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Hi I'm Rachel

I live in Texas, USA. My older sister is my best friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was home-schooled until college, and am currently a sophomore. My passion is to play music and make people smile! I grew up near a beach and love to go to the ocean, especially early in the morning. Playing basketball, volleyball, softball, and football keeps me active and healthy. Sometimes its hard to sit still! I really enjoy dancing to clean up-beat music, and love to include others. What makes me happy is seeing others happy. I respect life and know of its potential, and encourage others to do the same.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up being a member, but didn't understand what I had until I was 17. At this point in my life, I was rebelling against my parents and trying to make a life for myself. One night, I was left by myself at home, and felt alone and angry. At first I was talking to myself, but it turned into a prayer for Heavenly Father. I asked Him why I was always alone, and wanted to know why He didn't care about me... after begging for answers, I sat quietly. The most warm and secure feeling (almost like a blanket) came over me. From that day, I've seen Gods love in everything and tried to see it in everyone. Reading the Book of Mormon has taught me more about God and his son Jesus Christ than anything I have ever known. I know They are both real, and care for me more than I can understand. They care enough to put a church on earth to help people, like myself, find truth and solace. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and know Christ to be the head of this church. I believe Christ will come again, and this is why I try my best everyday to be better... For me to look at Him and hear Him say to me ..."well done," ... I believe in Christ, and this is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon feels natural to me. In church, we are given a lot of opportunities to go and serve, especially in the community. One of the coolest volunteer services i have done was to build a boardwalk in a nature center that took almost two years to finish. But more recently (and currently!) I have the opportunity to teach Sunday school every week. As I learn more about the things I believe, I find it easier to help others. Growing up as a member of the church, I planned conferences that gathered hundreds of youth and guided them to find talents within themselves. This experience helped me immensely as I became a lifeguard, and eventually the youngest aquatic manager in the city. I believe that the little decisions I make everyday (like to pray and tell my parents I love them) helps me live what I profess to believe.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Rachel
There are many people, deceased and living, that have not had an opportunity to be baptized, yet the Bible teaches that one must be baptized by water to enter into the Kingdom of God. Heavenly Father understands all things, and has provided a way for all his children to be with him; this is where proxy baptisms come into play. One must have a body to be baptized, so a living individual will act as a proxy to be baptized for the deceased person (in the temple) to provide the opportunity for the deceased person to accept or reject the baptism. Show more Show less