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Hi I'm Rachel

I enjoy learning, music and trying new things. Keeping a journal and doing family history have really helped me.

About Me

I went to BYU for a degree in Psychology and UConn for an MBA. I worked in market research for several years. I have two awesome kiddos with another one on the way. It took me a bit to transition to motherhood - it's been a real growing experience for me and I appreciate the opportunity. I like to volunteer teaching classes to toddlers at the local library. This has been a creative outlet for me and has helped me get to know other moms in our community better. In my "spare" time - I love to tackle home improvement projects, explore new places with my kiddos, and try new recipes. I also enjoy researching my family history and connecting with my living family through phone calls, emails and visits.

Why I am a Mormon

Even when I was really young (2nd or 3rd grade), I can remember recognizing when I felt the Holy Ghost. The prophet at the time encouraged people to read the Book of Mormon. Though I was young, I took the challenge. I didn't always understand what I read and sometimes I only read a couple verses... but I found that I felt happier and my day went better when I read. I even did better in school. That's how it started. I began to pray and receive answers to my prayers. I began to develop a relationship with Heavenly Father - and I could feel that He loved me - and that helped me trust Him and want to serve Him. When times got tough (like when I was 11 and moved to a new state and had to make new friends, or in high school when I faced opposition from my band teacher for trying to keep the Sabbath day as a holy/family day, or even when I faced challenges in getting pregnant during my early years of marriage) - I could feel his love and knew He was there rooting me on. And when I chose to do things the way I wanted (despite the inspiration I received to do things differently) only to realize my way was a big mistake, I still felt like He was there welcoming me back with loving, open arms and then helped me make the most of the situation to move forward. Through all this - I've come to know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. The power of his Atonement is real. There have been times when I've received strength beyond my own. I have felt forgiven and whole again. I have been able to forgive and let go. I'm grateful for that peace. The gift of the Holy Ghost has been such a huge blessing. I can remember sitting at work and feeling prompted to check over a report again and catching a mistake - or as a new mother not knowing what to do, an idea from the Holy Ghost would come to my mind to help me and my little ones. The more I live this gospel, the closer I feel to Heavenly Father and the more I see how it blesses me and my family for the better.

How I live my faith

At church, I used to work with the youth for several years. I love that age group because they are full of life, hope and possibilities. They are capable and have real life experiences to contribute to the conversation. It's also a very important time of life where decisions they make can affect their life's direction. I love to be reminded (and remind others) that Heavenly Father loves us so much, wants the best for us, and is very willing to help us become the best we can be if we listen to Him. One of the greatest lessons I learned as a youth is to keep God's commandments and listen/obey the prophet - even if I don't always understand why. This is why I'm glad I kept a journal. I can now look back and see how when I followed what I felt God wanted me to do - I was ALWAYS so glad I did. And when I felt I knew better and did what I thought I wanted, I can see how that didn't always work out. God really does know us better than we know ourselves and sees the bigger picture. I can honestly say that when I put my faith in Him - I'm always glad I did. And eventually, I began to understand why the commandments are given and how obeying them can help me become a better person and help me be happy and feel peace and reassurance. Now I work with the women of the church. I help plan activities. I really like when we get together to do service - I feel a great spirit and sense of purpose when we get together and do something good for someone or for the community. I think it's amazing how much good each individual can do - and also how that multiples when we serve together as a group.