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Hi I'm Rae

I'm a creator, a writer, a global traveler, a wonderer and a wanderer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am twenty something and currently living in Utah. My father was in the military so I grew up all over the world, mostly Pacific rim, like Japan, Hawaii, or Guam. I'm in collage. I love to write, sometimes I write too much. I love recreating old fairy tales and mythology or just making worlds with their own histories and cultures then writing them down or typing them out. History, culture and mythology are three of my favorite things to study and I love learning to cook various foods from all over the world, Indian and Japanese foods are currently my favorite. If I only had curry to live on for the rest of my life, I'd eat it happily, however, I love trying new foods too much, so maybe not so happily...

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I would be lost without the guidance I feel and know that my Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ, give me through Their love and my faith in Them. My brother passed away when he was sixteen from bone cancer in 2010. Before my family found out that he had cancer, I had not been active in my church nor believed much in God. He was just some dude that my parents told me to believe in. My brother's cancer started many changes in my life. I started the addiction recovery program through my church, changed my major in school, and started to get my life back on track. I found peace, love and acceptance within the church but more importantly I developed my faith and the knowledge that my Father in Heaven loves me and my family as He loves all of His children here on Earth.

How I live my faith

I've taught family history classes, wherein I help people with their genealogy by helping them find or trace their ancestry. I've taught children's Sunday school classes and have helped with youth activities. Which is some of what I'm currently doing, in that I help plan activities in my church and try to help the youth and other members of my church. I served a Mormon Mission in Frankfurt, Germany. As a missionary I taught many people about Jesus Christ, His gospel and His love for the children of our Heavenly Father, I helped people with their farm work, cleaned homes, took food to people and helped wherever else they needed me to.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Interestingly enough, its really not that hard to "increase" our faith. You don't have to do some big quest or read the whole of the Book of Mormon in a day or even in a week. Just a little each day. It is by small and simple things that we can build our faith in Jesus Christ, its like building a house, one step at a time. You don't start by building the roof first, you start with the basics and build the foundation that everything else is then built upon. For example, I start my mornings by rolling out of bed and straight onto my knees to begin my day with prayer. My prayers are never grand bearings of my soul. They are more heartfelt musings and requests to my Savior and my Father in Heaven above. However, my first prayers, the first time that I truly tried to pray on my own, were not this way. My first prayers were hesitant and with thoughts of "this is stupid," or "is anyone even up there?" Slowly, I became more comfortable with praying, I just had to keep doing it until I was, though it wasn't just that. The more I prayed, the more honest and sincere I became in my prayers, the more I could feel my Savior's love for me. I began to see more of His handy work in my life. Things I'd prayed for would come to pass, though not always in the ways that I had anticipated. My prayers had started out small and simple, hesitant and a little doubtful but I had to start out with just the basics that I knew, to build up to the solid foundation that I have today. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

It is a style of life but it is also more than that. Being Mormon brings me hope, joy and understanding of many things in my life. For a time, as a new adult stepping out of my parents influence and trying to make my own way through life, I stopped going to church. I didn't see the need for it. Yet some years later, I started to feel like something was missing. Eventually I found my way back to Christ through this church and the blessings of His teachings. Before I had seen some of the Mormon principles and life style as restrictions and limitations but I began to see them as protections. As things that didn't limit my life but actually enabled me to live it more fully. As a Mormon I have never had problems with alcohol or drugs, never woken up hungover not knowing where I was nor left to wonder what I had done the night before, never been arrested nor had any problems of that kind. By keeping the commandments and following the words of the prophets, I am healthy, happy, and ready to take on my future. I love to travel, to try new things, to get out there and see the world. My profile picture is of me at a Hindi spring festival that is held at a Hindu temple in Utah. I am a Mormon but I love learning of other cultures and faiths, of sharing perspectives, talking and learning of our Creator. The people of the world may all have different views but we're entitled to be different, it's the way we were made and the paths we've chosen. It makes life more interesting anyway. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

I believe in the Bible and read from it quite often. I do view it as the word of God. However as a Mormon, I believe in the Bible as far as it is translated correctly. There are so many interpretations and different translations of the Bible in the world today. As Mormons, we believe that there are many plain and simple truths that have been lost from the Bible over the ages. That is why we have the Book of Mormon. We believe that the Book of Mormon is not only scripture but also completes or complements the Bible. It contains many of the plain and simple truths that were lost over time from the Bible. The Book of Mormon has been translated into many languages but the message has remained the same. The translators have done their best not to change the meaning nor the message behind the scripture. I have read the Book of Mormon in English and in German and nothing is different. The passages of scripture still give the same message regardless of the language. Sadly, the same cannot be said of my English Bible and my German Bible, though the copies that I have are the ones that I was told would be the most similar. Some verses are not the same and in some places they don't have words or even whole verses that the other copy has. Though it does make for interesting discussions with people when talking about faith. The different views and opinions that people have due to their different copies of the Bible sometimes help to see things in a new light. Show more Show less