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Hi I'm Rachelle

I am a wife and mother of two children, a yogi, and a teacher at a local community college. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an interesting conglomerate of things, but throughout all of them, I am a teacher. I teach humanities classes (the liberal arts) online. This is an incredibly opportunity for me because it allows me, from home a large majority of the time, to discuss and articulate what is beautiful and unique about being human and all of the amazing things that our human state lead us to create--sculptures like Rodin's The Kiss that celebrate love; architecture like Chartres Cathedral to discuss the power of light and how that light might represent knowledge, faith, and God; and literature such as Gabriela Mistral's poetry that celebrates the beauty of our world and the soft and tender emotions that motherhood, childhood, and our relationship to the earth evoke. I teach yoga classes to all ages and levels including mommas:) I started practicing yoga after I stopped swimming in the middle of my freshman year of college with an injured shoulder, and not only did yoga help heal my shoulder but it allowed me to experience a new sense of calm and clarity in my body, mind, and spirit. And I teach my children every day about gardening, cooking, God, friendship, how not to injure themselves:) and that I love them deeply. My son starts a Spanish immersion program in the fall and my husband and I (who served a church mission in Argentina) are excited to learn and revisit a new language with him. I feel incredibly blessed to have the wide variety of experiences that I have had in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this church because I decide to be over and over, and also because of the gift my parents gave me. My parents both joined the church in college, and I am so grateful to them that they chose to raise me in the gospel, because I believe that I had an amazing childhood. My parents moved to another area when I was fifteen, and I moved in with my coach in order to stay swimming competitively on his team. If I hadn't had a very close relationship with my Heavenly Father through prayer and scripture study, I don't think I would have become the successful woman I am today. I look at most fifteen year old girls now and all of the issues they deal with, and recognize what a blessing it was to me to have standards like not dating before I was 16, not participating in premarital sex, and not using any drugs or drinking. I didn't have parents around to tell me not to do these things, but I had church and youth leaders encouraging me to stay focused and disciplined in these areas. The reason I stay committed to the gospel now is for a few reasons. One is the incredible peace I find in the temple. It is a place where I do work for my ancestors who died before having a chance to accept the gospel, and I love going there. Another is the peace I feel when taking one day a week to not do the things that I normally do and instead focus on things of a more sacred nature. Like I said before, this is something I think many people miss and their lives continue at a frantic, hurried pace. The council from the Lord to take one day to slow down is valuable. The last reason is my family. I can't imagine being separated from my husband, my son, or my daughter after death. Knowing that I will be with them forever through my temple sealing is a huge blessing.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve in the children's organization in our church. I help to keep things organized and running, and help the children begin to learn how to give talks, prayers, and scriptures. I love hearing these because they use their own words to explain very complex concepts like God, family, and love, and it's a great reminder that these really are simple things at their core. Kids seem to naturally understand what is important in life. I also frequently teach yoga to the youth and women's groups in my own church group and others in the area. I love being able to share this with them because I feel like it is a great blessing when you know that your spirit and body are divine gifts from God and are able to take care of it as such. I love sharing my time in this way because I feel like Heavenly Father has asked us to share our talents with others and this is something I feel very strongly about. I also try to take care of other people in my church group who might need help. I have another woman that comes with me to visit specific women who we are asked to keep tabs on. This is an amazing system of being able to seek out those who might need a little more help and hopefully be able to offer the support that they need. I have been a beneficiary of great visiting teachers and service--when I had both of my kids I had very difficult deliveries and recoveries and many women helped by bringing meals and watching my son. Privately, I pray daily, study my scriptures and other sacred works that illuminate my own divinity and my relationship to a divine being, and meditate. I try to find a time each day to sit, be still and let my mind return to a sense of stillness and peace. I find that this element is missing in a lot of people's lives and it would be from my own if I wasn't careful. I am also careful to protect Sunday, one day of the week, to mainly stay home, spend time with my family and friends, and worship the Lord at church.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

I think in any ideal home, there would be a minimum of stress and a maximum of quality family time. The church encourages this ideal by encouraging husband and wife to work together in all aspects of managing a home, including parenting, chores, financial and household management. There is also an emphasis on mothers nurturing children and fathers protecting and providing for the family. In my home I work part-time, and my husband works full time. This allows for the best arrangement for our family and we have prayed a lot about it and feel like that is acceptable to the Lord and maximizes the happiness of everyone in the home. Everyone has to arrive at the situation that works the best for them and leans toward an ideal of less stress, more family time. I love that the church places the priority on making sure that the home is a safe place where children can grow mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. I hope that my home is a wonderful place for my children to develop into whole human beings. Show more Show less