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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a fiction metaphysicist living a nomad life. I move. I live. I adapt. And then I write about it. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am zealously scattered. I dig cooking, (especially vegetarian and vegan food), nutrition, sewing (anything but shirts because that crap is hard), reading philosophy and theology, being active in church, watching science documentaries especially concerning physics, raising 4 kidlets aged 7 and under, and staying madly in love with my husband of 10 years. I hold a BS in Computer Science and an M. Psych. I’m currently seeking a Master’s in Creative Writing. If the above makes me sound a bit flighty about my interests, I prefer to think of it as eclectic. Writing: not an interest, an obsession. I love any kind of writing, but I especially love fiction because of how you can tell people what you think without really telling them what you think…if you know what I mean. I had to make a personal statement in my last master’s class about what kind of writer I am and after much thought, I decided I am a Fiction Metaphysicist. It’s where I live in my mind as I consider metaphors for life. I consider imagination the key to reality and all fiction is grounded in fact one way or another. And nonfiction is grounded in how we imagine ourselves–an often-times fictional perception. I’ll stop getting all existentialist writer on you now, and just say that I’m Zealous. Exuberant about life and the things in it. And I happen to be a mom, which is actually a pretty big deal.

Why I am a Mormon

I converted at the age of 19 and what drew me first was the idea of the Spirit Prison. I liked that everyone got a second chance. This is a completely novel idea compared to other faiths and to me it turned God into someone loving that I could relate to rather than the disconnected seeming unfair deity I imagined. The next earth shattering moment was learning that I actually have a purpose for enduring this trying and oftentimes miserable life. I disliked the idea that all of our suffering should be in vain. I loved the idea that we are accomplishing something here on earth and that every moment matters to God and therefore should matter to us. I liked that WE mattered in the grand scheme of God's plan, that he can't bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man without us. We are our brother's keeper and our actions matter immensely. Responsibility is the thing that makes us feel alive and when I found the church and learned how much I mattered, I woke up from a too long sleep. The last great gift which, if all else failed, would still bind me to the Church forever is the gift of the Holy Ghost. Having lived 19 years without it, I have a firm grasp on what the Holy Ghost's companionship has done for me. It is the greatest tool we can have to navigate this life and I am eternally grateful that I found the church where the fullness of companionship of the Holy Ghost can be found.

How I live my faith

To me, nothing is purely temporal so all things can be related to the Gospel. Sharing my faith is about presenting Gospel ideas through my writing without stating so explicitly. I try to present beauty in what I write in a way that moves people to think about something in a way they haven't before. I'd like to raise questions without people recognizing an agenda. My faith influences all these things of course, but I refrain from stating so explicitly. I'd rather move someone and then have them wonder... "Is she a mormon?" or maybe they'll just ask me if they're curious about how I came to be. I like the idea of discovery and so sharing my faith is about allowing others to discover who I am through my talents.