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Hi I'm Rachel Marie

I'm a physicist, a rock climber, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the outdoors! I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and most of my life was spent "going on adventures" with my best friends whether we were hiking, swimming, biking, or attempting to surf and sailboard it was always fantastic. My other passion has always been physics, since I grew up with a physicist for a father it shouldn't be surprising. Weekend trips to check up on his latest experiment in the clean room and car ride lessons on inertia were easily enough to get me hooked. Luckily this passion hasn't died off and I am now a junior studying physics and am president of my university's Society of Physics Students. Physics and research haven't been enough to keep me from the outdoors though and during the summer time you can always find me in the afternoon up in the canyon climbing till it gets too dark to see the holds.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the gospel Christ taught on Earth. Yes, I realize this is a lofty statement, especially for one so young, and yet I will say it again I know it is the true gospel. As a physicist my mind works a little differently than most, I ask questions that most wouldn't and I doubt rather easily, I also have an obsession with truth and the pursuit thereof. Yet, the LDS church has stood up to my scrutiny, every one of my questions has been answered, and if you have a question, ask me! I would love to help you come to an answer. Also, I know the Book of Mormon is true, I know because I have read it, all the way through, many times, and if you are someone who does not believe it is true, have you taken the time to read it? to finish it? If not, do so now, you will be pleasantly surprised. I promise you that if you will pray before you read the Book, Agnostic, atheist or otherwise, pray and say "God, if there is a God, and if you are listening, let me know if this is true" and I promise that if you will do that, in all seriousness without sarcasm and with an open mind. God will answer your prayer. As you read the Book of Mormon you will receive an answer from God through the Holy Ghost, telling you the Book is true. I know because I have tried it. I have tested that claim myself. I am Mormon because I continue to see the difference it has made in my life. I have seen friends and family suffer from depression, become drug addicts and alcoholics, contract HIV, get cancer, commit suicide, and many more sad sad things because of their lifestyle choices. All the time as a bystander I have been able to name a commandment from God, that if followed, would have prevented the consequences they endure. I know that His way is the only way to happiness, I know that if one keeps the commandments of God and follows the counsel of prophets living and dead, they will be blessed and protected. I know I have.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday by attempting to be the most like Christ that I can be. I think the phrase "live my faith" is very appropriate actually, for me the reason why I live, the reason why I am happy, the reason I am who I am all stem from my faith. I truly believe that I have a Savior that came down and lived a perfect life, setting the example for me, I have been blessed with this knowledge and because I have been blessed it seems perfectly logical that I should share my blessings with others. I have this habit, that seems kind of amusing now that I think of it, where I pretend the Savior is standing beside me, with this image I try to live everyday doing what he would do, almost acting like his hands one might say, or rather acting as a true friend. After all, do we not all try to emulate those we admire? With this attempted emulation, one thing that I do also is try to see others as Christ would see them. C.S. Lewis once said, "there are no ordinary people... next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, the person standing next to you is the holiest thing you will encounter in this life." How true that is, even those I sometimes perceive as the most annoying or loathsome are children of God! How dare I ever treat them as less?! I am not perfect. But I live my faith by trying to be as Christlike as I can. I live my faith by being the best I can be, my goal is to be constantly and practically anxiously engaged in a good cause. I work to help those around me temporally, emotionally, and spiritually. I stay involved in my ward (Mormon/LDS word for congregation) by helping others with family history, by being involved in a "compassionate services group" where we help those who are sick or stressed from finals or need compassion and help in any way. I also live my faith by being involved in the community, in the Red Cross Organization and volunteering at soup kitchens and shelters for people who are homeless or abused.