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Hi I'm Rachel Nelson

I love Life! I love my Savior! I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am a wife of twenty years to my sweet husband and a mother of eight beautiful, happy, crazy and active kids. I have two girls and six boys, the last two are twin boys. I love being a mother. I also enjoy training and riding my three horses, reading books, learning more about this beautiful earth and strengthening my knowledge of the gospel. I enjoy playing the flute and listening to uplifting music. I spend most of the day managing my family. When I have a moment of free time I enjoy gardening, drawing things, writing a bit, learning new things and needlework.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a family who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I had to discover for myself whether the Gospel was true. My parents and teachers taught me well as a youth. When I was on my own, it was harder to make good choices but I know the Lord watched over me. As a young mother, I did what I needed to survive, often glossing over those things that were most important such as praying and studying the scriptures. It was pretty crazy at times with eight kids. I got discouraged thinking I was doing everything by myself. After some great disappointments, I became angry at God for my situation and became absorbed in an online game. I justified it by saying I needed "me time." For too many years, I put the game before the Lord. I realized what I was doing but it seemed more fulfilling to play. Finally, with the help of my Savior and unknown prayers I am sure, I was able to break my addiction. I turned to the Lord for healing and forgiveness. It has been a climb out of the murkiness that I was in but I know that my Savior has blessed me in my efforts. The depth I now feel towards my Savior's Atonement is beyond comparison. I can truly see the difference in my life and after tasting the sweetness of the Spirit, I have no desire to go back to the darkness that had previously enfolded me. My testimony of Jesus Christ has deepened immensely through recent life experiences. Just last year I was diagnosed with MS but instead of letting that drag me down, my faith in Christ has been strengthened. Because of other personal experiences, I know without a doubt that my Savior knows me. I know that the Lord has strengthened me as I have turned to Him for guidance. I truly have a desire to serve Him all the days of my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day by turning to the Lord for strength and guidance. I am not perfect and every day I must start again, but I know through my efforts my family has been blessed. I have been blessed with opportunities to help those in need and have been humbled seeing the Lord's hand in the lives of those I associate with. I have learned that serving others is the most important thing we can do on this earth.