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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm British, I'm a music student, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I belong to a wonderful family with great parents, and I am one of five children. Music plays a big part in our home and family and I love it! I enjoy listening, playing, composing and studying music. I'm currently in my second year of University where I study music with others who are passionate about it too. I have some great friends, including members of my family/ extended family. I'm the sort of person that likes to get involved with plenty of things - during my school/ sixth form years I enjoyed playing in orchestras and bands as well as playing sports such as basketball and football. Though I don't play in a particular sports team now, I sometimes play sport (such as volleyball and other things) in the evening with friends from church. I also cycle... sometimes. Something I especially love about life, is being able to study and learn and develop skills and talents. There are so many good things to do and to learn, that I never really need to be bored! I enjoy having a go at learning foreign languages, though I'm not very fluent in many yet, but hopefully I'll get better.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me from a very young age about their faith, not only through their words, but also by their actions, and I have been incredibly blessed to grow up in a home where the gospel of Jesus Christ is taught and believed. I know that as I try to live the gospel principles I have been taught, I will be happy. I know that even though I make mistakes, because of Jesus Christ, I can be forgiven when I repent. One of the most important things I have learned is that I am a child of a Heavenly Father who loves me very much, and I can pray to Him any time and anywhere. Not only this, but He hears and answers my prayers. I have felt the Holy Ghost testifying to me of the truth. I think it's amazing that we really can communicate with God, our Father. We can pray to Him, and when we do so, in faith, he answers our sincere prayer. It would not be enough however to purely rely on my parents' beliefs without finding out for myself. Scientists come to a conclusion by experimenting. In the Bible, it says in John 17:7 'If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.' By prayerfully studying the scriptures and trying to live the teachings of the Saviour, I have found that living His principles truly brings happiness. When I live my faith, I am happy, and even when I have sad times or trials, I can know that there is hope through Jesus Christ who will help me as I try to put my trust in Him.

How I live my faith

Being happy is one way I live my faith. I really believe that is what our Heavenly Father wants for all of His children, and when I do my best to keep the commandments, He helps me to be happy. I try to live my faith during the week as well as on a Sunday by praying, studying the scriptures, and doing good things with my time - of course I could be better than I am, and I don't always use my time as constructively as I could, but I'm glad that each day we can try again. As well as sometimes playing the organ and leading the music at church on a Sunday, I spend quite a bit of time with the Nursery children. I get to enjoy some singing time, playtime, and helping the children to learn about Jesus. I also work with some of the young adults from church in our city, which involves helping to organise activities, getting involved in them, and making and strengthening friendships. I have friends too who aren't members of the church who have enjoyed coming to activities, and I love to mix with many people! I have friends of various cultures, who can help me to learn, whether it's about the food or the language!