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Hi I'm Rachel Nelson

I'm a college student. I served a mission. I am a wife, daughter, and friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As far as people go, I consider myself fairly ordinary. I love to drink in the beauty of life in all it's flavors - the sight of sunsets and smiles, the smell of fresh strawberries and baking bread, the feel of crisp fall air and warm summer breezes, and the sound of children playing outside my apartment. However, the most profound joy I find in this life in not from all of these, but from the feeling that I get knowing that this all testifies of God's love for me. He wants me to be happy, and so He provided a plan. Though this plan is fraught with pains and sorrows it is filled with moments of joy to help us along the way. The miracle is in the details. The good in life far outweighs the bad. I grew up in the LDS church and I'm an honest seeker of truth. I served an 18 month mission in America, which helped me truly see how God knows and loves each of us individually. I learned to relish in hearing another person's experiences and point-of-view because it always taught me something new about God. I'm currently going to college with my husband, who is a light in my life. He is the 'Mormon boy' spoken of later in 'why I am a Mormon'. The Lord has richly blessed me with him. I love spending time with my friends and family, they are the most important part of my life and their happiness brings me joy. I love life and I love being happy in life. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has brought me more peace and happiness in life than anything else.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always been a member of the church, but my senior year of high school I became less active. Because of many events in my life, I began questioning my faith and reached out to nonreligious friends for help. I didn't go to church as often and began skipping seminary. I jumped from philosophy to philosophy, searching for 'happiness' and truth. I became frustrated, confused, and depressed. Sometimes I'd think I had found it, but I'd end up still feeling empty and frustrated. I was searching for something and running in circles. After many months of feeling this way, I was asked to a school dance by a Mormon boy. We began talking often, and our conversations were usually about religion. As I listened to his testimony and saw how happy he and other members were, I began to remember my faith again. A few months later, my mother told me how she and many others had been praying for me to return to the church. I realized then that the friendship and conversations had not been a coincidence; it was a direct answer to my mother's prayer. I started going back to church with a desire to learn. I wanted to know for myself. As I studied the scriptures and prayed for guidance, I began feeling happier! The confusion and frustration I had lived with for so long seemed to melt away. I found truth and comfort in the Book of Mormon, the words of the prophets, and sincere prayer to a loving Father in Heaven. There are many things I still don't know, but because of this experience, I do know that I have a Heavenly Father who knows me personally and loves me. I know that He hears and answers sincere prayers. I see His influence in my life everyday. I am a member because I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to be the only true and living church on the Earth today. In it is contained the keys to help me and everyone on the Earth to return to live with our Heavenly Father again. I know this because the Spirit of the Lord has borne witness of it's truth to my soul.

How I live my faith

My mother put a quote by Mother Teresa on our wall a couple years ago that said: "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." Doing the little things each day - attending church and planned activities, and service in my callings are all part of living my faith but more importantly, they strengthen my testimony that the church is true. The gospel is a formula for life. Scripture study, prayer, institute classes, attending the temple, and family home evening keep me spiritually focused throughout the week. No one activity would help me have all the spiritual nourishment I need, but all of it combined provides a feast that brings peace to my hungry soul by drawing me closer to Christ. As I participate in these activities, I am reminded of the Savior and how to be more like He is - kind, loving, thoughtful, and hopeful. I'm not perfect by ANY means but I try to do what's right. As a family, my husband and I do our best to stick close to the Lord. We do our best to influence each other for the better. We've had many experiences already in our early marriage feeling nervous for the future when finances, grades, or just life in general doesn't turn out the way we thought it would. We've spent much time in prayer, fasting, and scripture study seeking the Lord's guidance. I can testify with surety that the help you desperately need will come as you look to the Lord for support.