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Hi I'm Rachael

I'm a college student, an avid Latin dancer, a sertaneja fanatic, a lover of foreign literature and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have four younger siblings, three brothers and a little sister. The second oldest is currently serving a mission for the church in Carlsbad, California. My mom and dad are both converts. I served a service mission in Curitiba, Brazil for a year and a half where I learned to speak Portuguese. Once I got home, I decided that it would be good for me to learn Spanish as well. Now, I speak pretty good Spanish, if I do say so myself. I have a deeply embedded love for Latin dance: rumba, bachata, merengue, salsa, cumbia. However, while I will often listen to Hispanic music, Portuguese songs will always have a special place in my heart. I like to play the piano, the oboe and the marimba when I can. This semester of college I am enrolled in a French 101 accelerated course. Formidable! As I have continued on my career path I have become more aware of the world and all the people in it that all have their own unique ideas and cultures. I hope that someday soon I will be able to graduate and become a teacher because, for me, learning a language and the culture associated with that language has left me forever changed (for the better). I want as many people as possible to have that wonderful opportunity to interact with people from around the world with a deep understanding of their language and culture.

Why I am a Mormon

It is the only path that I see bringing me life-long happiness. Other paths have little to offer. Since I have gone on my mission I have realized that the Gospel of Christ really is the facilitator of opportunities for joy and happiness in this life and the next. By following the principles I find here, I have been able to meet so many amazing people from different social, economic, and national backgrounds. In conversing with them I have been able to widen my intellectual horizons and develop my ideas of how I see the world. It may be true that I could have found some of these opportunities on my own. But not near as easily or readily. So, concerning who I will be in twenty or thirty or fifty years, I don't see the individual stitches in the cloth but I see the overall design for my life and beyond. It also brings me so much joy. As previously mentioned, I was able to meet so many people. Besides that, I have been able to understand who I am on an eternal level: where I came from, where I am, and where I should aspire to eventually end up. With perspectives like these, who cares about enemies. (J.K. I don't want any enemies if I can help it). ;) But honestly, with a wider perspective, somethings in my life fade out into the white noise, they aren't as important or devastating. Other things come to the forefront. It allows me to have a clearer vision.

How I live my faith

I volunteer at a service missionary training center near where I live. There, young adults from all around the world gather to learn a short curriculum that allows them learn a language and important principles of service. When the missionaries arrive they don't always know English, so, my job is to do interpretation from English to Portuguese. This is a highly rewarding service to know that so many people are able to hear the uplifting messages in their own language and according to their own understanding. But, besides the big and obvious things I find that it is the little things that I do daily that make the biggest difference. In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien: "I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay." So reading the scriptures, going to the temple, finding my ancestor's information, praying as much as I can, participating in church activities as much as possible. All these things are how I live my faith in small and simple ways and that way, great things can come to pass.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No, we believe that all people are spiritual children of our heavenly father, and as such we should strive to help all our brothers and sisters in need. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Basically, over the course of several hundred years the people that left Jerusalem and came to America kept journals for their culture. They were like historical and spiritual documents that helped the people to know what their ancestors through. Then as the generations would pass people would expound on what the initial people had written. Through the constant recording of history and the expansion of thoughts they wrote lots and lots of texts. Eventually the people that lived in the Americas became really wicked and two men named Mormon and Moroni abridged all of the history. So they took a whole lot of documents and took only what they was instructed was most important to leave for us. Then after those two the people didn't keep written records any more and so they forgot the language and the things that their people had known became distorted over time. Then Joseph Smith found it later and he translated it. So the Book of Mormon is a journal of the happenings of the people in the Americas that was then condensed and translated. Show more Show less