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Hi I'm Rachel

I am an artist. I am a swimmer. I am a student. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hey! My name is Rachel. I adore being the oldest of 2 sisters in my beautiful, little family. The majority of the happiness in my life comes from them. When I am not with them, I enjoy painting, drawing, swimming, hanging out with my friends, learning and, my personal favorite, traveling! I also love animals, people, being outside, enjoying a good book or movie and playing water polo. Right now I am a student still trying to decide what to study. I consider myself a goofy, yet down-to-earth kind of girl. I like watching college football, quoting funny movie lines and speaking in different accents. I hope to one day be fluent in Spanish, learn how to play the ukulele and visit every country that my bank account allows!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, but that's not why I am a Mormon. When I was a young teenager, like many other people, I began to question the gospel. I wondered if there was anything bigger and better out there for me. Through many life experiences I found that there is nothing bigger or better than God, and I found out for myself that He knows and loves me individually because I am His daughter. By being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have been given the tools necessary to become close to my Father in Heaven and to my Savior, Jesus Christ. Through Him I have the ability to know who I am, where I came from, why I am here and where I am going. Through Him I am able to be with my family forever, repent and be truly free.

How I live my faith

I haven't really thought about how I live my faith because it has become a part of who I am. Every aspect of it builds me up, making me and those around me happier through the good and the hard times. My favorite quote is by Boyd K. Packer. He said, "We are not obedient because we are blind, but because we can see." Many think that religion forces us to be obedient and conforming. I have experienced so many blessings in my life, by being diligent to my beliefs, that have brought endless joy and peace. I enjoy having callings in the church, especially being a teacher in my student ward. The most important ways I live my faith are by loving my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, and by loving everyone I meet. I try to commit myself to fully serve God and my fellow men.

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

We love and welcome visitors! Church is normally three meetings each an hour long. The first meeting is called sacrament meeting. We sing hymns, pray and listen to church members give talks. The most important part though is taking the sacrament which consists of bread and water passed by the priesthood holders. The next hour is Sunday school where the classes are offered by age groups. There are also classes for kids called primary. The last hour is where men go to Priesthood meetings and the women go to young women meetings (ages 12-17) and Relief Society (ages 18 and older). Just know that we don't ask for any donations. Just come on in and worship with us. Show more Show less