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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm hard of hearing. I'm an aspiring musician and photographer. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm from a very small farming town in New York, where it was perfectly normal to see kids driving around in tractors and lawn mowers. I'm the youngest in my family, with 6 older brothers to look out for my sister and I. The majority of childhood was spent with my siblings - playing in the mud, on the trampoline, swimming in floodwater and learning how to be "tough". It wasn't until I was in high school that I finally allowed my sister to put make-up on me - and how joyful she was! I began losing my hearing when I was young, so I now wear hearing aids. I will eventually be completely deaf, but that will not stop me from enjoying my life or from living up to my potential. Strangely enough, music and photography are my passions. I am in awe by the beautiful story that can be captured in a single photo as well as the way that music can truly touch peoples' hearts. (and how much fun it is to dance to!) I absolutely love to sing and I play piano, ukulele and percussion. I aspire to work in a recording studio and to become a photographer. I also love American Sign Language will be fluent in it very soon!

Why I am a Mormon

I honestly grew up in family that is Mormon. This may have influenced why I went to this church when I was young, but now I have made the decision for myself. I have learned about this faith since I was a child and, even when I began to explore other religions as a teenager, this was the only one that ever felt right to me. It felt incomplete and confusing when I looked at other religions. To me, it was like all other religions were missing something - a key ingredient - but no one seemed to know what it was. It was like they were baking a cake but forgot to put the sugar in! I would walk away with a weird taste in my mouth - I was restless. But, when I truly looked at the faith I grew up in, everything suddenly made sense. We had all the ingredients. We have something that I just couldn't find anywhere else. We have The Book of Mormon - as well as the The Holy Bible - and we have modern day prophets to help guide us through this life. I know, without a doubt, that this is what is right and true.

How I live my faith

I try to be the best person I can be, not only at church, but all the time. I show kindness to others, support those around me, and constantly work to improve. I don't drink or do drugs or swear and I wear clothing in which I would be comfortable for nearly any occasion. I try to provide service for those around me whenever I can and do my best to, everyday, live all principles I believe. I am currently showing my faith by serving an American Sign Language mission in California. I will be there for 18 months sharing this incredible message of Jesus Christ and helping people come unto Him.

Are Mormons Christians?

This a question I have heard a lot and the answer is: yes, Mormons are Christians. Being a Christian simply means that you believe in Jesus Christ, that he is our Savior and the Son of God. We do believe this and in everything that is in the Bible. It is normal for people to be confused about this, but we actually believe in both The Bible and The Book of Mormon. They support each other and The Book of Mormon says clearly on its cover that it is Another Testament of Jesus Christ, another witness of Christ. Showing that, despite normal misconceptions, that The Book of Mormon actually is about Christ and that we are definitely Christians. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Missionary service is not required, but it is encouraged if you are healthy, willing, and able. What missionaries do is service - they help those around them who are in need and teach them about what we believe - and they do it for free. Missionaries aren't paid to do what they do. Rather, missionaries pay out of their own pocket to take about 2 years of their life to go and help others and to teach them about Christ. Show more Show less