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Hi I'm Rachael

I was born and raised in the Deep South. I'm a repentant sinner. I served a mission. I'm a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of 4 children. I was a painfully shy child. My mother was/is bipolar. My father has depression that manifested/manifests itself in anger. My mother was a screamer. My father was a beater. I love them. They did the best they could with the tools they had. I have been diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder. I was a rebellious teenager, that I now believe was just a scared kid self medicating. I believe The Lord communicates with His children by whatever "language" they speak. I was converted through a wayward/dark experience that I compare to the conversion of Alma the Younger. I served a mission. I married a man in the temple that served in the same mission as I. I'm a mother who TRIES not to be a screamer. I am a mother that refuses to use physical intimidation and beatings to discipline my children. I'm trying to be like Jesus. I pray trying will one day prove to be enough. If I continue to have faith in the atonement, it will be enough. I've gone through times of frustration and anger at God, but slowly I am recognizing the blessings that flow from Him. Slowly I am realizing I can see the face of God in my children. I don't have to feel alone or forsaken by Him, He is with me every second, manifested in the love of my family, for me. It's real, it's tangible, I can see it, I can feel it. I just have to accept it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born into a family that was active in the church, with all their imperfections and failings and triumphs. As much as I fought the sacredness of it, I was shown powerfully and undeniably, it was true. I am a Mormon because there is no other way to live that can give me the strength that is vital to weather the storms of this life.

How I live my faith

I serve the children at church. It may sound trite, but it has served me more than I have served in it. It has been amazing for my mental and emotional health to be willing, and to forget myself by serving The Lord. I am a visiting teacher, as I visit these ladies I attend church with, I have realized that each one of us copes with heart breaking trials unique to ourselves. These ladies have helped me to realize I am not alone, as the adversary would like me to believe. Being a mom is the most frustrating, aggravating, wonderful, rewarding duty I have on earth. There is no other job that stretches or tests me more physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. These little people I am responsible for require and I am going to use the word "force" me to be better, to be stronger, to be wiser, to be more caring, to be selfless. I am stretched to the point where I feel I might snap. I NEVER DO! It has taught me what I am made of. It's what The Lord has to teach me the most. I am strong, I am powerful, I can do it. He knows I can, I have to know I can. We all can through The Lord. Satan would have is believe the opposite. It is simply not true. You are strong, you are powerful and you CAN do it. You ARE doing it. I hope YOU and I can remember that. Praise be to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ our Savior. They can help us, they can save us. May we allow them to.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Rachael
I'm not sure. I think sometimes the unknown, or the bits and pieces taken out of context, can create a sense and discomfort or fear. The word "cult", definitely strikes a sense of fear in the heart. From an outside point of view, and no other exposure. Perhaps you've been taught that, or someone you know or trust calls Mormons that. Anyway, whatever the reason, I promise you the LDS church is not a cult. And if you have questions, just ask, but I challenge you to ask a Mormon. If you want to know about something, go to the source. I'm one, fire away. You can be up front about just wanting information and clarification. I'm up for anything. Show more Show less