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Hi I'm Raquel Pereira

I love to travel. I love to learn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was ten years old, I moved with my family from my home in Portugal to England. Growing up in two different cultures has been an interesting experience, and it's made me love to travel and to learn more about the history and culture of different countries. I am a graduate in English Literature, and I hope to one day become an author and script writer. Reading is my favourite pastime, but I also enjoy going to the theatre, photography and spending time with those I love. My family is a very important part of my life and the gospel just strengthens the love that we have for each other. I've also been blessed with great friends in church and outside of it who make my life even better!

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up in the church, and in the back of my mind I always knew that there was a God. When I was 14 I attended a youth activity where someone's testimony made me realise that I knew the church was true. I knew that I had a Heavenly Father who loves me. I knew that the Saviour had come to Earth to suffer and die for me, so that I could overcome any challenges in this life, and return to be with Him after I die. I knew that I could be with my family for Eternity. I knew that Joseph Smith had restored Christ's church on Earth. Once I realised that my testimony of these things had always been within me, I came to the conclusion that I needed to change aspects of my life so that I was living more according to God's desires. Since that day, I have tried my best every day to evaluate and better myself. I am not perfect - not by any means - but the great thing about living the gospel is that I know I don't need to be perfect right now. I just need to try my best, and trust in the Lord to help me in my shortcomings.

How I live my faith

As I was brought up in the church, I've had many opportunities to serve. I was blessed to be able to be part of class presidencies in the Young Women's organisation many times, and especially to be the Laurel class President. This calling gave me the chance to get to know all the young women in the ward very well, and to learn from their example. I also learnt to be responsible for my actions as I had younger girls who looked up to me. One lesson that I've learnt is that the gospel should be such an integral part of your life, that no one can not know that you are a Christian.