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Hi I'm Rachel Cook

I am 21, married, and a student at Brigham Young University - Idaho. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Just over a year ago I was married and sealed to my husband in the Boston Massachusetts Temple. We met at BYU-I where we are currently studying. I am getting a degree in Elementary Education and my husband in Electrical Engineering. My husband and I love to read, be outside, and play sports. We also love to play board games with our friends. I grew up in New Hampshire and consider myself a true New Englander! I miss the trees, the weather, and the people. I love to travel and see the world and I hope to share that with my husband. My parents gave me the wonderful experiences of going to Spain twice, Italy, England, Mexico, and Canada. Now that those trips would have to come out of our own pockets those trips will be more difficult to make but I hope that doesn't stop us. One of the things that still amazes me about traveling is that I can find the church and attend my Sunday meetings while on vacation. It is a true blessing to be a member of the gospel and be able to live that life at all times and at all places. The gospel is true and is the same throughout the world. To me, I cannot see how that would have been accomplished without the hand of the Lord. He loves all of his children and wants to bless each and every one of them. My husband and I will graduate in July of '15 and then all I have left is student teaching. I do not know where we will end up permanently but I know it will be an exciting adventure!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of all of the opportunities is presents me with. I grow substantially through the gospel. Not just spiritually either. The gospel gives us the means by which we can grow dynamically. I am a stronger, smarter, and kinder person. When i live the gospel principles, I see the blessings. When I lack in my obedience, it is evident how much I lack in every other aspect of my life. We need the gospel. We need the Savior. Without Him, I have no way of reaching my true potential. I am a Mormon because i am human, and I need the Atonement of Christ.

How I live my faith

The Church gives us so many opportunities to be active, hardworking members. One of my favorite aspects of the gospel, is its concern for individual members. I love to do what we call "visiting teaching." As women, we meet together often to learn and grow from each other as a whole group. Bust for visiting teaching, we get the opportunity to look out for one another and become great friends by visiting with and ensuring the welfare of a few sisters. This lets us bond and form relationships and make sure that no one is struggling or feeling alone. I know that if I was in need of support, I have someone to turn to and hopefully others feel they can turn to me when they are in need. Although ones faith may be strong, we all fall into hard times and need a friend to be there. I also have the blessing of going to a university that encourages looking at things from the gospel standpoint. From those experiences in my study, I have learned that we can incorporate our faith into all aspects of our lives. As Elder Holland said, "Never check your religion at the door." In other words, we should try to be Christ-like individuals and examples where ever we are and whatever we are doing. So even when watching/playing sports, or stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, I believe in keeping Christ's light in our thoughts and words. In the future, while teaching school, I hope to live my faith in the classroom as well by showing love and kindness to the children I teach.