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Hi I'm Rachael

I'm an adventure lovin', book readin', country singin' Mormon who just can't help but smile back :)

About Me

I was born and raised in Washington state, and though I claim the west side as my home, my driver's license says otherwise. I think as the baby of the family, my most important role was to inform everyone else that I was NOT being spoiled. That some how, all of my accomplishments, gifts, friends, etc. we're strictly a product of my capabilities. But that wouldn't be entirely true. I was brought up in a home that taught me several life-altering lessons. My gift for optimism and positive thinking came from years of watching my older sister struggle day after day with chronic depression. My drive and determination to do well in tennis, nannying, secretarial work at the nuclear power plant, came from my Dad's constant love and devotion to his job as a high school English teacher as well and most importantly as a Father. (He doesn't just change grades, he changes lives.) My child-like interest in life's little details sprouts from my Mom's humble heart, and bubbly personality. (Like Mother, like daughter). And lastly my enthusiasm to share the message of the Restored gospel with Heavenly Father's children in North Georgia was ignited when I watched my older brother take his first steps into the MTC--Switzerland bound--nearly 4 years ago. So I guess, when it really comes down to things, I'm like a hot dog. A random mixture of leftovers & characteristics rolled into one, 20 year old girl. Good thing I like hot dogs.

Why I am a Mormon

President Uchtdorf once said, "the thing about truth is that is exists beyond belief. It is true even when nobody believes it." I can't imagine how Joseph Smith must have felt at the young age of fourteen when he knelt down on his knees in that sacred grove of trees offering up his whole heart to God in prayer. Not knowing beforehand what to expect, or the change that would soon take place in his life and the lives of many others. It must have taken great faith. I remember experimenting upon his words as well as the words of past prophets who came before him, even Moses, Noah, and Moroni. I studied, pondered, and prayed. And though my answer did not come as brilliant beam of light, exactly over my head, it came with great power, entering into my heart, filling it with an overwhelming sense of peace and hope. Simply put, I am a Mormon because I have received a personal witness of the Holy Ghost that it is true. And as stated earlier, truth is truth whether anyone believes it or not. I'm just glad I do :)

How I live my faith

I am a full-time missionary in the Georgia Atlanta North area. Living my faith has little to do with the fact I wear a skirt 7 days out of the week, or that I spend my afternoons knocking on screen doors, open doors, broken doors, really anything that looks like a door, or that I wear a black, plastic name-tag above my heart. No, living my faith is much more than that. Being a missionary is much more than that. I am called as one of the Lords representatives. And as such, I am held to a higher standard of living. Thomas Fuller, a really cool guy from a long time ago, once said that, "he doth not believe who doth not live his belief." Simply put, if I claim to be one of the lords instruments, I better be playing the right notes. As I study the life of the Savior, and do all that I can do to follow his ways by word and deed, helping others along the way, then I know I'll have pleased at least one person that day--and that's good enough for me.