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Hi I'm Rachel

I live in Arizona. I have a hearing loss. I'm preparing to serve as a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of 8 children in my family. we've always had animals too, especially dogs.It's always been a fun home growing up. I have 14 nieces and nephews and a few more on the way and all under the age of nine! I have a twin brother who is serving as a full-time Missionary for this Church. I'm not married yet but when the time comes, after my mission, I will be married in the LDS (Mormon) Temple. I love to travel all over the United States by driving a car! I've played a few sports. I danced, ran track and field, played softball, and my family and I play a lot of Frisbee and paintball together as well. My passions are just creating my own art, especially through photography and food. I'm usually in the kitchen or outside. I love being able to create something amazing out of what some view as simple and ordinary. I love banjos and started attempting to teach myself how to play. I have volunteered much of my time in my teen years to working with children who have special needs, mainly those who have been diagnosed with Down syndrome and Autism. They are remarkable people and have taught me so much about life.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a Mormon because I am happy and regardless of trials, I feel safe and understood and I find answers to my prayers. I have been a member of the Mormon Church my whole life. My Dad passed away when I was just two years old from cancer. I've always felt like there were pieces of me missing. I felt that I didn't belong and that I viewed life differently from everyone else. I struggled about my identity for years. In high school, I lost a huge amount of my hearing and have struggled with it since. I recently lost more of that hearing and my doctors have not been able to find out why this has happened to me in the first place. I wear hearing aides but have felt ashamed and cheated. I was frustrated with God and wanted answers. Why did this happen to me? I decided to get on my knees and pray. I never got an immediate answer but over time I have felt that these things are for me to grow from. I know now that there are people that can relate to my trials and that I will be able to help them. I am so grateful for those trials in my life. I have read The Book of Mormon and I know it is true. Joseph Smith is a Prophet who was instructed by God to restore His Gospel. We have living Prophets today who guide us and care for us. I know that families can be together forever and that I will see my Dad again. I do all that I can to make my Dad proud. I feel the love of my Savior for me. He died for me to live again and be cleansed from sin. I feel that now, after my hearing loss, I can hear my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ so much better than when I had my hearing. Now I can listen to Him better. I know He has blessed my life in so many ways. As I have decided to continue to be a Mormon, I always feel the love that I know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ have for each of us. I find joy and peace through The Book of Mormon. I am a Mormon because I choose to be. I know what it means to me and I know with my whole heart that it is the only true church on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing the best I can. I am on the fellow shipping committee in my singles ward. That means I welcome people who are new to the ward or those who are visiting for a first time. I make an effort to get to know them and help them feel our Savior's love for them. I look after them and make sure they are happy and that others in the ward are inviting and reaching out to those who are new to the ward. I go to the Temple and complete work that needs to be done. I look to my Savior and try my best to follow His example. I read the Scriptures and pray daily. I focus on learning more about this Gospel by attending classes and going to church every Sunday. I have recently chosen to serve as a full-time missionary for the Mormon church for a period of 18 months. During that time I will be teaching and testifying of the truthfulness of The Book of Mormon. I will be inviting others to find out more about this church and to develop a testimony of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.