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Hi I'm Rachel

I grew up in Tennessee in the United States. I am studying clinical child life, I nerd out over a capella, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in an area that seemed to have more farm animals that people--which was awesome, because I loved having wide open spaces to fly kites and have bonfires during the summer! I mostly grew up with my single mother and a couple siblings, and we had fun working together on projects like canning food, tending a garden, baking pies from the fruit we grew, and occasionally going on family vacations. Looking back, I am so grateful for all the projects my family did. Even if they weren't always the most exciting activities, the fact that we worked together brought us closer as a family. I was also blessed to have a blended family experience. People are boggled by the fact that I have 9 siblings total from that experience--and I'm happy to claim every one of them! Looking back, I see how much this experience taught me about how important family is in God's plan for each of us. I was very blessed with a family that has taught me how important the family is in God's plan for His children. Our faith has helped us through our ups and downs by helping us learn how powerful forgiveness and kindness are, even when it's hard. In a sense, the power I have seen from families making Christ the center of their home is part of why I almost chose a career in marriage and family therapy. Though I have chosen a different career path now, I know that the experiences I've had with developing greater love through the Atonement of Jesus Christ will help me in whatever area of life I'm in.

Why I am a Mormon

As I have strived to keep the commandments of God and have lived my faith, I have seen many blessings come into my life, as well as many learning experiences. I have been blessed to recognize weaknesses for myself to improve on, as well as strengths which I can use to bless the lives of others. I have also recognized people that God has placed in my life to teach me more about myself and about my connection with my Father in Heaven. The bottom line is that God loves us. He has loved me enough to bless me with health and strength. He has loved me enough to let me have my bad days so I can better appreciate my good days. He loves me enough to bless me with opportunities to serve those in need. He loves me enough to tell me He loves me when I need assurance. He even cares that I find opportunities to have joy in even the simplest things that I love. And because of His love, I continue to study about Him and strive to follow His example so that I may have the love that I know He has for me and for those around me.

How I live my faith

I strive to maintain a close relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ by studying about Him in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, as well as by setting aside one day each week to forget about day to day tasks and activities of the week and simply focus on serving Him. A year ago, I served as a consultant for family history work among those in my church congregation. My purpose in this position was to help members of the congregation come to know the ancestors who brought them to where they are and how they can serve the Lord through ordinances that we believe can bless both ourselves and our deceased loved ones. In a sense, it is through these sacred ordinances, performed in LDS temples, that we come to understand that death is not the end. Through Jesus Christ, we will all live again, and we can live with Him just as we did before we were brought to the earth.