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Hi I'm Rachel Andelin

I am the ninth of twelve kids. Music is my passion. I'm gonna be an Asian soon! And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a short, spunky girl with enough freckles to fill up the continent of Asia! Growing up in a family of 12, life was never dull! I have been so blessed to have grown up in the wonderful family that I did, with loving and exemplary parents. They provided the opportunity for me to take piano lessons at 5 years old, and I absolutely loved it, and I still love playing and teaching piano. I have also been singing and performing in musicals my whole life and I have enjoyed every minute of it! I love the feeling of communicating a message to a crowd, when the spotlights are on you and you are singing and dancing your heart out! And I love writing and creating songs. One of my biggest goals is to compose music to inspire and uplift others. Other than music, I love to run cross country! Participating in and training for the races these past 6 years has taught me the rewards of diligence and enduring to the end! I love learning history, writing poetry and essays, reading novels and playing tennis. I often have dance parties alone in my room, I hope I'm not the only one doing that...

Why I am a Mormon

The reason I have continued being a member of this Church is because no other church makes as much sense. The other Christian churches I see all around my community are great churches, with inspirational people, but something is missing. The LDS church has the fullness of the Word of God. This church has the same organization as Christ set up when he was on the earth, with prophets and apostles to guide us through these dangerous and unsettling times. No other church has the ordinances to seal families together after death. It is such a comfort, since the passing of my grandfather, to know that he has been sealed to me, and that we will be together again. My family had the privilege of adopting a sweet little girl, and being sealed to her in the Salt Lake Temple. I felt God's presence then, and I feel it each time that I pray in sincerity, read His word, and listen to His living prophets. I have prayed and asked God if this was truly His Church, and felt such a peace and warmth come over me. So why am I a Mormon? Because I know that this is the 100% correct church. My Father in Heaven has shown me that countless times, and as a Mormon, I have found a fullness of truth and joy. I encourage all who read this, members or not, to give careful thought to our beliefs, and to pray and ask God with an open mind, so that they can know for themselves if this truly is His Church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to follow God's will for me and His commandments and guidelines. I live my faith by having the courage to speak up or leave when I am in a situation where my values are being compromised. I live my faith by choosing friends who have a positive influence on me and help me to grow in my character. I live my faith by dressing modestly and living morally pure to show respect for my Savior, who gave his life for my sake. I live my faith by using my talents to bless those around me. I served as the ward organist, the ward choir pianist, and as the Laurel President. I tried to serve and assist the young women who I so deeply cared for. Now I am going to live my faith by serving a mission for the Lord in the Philippines. I am willing to leave behind my family and friends for 18 months and go to a country across the ocean to share the Lord's message and light with the people there. I only pray that I can give back something to the Lord after all He has done for me. My sacrifices seem minimal in light of the blessings I receive from Heavenly Father each day.