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Hi I'm Rachel

Everyday I try to create beauty whether it is through singing, playing the piano, designing, or golfing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Pleasant Grove, Utah and am currently a student at Brigham Young University studying graphic design. I love music. I love singing and playing the piano, organ, and occasionally the guitar. I am a member of the BYU Women's Chorus. I've played the piano for about 12 years, and I taught piano for about two and a half years in high school. Music is a huge part of my life. I also love being outside. I was on my high school golf team for four years. I enjoy spending time with my family camping and fishing. I enjoy sports and am avid BYU football fan. I love singing in the rain and jumping in puddles. I love to laugh. It is probably the thing I like to do the most.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this gospel is true. There are lots of things in my life right now that I am uncertain of. But I do know one thing for certain. I do know that my Heavenly Father loves me. I know that no matter what I do, I am still his daughter. I was raised a Mormon and have always been a Mormon. I am grateful for my family that raised me in the gospel. I have seen blessings throughout my life because of it. The gospel has provided me with happiness in my life. I know that true happiness only comes through my Savior. He has saved me from the storms in my life many times. I am a Mormon because I know with my whole heart and soul that this gospel is true. It is the only reason why I keep going. It is my hope. It is my life.

How I live my faith

Every day I wake up and question my purpose. This past year I have learned that one of my purposes in life is to give. I have performed in numerous concerts, festivals, musical numbers, talent shows, and competitions. Up until being a member of BYU Women's Chorus, I always thought that performing in concerts was to just show off what we've learned and our skills and talents. Before our first concert, my director told us that people pay to see the beauty we create and there are people here tonight need some healing. We prayed for our audience. That's when I realized it's not about me. It's not about showing off. It's about what I can give to others. After my concert I realized how exhausted I was. I had given myself to the audience. Those moments when I can't sing because I'm just overwhelmed by the spirit are the greatest feelings I have ever felt. It's those moments I live for. It's when I feel the angles around me singing. It's when I share my testimony through playing a song on the piano. It's when I can design something in class that is just beautiful. It's when I spend hours on the driving range discouraged, hooking and slicing every shot, then finally on the first tee I hit a perfect shot. It's all those little moments in life that make life worth it. That is how I live the gospel. When I create beauty, when I give of myself, when I never give up, that is when I am living the gospel. The gospel isn't about just going to church and reading your scriptures although those are things we should be doing. The gospel is about how we live and who we are becoming. It's about using Christ's atonement to become better than we were yesterday. It's about finding yourself in Christ. That is how I live the gospel. I strive everyday to give all that I can to create beauty around me. I am imperfect and fail and I mess up daily. But because of the gospel, I can become better. I can overcome my weaknesses. That is the beauty of the gospel, and that is how I live the gospel.