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Hi I'm Rachel

I swing dance, garden, and participate in archery. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just finished up my second year at college and I finally decided on my major: recreation management. I started an on-going community garden about four years ago, and I really have loved the chance to work with people and create change on an individual and community levels. I also enjoy dancing, coloring, and landscaping. Some of my "bucket-list" items include: learn to fence (which I did at college) , run a marathon, make a formal dress (I have to learn to sew first...) , and speak passable German. I will be leaving very shortly to serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Paraguay. I am very excited to have this opportunity to share the gospel and to help others learn of Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in the church, and they encouraged me to find out for myself what I believed. Occasionally I attended church camps and services with friends of other faiths and am grateful for their willingness to share with me what they hold dear. This helped get me thinking about what is important to ME. My mother was diagnosed with leukemia when I was in grade school, and although it was a scary experience, it really helped build my faith in the Savior. I knew that God hears our prayers, that He loves us, and that whatever happened--things would be okay. I knew that family are eternal, and even if I did lose my mom, I would see her again and our family would be together again. That knowledge brought me so much comfort. And has brought me incredible peace in my life since. I wasn't really sure about Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon until much later. However, I knew God heard my prayers and He loved me. After reading The Book of Mormon, I prayed to know if it was true and if Joseph Smith really was a prophet. Now I can sincerely say that I KNOW these things are real and true because of the peace in my heart. I learned by "baby steps" -one truth at a time. I am so grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ, and His sacrifice for us. I know that He lives, He loves us, and that this is His church: restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know the Bible is true, and I love it! I also know The Book of Mormon is true, and I love it as well. Being a member of this church means everything to me because it gives me purpose. I know who I am, where I came from, and why I'm here.

How I live my faith

My church responsibilities have mainly involved music, (since I took years of piano lessons) but I have also taught children's Sunday School. I have also helped plan and organize youth events such as dances and girls' summer camp. I think a big part of "living my faith" means loving and helping other people. I am very active in my community and volunteer often to various organizations. Aside from volunteering at food banks and blood drives, I try to incorporate the teachings of Christ and His prophets into the small, daily actions of my life. This includes attempting to keep control of my temper when people cut me off on the freeway. :) When I was in high school, my friends from church all attended different schools. It was great to have support from them and see kids from my youth group cheering for me at cross country races, and congratulating me after a school theater performance. We also participated in many service projects and studied the scriptures together. Similarly, in college I tried to support others by attending their track meets and being their friend. I think this idea can be applied at any stage in life.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No. We worship God. We respect Joseph Smith and acknowledge him as a prophet, but just as the children of Israel didn't worship Moses, we don't worship Joseph Smith. Show more Show less