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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a wife, a mother of four young kids, a sister of seven, a reader, a teacher and a chef of whole-foods. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large family-- four sisters and three brothers. They and my parents are still my favorite people to hang out with. My husband and I now have a family of four small children, girls ages 10, 8, one boy, age 6 and baby girl, age 2. When my children were first born and I had three kids 4 and under, I didn't know if I liked being a mother so much. I appreciated the support of my mother and others who had been there and assured me it gets better. And it does. I love being a mother and most things I do are for my husband and kids. I work hard at it but I've found nothing so rewarding. I've taught ESL at the high school and college level. I love working with students from diverse cultures and learning about them. I've also worked as a portrait photographer. Looking through a lens, I've seen beauty and light in everyone I photograph.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and experienced in my home that living how Jesus taught brings happiness and peace. I've come to know that there are prophets teaching us today what Jesus would say to us. Following their counsel keeps me focused and safe in a world full of a lot of evil. The power of God is in this church. My favorite place is the temple. I go there and feel close to heaven-- peaceful and loved.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day as I pray with my children and read out of the scriptures together. I try to help the Savior by being a friend to others in my neighborhood who may be lonely. I go on walks with them or call on the phone. I exercise (mostly running on the treadmill) and have learned the past few years to eat and prepare whole-foods for my family (lots of fruits and vegetables at our house) so that we can have the health and ability to serve others. I love my husband and try to take care of him and put his needs before my own-- and even before my children's. I go on Sundays to our chapel and for about two hours teach seven sometimes rowdy 5 and 6 year-old boys and girls about Jesus and about making good choices and a lot of how to sit still and be reverent. I actually love it.