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Hi I'm Rachel

I grew up in Utah and Washington. I love sports. I attended Brigham Young University. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Arizona and lived there until age 4. Soon after, my little family of 5 moved to Costa Rica where we spent a significant amount of time on the warm beaches. 2 years later, we moved to Cedar City, Utah, which I now call my hometown. Cedar City is a university town, but relatively small. I spent most of my time playing basketball, studying for tests, and spending good time with my friends. I fell in love with the town and the people living there, so you can imagine my distress when, during my sophomore year, my father announced that we would be moving to Vancouver, Washington the following summer. The news was disheartening, but I knew it was necessary, so I made the most of my last few months and said goodbye to the people I loved. Washington was absolutely beautiful, the scenery and the people! Though I did not feel as successful socially as I did in Cedar City, I was grateful to be living in a place where so few people shared my beliefs so that I could share my beliefs with them. I learned a significant amount about who I am and what I stand for. For college, I moved to Provo and attended Brigham Young University. I am now taking a break from school to go and serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the 'Mormon' church). I am so excited for what the future has in store for me! I love my life and love Jesus Christ!

Why I am a Mormon

I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know that He is the Son of God who lives today. I know that God loves us so dearly and that because of His love for us, He wants us to return to live with Him. I know that He sent living prophets in ancient times to testify to the people of His word. I know that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so it comes as no surprise that he still sends prophets to teach us today. I know that Joseph Smith was one of those true prophets and that by the power of the Holy Ghost, He was able to translate the Book of Mormon from ancient text into English. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it testifies of Christ. I love the Bible and that it, too, testifies of Christ. I am grateful for my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am a Mormon because of the truths contained and primarily because of the spirit I feel when I read these truths. I love the Lord and His goodness in putting me in a position where I can know of His word and of His gospel. I couldn't be more excited to share the true word among others throughout the world. I know it will bring happiness into their lives.

How I live my faith

I have been in multiple clubs that do acts of service for people in the community. I love doing service and love being around people because of the backgrounds they have and the goodness they radiate. With my youth group, we would often take one night a week where we would do service for the community, often times doing random acts of service. The strength of the youth helping out in the community is so profound. It knits the community together and sets an example for others. Two years ago, I was a youth leader for 16-18 year old girls in my area. It was so exciting to see the girls work together with excitement to build up the community and to have love for each other.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Rachel
Missionary work is voluntary. They serve wherever the Church calls them. The Church calls them by divine inspiration from the Lord through much prayer and faith. Though they are not required to serve missions, they are strongly encouraged because of the teachings the Lord gives about serving a mission in the Bible and Book of Mormon. They are encouraged so they may grow in the faith and so they may share their beliefs to others, demonstrating complete faith in the Lord and devotion to His ongoing work. Show more Show less