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Hi I'm Rachel

I was raised on a farm. I'm an artist. I love being Canadian, and I love life! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised on a farm by a small town in Southern Alberta, alongside my parents, my five brothers and my three sisters! I wouldn't have it any other way. I am the eighth of nine kids, with just my little brother younger than me. I absolutely love my family. My siblings came to be my best friends as we worked hard together - and played hard together. Adventure is out there! I love exploring my adventurous side, whether that is scrambling up mountains, diving in glacier water, exploring nature's wonders, or immersing myself in new cultures. In my limited experience, I've grown a taste for travel, and hope to do more someday. As a child I wanted to be a college basketball player. Although my desires changed as I grew up, I still thoroughly enjoyed playing Varsity basketball and rugby in High School. I love learning! I'm an avid reader, and a lover of fiction and fantasy. I love a good film - or a Shakespeare play. I love creating art and using my imagination. The Arts are my passion. I love to act and sing. Creating a character is both challenging and fascinating to me, and singing is therapeutic. My love for arts also includes makeup artistry, painting, sketching, and writing. Life is a gift. People are to be loved, dreams are to be followed, lessons are to be learned. I believe in stretching myself, and getting out of my comfort zone. I believe in laughter, trying new things, and enjoying beauty of the small moments.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a deeply spiritual person, but I have often wondered whether or not organized religion is necessary. Through my many questions, personal study, and prayer, I have come to know for myself that it is. I know that God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever, and that his same church and priesthood authority that was established in Biblical times is on the earth today. What I love about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that it is about family. It connects us all together in service, as we strive to be Christlike to others. The knowledge I have through the gospel gives me purpose and direction in my life as an individual. It helps to keep my perspective on what truly matters. It has been a source of peace and true happiness to me. Ramin Karimloo is one of my favorite musical theatre performers of all time. He does not share my faith, but what really impresses me about him is not only what he does, but who he is. In various interviews that I've seen him in, he always emphasizes finding and following your own personal truth, and how liberating that can be. "Once you start honoring your truth, there are no more pressures." I have found my personal truth in this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through the small things. Of course, I attend meetings each and every Sunday, but what I love about this church is that it is beyond that. The gospel can become a part of who we are rather than what we do. This is a gospel not only about us, but about others. I have had many opportunities to serve in different callings, whether it was a group leader that planned activities every week, or a member of a committee which purpose was to help those in need in our area - whether that was through a visit, a meal, or other various acts of service. I am also at this time choosing to go on a volunteer service mission for a year and a half in Boise Idaho, to teach those who have a desire to know more about our church. I absolutely love being out on a mission, for I know that the Gospel can change lives for the better. I have seen it change my own life. I love it! Of course I'm not perfect, but that's the great thing about this gospel. We are all imperfect, and that's why we are here - to learn, make mistakes, forgive, be forgiven, go through trials, grow, and be happy. Through it all, we have a loving Heavenly Father that we can turn to.