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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm from Burbank, California. I'm a full-time college student. And I'm a Mormon 3

About Me

I'm a full-time college student, and plan to study linguistics. I have the greatest younger sisters in the world, whom I miss dearly while I'm away from home. We might be the weirdest people in the world, if only you could see us when we're not in public. I'm half Japanese and love this aspect of my culture. The food is probably the best part, but the music, myths, language, and anime are all a part of my heritage and who I am today. I love to sing and perform, and am part of an a cappella group. I was in high school show choir and rocked it. I'm trying to learn piano, and am slowly yet absolutely making progress. Learning new things can be hard, but I'll have the rest of my life to be good at it if I start now. Smiling and laughing are my two favorite hobbies; they make others happy and keep you young. There really is not a downside to them :) I love humanity and want us all to smile and laugh together, not someday but today.

Why I am a Mormon

I used to be atheist. My family moved across the country and I was put into home-schooling, with no way of having friends. I went to one church activity with my family and saw church as a social outlet, which I held onto. As I attended, I noticed how happy everyone was. I noticed how happy I was when I was there. Their beliefs were beautiful, and I loved the idea of eternal families and a plan for happiness through the eternities. I wanted to believe in it so badly, but felt as though I couldn't. A very short time after I decided I wanted to believe, my ever so wise Sunday School teacher stated that if you have a desire to believe, then you do in fact have faith, and from there it can grow into so much more. He could not have known how deeply I wanted to believe at that time, yet he knew that he needed to make this statement to the class, and I will always be grateful this. His testimony gave me hope in being able to gain a knowledge of God and Our Redeemer and the Spirit which is now a constant presence in my life. As I learned to listen to what my Father wanted me to do, I became happier and learned to see miracles. As I pray to God and seek to be closer to him, I become firmer in my testimony that He only wants us to be happy for eternity; I see that every part of life testifies of His plan for us; I recognize more and more all He has given us, and all He will continue to bless us with. We all believe in something, even as an atheist. I've chosen to believe in Him, and life is better, surer, and far more hopeful with an all-knowing, all-loving Heavenly Father as my guide.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday, but I strive to live the standards of God every day. I pray morning, night, and many times in between, always asking for guidance and strength to do His will. I try to be a better daughter to my parents, sister to my sisters, friend to my friends, and daughter of our Heavenly Parents. I teach a Sunday School class in which I work towards bettering myself and helping the class understand how following God makes each of us happier. I love my class. I'm preparing to go on a mission, leaving my home for a year and a half to go wherever God would have me be, and teach people about the God who loves them and has a plan to help them be happy always. I will preach the good news, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to anyone who will hear it, to let them know that we are watched over and can be protected if we simply ask for His aide. I want the world to share in this happiness.