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Hi I'm Rachel

I was born and raised in Kimberly, Idaho. I've been called to serve in the Cusco Peru mission reporting May 31 and I'm so excited!

About Me

I studied Music Education at BYU-Idaho September to April and am now deferring to serve a mission! I have been called to serve in the Cusco Peru mission! Craziest part is that I have actually been there before! I joined an HEFY group and we did humanitarian service in Lima, but we stayed in Cusco for a bit so we could visit Machu Picchu, which is also in my mission! I am the youngest child of 6 and I love music and the outdoors. I play the violin and piano, I sing, and I love kayaking and backpacking. I love the mountains in Idaho, I love the canyon in my backyard, I love my dog, and I love this world. I currently have one niece and five nephews, soon to be six in August. I love my family and am so excited to teach the people in Peru that they can be with their families forever, because I noticed that they have strong family cores down there. I'm an Idahoan down to my roots, I'm (soon to be) a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a LDS family. Growing up in the Church has been a wonderful experience. For a while, I followed the gospel because that's what I was taught was right, and that was what my family did. Starting a few years back, however, I started to gain a REAL testimony, one from my heart and not from others telling me it was right. Things just got better from there, and my testimony has really gotten stronger. I choose to follow this church because I know it is the only true church upon the earth. I choose to follow it because I wish to grow closer to my Father in Heaven. I choose to follow it because it brings true happiness, happiness that will last throughout the eternities. This gospel gives me hope, gives me endless second chances and gives me a purpose and a knowledge of where I came from, why I am here and where I am going. The best part is that even when I really mess up, things are not over. I can pray and repent and I will be forgiven. I have felt Heavenly Fathers' love for me and it is incredibly powerful. I know this church is true, and I'm going to help bring others to it's guiding light. It's almost never easy, but it's always worth it. I love my family, I love this church, and I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Living the faith is the trickiest part. You can believe it and know it all you like, but putting that belief into your actions is a tricky transition. In the words of one of my absolute favorite fictional characters of all time, "Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small every-day deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love." -Gandalf. J.R.R. Tolkien could not have worded it more perfectly, and I could not agree with him more. It's rarely large and rare actions of powerful people that fortify our faith. It's the "small every-day deeds of ordinary folk" like praying often and studying our scriptures that make us strong. The Lord promises that if we "Pray always, lest you enter into temptation and lose your reward" (D&C 31:12). If we pray always we will come off conqueror. Sometimes doing the small things is all the strength I can muster. But I take comfort in knowing it's the small consistent things that really matter.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Rachel
When Jesus Christ was on the Earth he taught those who listened that baptism in an essential ordinance for your salvation. In the Temple we are baptized for the hundreds and thousands of people who have passed on without being properly baptized. We are giving them a chance to accept what we have done for them, to accept the blessings that come with baptism. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Rachel
Yes, we are Christians. The only difference is that we have the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ. It holds more truths, gospel doctrine that hadn't been known before Joseph Smith translated it. It's the truest and most right book on the earth today. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Rachel
We believe that families can be together forever. A husband and wife, sealed together for time and all eternity in the Temple, will be together forever. Their children will be born under that sealing, so they will also be able to spend eternity with their family. If they are born before the parents are sealed, the children will be taken with the parents to the Temple and they will all be sealed together. I know that I will be able to see my Grandma again and meet my Papa for the first time someday. Matthew 16:19--"...and whatsoever though shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven." Show more Show less