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Hi I'm Rachel Garlitz

I'm a student, traveler, and a dreamer. I love pictures and I'm in love with the South. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a daughter, step-daughter, half sister & step sister. I'm also a student. I love being in school to learn--not just to get a degree. I love learning about history and why people do what they do. I love experiencing different cultures. I love meeting new people; watching and learning from how they do things. I want to go everywhere and meet everyone and do everything. I love writing letters and playing in the warm summer rain. I'm a country girl through and through. I play soccer and the piano. I love horseback riding and fishing in the dark.

Why I am a Mormon

There is a happiness that is so unique and rare that come by and only through choosing to be a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and adhering to the gospel plan. There is a reason that we, as members, refer to it as "The Plan of Happiness" because while many people in the world experience great happiness, I know that their joy is not yet complete without the gospel of Jesus Christ. And I know this because I have experienced it. I am a Mormon because it reminds me everyday of who I really am and what my purpose is.

How I live my faith

By choosing to pay someone back when I borrow money from them. By turning off a movie if it starts to drive away the spirit. By choosing not to write down the answer that you accidentally saw the smart kid in class write down on a pop quiz. By asking people if they need help bringing in their groceries. By lending someone money and not expecting them to pay you back. By looking for the good in others. By asking God to help you be less selfish and remind you to think outside of yourself. By treating others with kindness and respect and really listening to, and valuing their opinions. By attending the temple weekly and, by counseling and talking with my Heavenly Father about my stresses, concerns and heartbreaks.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Rachel Garlitz
As members of the Church, young men are taught from the time they are young that serving a mission is a priesthood duty. We are taught that if we are able, we should serve. While they are encouraged, missions are optional and voluntary. Women do not have the same priesthood responsibility. Therefore it is "more optional" for young women. In this past General Conference (October 2012) President Thomas S. Monson announced that the missionary age requirement has changed. Young men can now serve beginning at age 18 and young women at 19. I am choosing to serve a mission, not because I don't have anything else better to do or no other prospects, but because I am grateful for the gospel in my life and I want to show that gratitude to God by serving him as a full time missionary. Why wouldn't I want to share what has brought me more happiness than anything else, with others? "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." Mosiah 2:17 Show more Show less