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Hi I'm Rachel

I grew up near Manchester. I moved down south to study at History at University. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the youngest of 6 and grew up in Lancashire before moving down south for University. I'm currently studying History and have no idea what job it will lead me to- but am loving being a waitress at TGI Friday's to see me through Uni. I'm a very social character and like spending my spare money on doing fun things- most of all I love to see live music. My family are the most important people in my life but I couldn't cope without my closest friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family where both of my parents we're baptised into the Mormon faith when they were around the age of 25, so I have been a Mormon my whole life. I got baptised at the age of 8 and can still remember it well. As i have grown older, and mainly since I have moved away from home and gained more independence, I have questioned my membership to the Mormon church, wondering if I actually believe this religion myself or whether I follow its teachings just because my parents do. This consideration led me to conclude that if I hadn't been born into a Mormon family, I sadly doubt that I would have sought out a religion on my own, simply because I don't often think deeply about anything. However this makes me eternally grateful for the fact that I have been raised in a Mormon household and for the missionaries who taught my parents. I have no doubt that the Saviour died on the cross for my sins and that my Heavenly Father knows me by name. I believe that Joseph Smith restored the Priesthood to the Earth and that this Priesthood power from God is what makes this church the only true living church on the Earth. I have chosen to be a Mormon for these reasons and so that I can be part of an organisation which keeps me focused on the most important things in life. Most importantly to me, I know that I love my family more than anything and that through living the teachings of the Mormon church, we are able to benefit from sealing powers and be together as a family in the eternities. The comfort and joy that I get from my religion is second to none and I am grateful everyday for the knowledge of the truth that I have in my life, and for the better person it makes me strive to be.

How I live my faith

Since moving away from home, church has become a more important part of my life. I attend every Sunday and meet with other Mormons my age every Monday and Wednesday. At church I am responsible for organising events for my age group and making sure everyone feels welcomed and involved. I also take every opportunity I can to go out with the Missionaries and help them in their work of telling others about our religion. Within my friendship group at University I stand out as I don't party as hard as most students do but I don't see this as a limitation on my experience of University life and I hope through my happiness my friends see the joy that the gospel brings.