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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a divorced mom of 3 gluten-free daughters who works part time. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 40-something divorced mom of 3 daughters who range from 10-15. I grew up agnostic, and joined the church at age 37. I've worked in education and computers, then stayed home for 12 years raising my daughters. Post-divorce I went back to work part-time. I love to read and cook, and love having lots of kids in my house.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up agnostic in New England. I moved to Texas, met my now ex-husband, and had my first baby. After she was born I started going to a Unitarian Universalist church again, and my beliefs started leaning more toward the pagan. 10 years and 2 more children later, I was back in New England, couldn't find a UU church that felt right, was dealing with a chronic illness, and my marriage was floundering. I told a friend I envied his faith, and he started talking to me about it. I watched the October General Conference for 2008, and pestered my friend with questions throughout the following Monday. I started reading The Book of Mormon, went to church, and felt like I had come home. My daughters and I started meeting with the Sister Missionaries, and everything felt right. We were baptized on the weekend after Thanksgiving. Our family prayed to know that the Book of Mormon was true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and felt the Holy Ghost reassuring us that it was true. I found that if I could believe the Book of Mormon was truly a testament of prophets, then it followed that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that Jesus visited the Americas after his resurrection. As I found my belief, or testimony, in one area strengthening, my belief becomes tested, and then strengthened in another area as well. I had been bedridden for a couple of years with Lyme Disease, but now, after following the Word of Wisdom, I bike 4 1/2 miles each way to work. Our family has been blessed in numerous ways by our membership in the Church. I'm so grateful that I listened when my friend started talking about his faith!

How I live my faith

I'm a teacher for the 8-9 year olds in our church. I love this - they're so fun, and I just love teaching in general. It's great to delve into topics with them and see what they find most interesting in the lesson. I visit two women in the ward every month, either by phone or in person, and it's wonderful to have that contact, and to offer to help. I live my faith through how I parent, the rules in our home, and how we structure our days and weeks.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Rachel
You will find a lot in a Mormon church service that is similar to what you've seen in other churches. Often, in other churches, Sunday School or religious education is on other days or at other times. In the Mormon church there's a 3 hour block of meetings, but it's broken into three sections. The first hour and 15 minutes or so is the Sacrament meeting. This meeting starts with the congregation singing hymns, saying prayers, and blessing and passing the sacrament (bread and water). Visitors who desire to take the sacrament may do so. Following the sacrament portion of the meeting we have 2-3 speakers and 1-2 more hymns. The second hour is Sunday School for people 12 and up, broken into a few different groups for those under 18, and into a visitor/new member class and a long-time member class. These classes discuss the gospel and the church and have plenty of space for questions. Children under age 12 have a 2 hour block of religious education called "Primary", which includes a class with similarly aged children and a larger meeting with singing and other activities. The third hour is also broken up into groups. Young men 12 and up, and adult men go to Priesthood meetings, about which I know very little, as a divorced woman with girls. Young women 12-17 go to Young Women classes. Adult women 18+ go to Relief Society. In Young Women and Relief Society we study the church and its teachings, as well as look at how we can serve others. Anyone and everyone is welcome to visit! Show more Show less