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Hi I'm Rachel

I am a full-time college student with a passion for music and languages, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of six children. I love music, I have played piano and trombone for multiple years. My 2nd hobby after music is languages. Along with trying to expand my English vocabulary, I have studied Spanish and American Sign Language, and hope to learn more. In high school I was definitely a marching band nerd, but I also played rugby. I enjoy being active, and I know in the long run it will make it easier to live with my (currently) mild thrombophilia. This fall I will be a college freshman working toward a degree in speech pathology/therapy, hoping to finish school with no loans and minimal debt.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this gospel is what has made me the person I am today. It is my main source of optimism, confidence, humility, love, empathy, respect, perspective, and joy. In a crazy and unsure world, it is in Christ and His teachings that I can always find stability, support, and safety. Through every trial I've had (from enduring doctor visits and times of sorrow, to finishing essays and figuring out where to go to school and how to pay for it), I've had everything work out through the grace and love of my Savior. Although I may not be able to remember a lot of scripture stories, and I sometimes struggle to remember church history and explain the doctrine (I have trouble with that in every subject), I have a strong testimony. I know that this gospel is true, and I see it make an impact in my life every day. I know that The Book of Mormon is the word of God, as is The Bible. The scriptures are the only published works that I can read over and over, and gain new insight each time. Without this gospel and the insights I've gained through it, I know I would not be the same person. I studied and pondered and prayed about this church, and I found for myself that it is true. I know it, I strive to live it, and I absolutely love it. It is my foundation for life.

How I live my faith

I have always been a part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have enjoyed opportunities to be a youth leader, and to participate by preparing lessons as well as by giving talks during sacrament meetings. I also had opportunities to help fellow youth with studying family history, as well as acted as a leader in seminary class during high school.