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Hi I'm Rachel Anne Burbidge

I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am currently serving in the Texas Lubbock Mission!

About Me

I just finished my third year at Brigham Young University, and I am studying Accounting. I put school on hold for a little bit and I am currently serving a mission. I am serving in the Texas Lubbock Mission. I will return home from my mission in December 2017. I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. After my freshman year of High School my family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, which has become a place near and dear to my heart. My favorite thing about Arizona is the beautiful sunshine. It seems to put me in the best mood! If you have never been to Arizona, please visit sometime. You might just fall in love with the city like I did. My family has now moved back to Salt Lake City (which I also love dearly). About 12 years of my life was dedicated to dancing. I started at a studio a very young age then continued up to high school. I was apart of my high schools Pom team. My team cheered at football games, preformed half time routines, and competed at the state and national level. By far my favorite part was the competitions. I also love to travel and see the world. Some of my favorite places that I have been to are Venice, Greece, Jamaica, and Israel. I also love fashion design and following fashion blogs. My family means the world to me. I am such a home body and cherish the time I have with my family. I have two amazing parents, two brothers, one sister, a brother-in-law, and a recently added nephew (who has stolen my heart!).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the Mormon church. Some may think I am simply Mormon because my parents are but thats is not the case at all. I am an adult, I have the power to make decisions and I have chosen to continue my membership in the Mormon church. Why did I choose this? Well for a number of reasons. The first reason why I am a Mormon is because this gospel gives me a purpose in this massive, confusing world. The LDS church teaches that God sent us here for a reason and he has plan for us. Doesn't this make you feel important, the fact that God knows you and knows why your here on earth at this specific time. It gives me hope and peace to know that I am here for a reason. It also gives me motivation. If God has a plan for me, I want to fulfill that plan and accomplish all God has in store for me. The next reason for why I am a Mormon is because it makes me happy. We are taught that Gods plan for us is a "plan of happiness" and a "plan of joy". When I live this gospel, I truly feel happy. Im not saying that by becoming a Mormon your life will be perfect and easy, because it's not. When I have afflictions or tough times the gospel helps me see the bigger picture. For example, when my dad was extremely sick with staff infection from a recent surgery I was devastated. I didn't know what to do or what to think. All I could do was fall to my knees and ask God for help. As I look back at this situation I remember being sad and hurt, but after trusting in God, I felt at peace. Not only did I feel at peace but I felt closer to God and I even grew as a person. I don't know what I would have done in this situation without the knowledge and faith that God was there for me. God wants us to be happy and when we have sad, horrible situations he picks us up and and strengthens us so we can fight more battles that this life comes with.

How I live my faith

My faith is my whole life. My actions, words, and even thoughts are directed by my religion. My faith is not just practiced on Sunday, but everyday of the week. This may seem crazy, but I love it! My week starts out with a three hour church session. During this time I listen to talks prepared by the different members of my ward, sing uplifting songs, pray, read and learn about the scriptures including, the Book of Mormon and Bible, and learn how to become like Christ. Our meetings seem to be centered on Christ, since he is the perfect example of how to live our lives. Throughout the rest of the week I then try to keep my actions, words, and thoughts focused on Christ and what he would do in my situations. This is a hard task because it is not easy to become perfectly Christ-like, but just trying makes a difference. Some things that I do throughout the week to be Christlike are pray and read scriptures daily, have clean and virtuous acts, thoughts, and words, help and uplift others, or complete my church duties. Members are normally assigned a calling in their ward, this is a church duty. My calling is a Visiting Teaching Supervisor. Visiting teaching is when women in the ward are assigned to visit and watch over other women in the ward. In my calling, I have to make sure visiting teaching gets done. This also helps me understand how the women in the ward are doing spiritually and physically, so we can help whoever needs help.