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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a mother of two little boys. I am a full-time graduate student. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm a graduate student in the Humanities. I study popular culture and gender performance. I love to analyze ideas and culture and see how everything fits together. I plan to be a professor of Humanities in the future. I got married as a freshman in college and had two children before completing my undergraduate degree. Getting married and having children so young was one of the greatest blessings of my life. I am a stronger, more diverse, and more balanced person than would have been possible without my family. Many people see my education and my family as being at odds with each other, but my family is the key to my success. My husband is a stay-at-home dad so that I can pursue my dreams and goals. I am grateful for the type of cooperative marriage that the Church promotes that has allowed my husband and I to balance our needs and desires in an unconventional way.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church brings light and happiness into my life I couldn't find anywhere else. It hasn't always been easy; many of the values the Church teaches were difficult for me growing up, especially the emphasis on marriage and children. However, I am so glad the Lord's values are more insightful than my own, as now my family is my greatest source of joy. Seeing my children grow and develop is the closest feeling to bliss I've ever had. But in a more personal way, the Church gives me hope and stability. I know sometimes I am easily weighted down by financial concerns and fears for the future security for my family, but when I pray to the Lord I feel His deep personal love for me. He gives me peace and comfort, the knowledge that He is guiding my life and that if I live by faith, my fears are for naught. I am a Mormon because I know the restored gospel to be true, and I enjoy being a Mormon because it gives my life meaning and purpose. I know I have intrinsic worth as a daughter of God. I have hope for a brighter future. I believe my actions on this Earth will have eternal significance. That hope, stability, and insight are priceless in a fractured, post-modern world.

How I live my faith

Some people see faith and academics as being at odds, but I've never found that to be true. I love taking the analytical skills I gain from study and applying them to the gospel, always seeking for deeper understanding. For me, life is about delving deeper, and faith is about always learning more about the gospel and the mysteries of God. I let my faith guide my questions, rather than letting my questions block my faith. Seeking answers for my own questions allows me to teach and discuss the gospel with others, and in time, I believe that all truth will come forth and my search for greater understanding will be fully rewarded. I do my best to live in the way the Church teaches, so that I can be an example of happiness to my colleagues, students, and neighbors.