and maybe even why it makes sense. Other churches' doctrines, they don't make sense. They contradict themselves. The doctrines of this church do not, they come directly from the Lord Jesus Christ, and they fit perfectly with the Plan of the Master. If you desire to have a testimony of this Church, or even of the existence of a living God, read the Book of Mormon for yourself and pray with sincere intent to know if it is true. If you do this, God will show unto you, in His own time and His own way, that it is indeed true. Compare the Book of Mormon with the Bible, and you will find that they correspond perfectly, save some mistranslations in the Bible, which are sad to have indeed. Pay attention to how you feel when you attend an LDS church, read the Bible and especially the Book of Mormon. If you feel warm inside, that is the Spirit telling you that it is true. The Spirit is a member of the Godhead who testifies of truth. Also, be patient with God. He will always answer if you are sincere.

How I live my faith

I am living my faith now by serving a mission. Every hour I am awake, I use to serve my Creator. I study and practice teaching His doctrine, I watch for opportunities to serve His children, and I always enlist in His help in the things that I do. His purpose is to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39) Throughout my mission and throughout my life, this is also my purpose, because I have decided that I will serve my Heavenly Father. Before my mission, I would work with other members in my congregation to create and strengthen friendships and especially to help encourage them to become converted to our Savior, Jesus Christ. I would attend the temple weekly with a group of friends. I still study the holy scriptures and pray daily to my Father in Heaven, telling Him of my concerns and thanking Him for all the good things in my life.