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Hi I'm Rachael Cook

I'm from Kansas. I'm a state record holder for competitive weight lifting. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student, and I'm a big nerd. I love the human body, thus my major is nursing. If I could read all day long I would. I love Harry Potter and Star Wars, but I also enjoy the good old classic Pride and Prejudice. I was a hurdler and sprinter for 6 years and since those days I just run for fun. I was a competitive weight lifter for many years, and actually broke the state record in bench press; I'm very health oriented. I love nutrition. My life doesn't completely revolve around sports though. I love love love to sing, but I'm super shy about it unless I'm at home. I'm a closet singer. I come from a family of two wonderful, loving parents, 2 sisters and 4 brothers. I am the second oldest. I also have the cutest nephew on the planet. I am serving an LDS mission to London England, and I love it. I'm really outdoorsy. I like to go caving, rappelling, zip lining,and exploring. You name it, and if it's outside, I probably like it. I'm kind of reserved until you get to know me. I laugh really easily and I'm super competitive :) But the most important thing about me is that I love my Heavenly Father. He is the center of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Many people think that you're either born "spiritual/religious" or not. They act like it's a gift or knowledge that is just thrust upon you, but it isn't. Throughout my growing up years, I spent time exploring my friends' beliefs. I went to church with them, and asked questions. The question asking was the most important part of my growth. Being a Mormon didn't just fall on my head. I didn't just wake up one day and think "I want to be a Mormon. I believe what Mormons believe", but instead I spent hours studying the scriptures; I've read countless books written by Mormon authors and authors of other faiths. But none of the books that I read made an impact on my life like the Book of Mormon did. There is literally no other book on this planet that has taught me more about Jesus Christ than that book. It doesn't just simply teach me ABOUT Him but it helps me come to know Him as a person and to understand why His existence matters to me personally. The Book of Mormon absolutely changed my life. The knowledge I gained changed me. It changed how I think. It changed how I see the world and how I see other people. It changed the desires of my heart, and to this day, It still changes me. It inspires me to be better, to give more, to be more thoughtful and patient, and to never give up on myself or on anyone else, because the Savior has made it possible for everyday to be a new, clean, fresh day to start over. Most importantly, I am a Mormon because I have prayed and asked God and received an answer for myself that this is the true church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by the simple actions of my everyday life. I make a conscious effort every single day to read my scriptures and say my prayers. Not only that, but the very center of who I am is made up of my faith. It effects my choices every single day. It effects how I dress, how I speak, how I spend my time, what I eat and drink, and what I watch. I live my faith by following my standards and values to the best of my ability, not just on sunday, or when people are looking, but every single day.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Rachael Cook
We have the ability to have a personal relationship with God. Heavenly Father has given us many ways that we can be close to him. Just like in any kind of a friendship, you need to talk and spend time together. The way that we can talk and spend time with God is through daily prayer and scripture study. I know for myself that as we do these things that are faith in God will continually grow and that we will experience a happier more fulfilling life. Show more Show less