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Hi I'm Racheal

I grew up in Ontario. I am a family history consultant, aspiring genealogist, and service enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Racheal Minns. I live with my Mom, Dad, Little brother and hilarious dog. My love affair with genealogy and family history really started when I attended a family history youth camp at BYU. No my favorite pastimes are seeking dead people and servicing others. My favorite service experience thus far has been my personal project knitting baby hats, which I started this summer and already I have made almost one hundred items for organizations in need. I love helping people in this life and those who have already passed.

Why I am a Mormon

This church is joy. I know from experience the every principle, doctrine, commandment and standard brings happiness and peace in this life. I love being different and knowing my purpose, knowing there is always something to hope for. I love having two heavenly beings I know care for me and only want my happiness. I know from experience that they are always ready and willing to help you if you only ask and put forth a sincere effort. I love having a unique book that holds all the answers I need and living men of God who give us guidance for these latter days. I love that hope is not lost for those that have passed and I love that there is a place on earth that is the lord's house, a place you can receive guidance and make covenants for yourself and the dead. I love this church.

How I live my faith

I believe the best way to live your faith is through action. Regularly attending church and youth activities, giving service and fulfilling your callings. I always seek opportunities to strengthen the young womens program and help uplift the young women to a higher standard. I always try to be the best possible example and to let all of my friends and acquaintances know my beliefs. True faith brings about action and improvement.

What are Mormon temples used for?

The temple is the house of the Lord. It is a sacred place where worthy individuals can go to receive guidance, instruction and peace in their lives. In the temple we have the opportunity to make sacred covenants, or two way promises with God. It is a place where families are sealed together for time and all eternity. In the temple we also have the opportunity to perform these ordinances for those who died without the opportunity in this life. Members are encouraged to seek out their ancestors and bring their names to the temple where they can be baptized, confirmed, sealed and have other ordinances performed by proxy in their behalf. Ultimately the temple is a sacred place where heaven is just a little bit closer. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Members and visitors are always encouraged to wear their Sunday best to church, traditionally dress shirts and ties for the men, dresses and skirts for the women in modest lengths. Members celebrate the two major holidays of Christian religion; Christmas and Easter. They are viewed as the most important and sacred days of the year, turning our hearts to the savior in a special way. Both are celebrated with singing and joy, but also reverence. The church also supports celebrating national holidays, such as remembrance day and independence celebrations. We also celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and similar personal events. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Visitors are always welcome at church services. We begin with a sacrament meeting which includes singing hymns, prayer, and assigned members of the congregation speaking on gospel doctrines. The main focus of the meeting however is the sacrament, the passing of blessed bread and water by priesthood holders to those in attendance who wish to do so. The congregation then splits off into Sunday school, classes offered for anyone 12 years and older. Young children are sent to primary and nursery where they are taken care of while the parents attend their classes. After Sunday school, men and women split into the last segment of the church block, Priesthood and Relief Society, while youth attend young men and young womens classes. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The purpose of us coming to this Earth and receiving a physical body is to be tested and to grow. We needed a way to learn outside the safety of our heavenly home. We needed to choose whether we wanted to serve the Lord or our own desires. Here on Earth we learn and grow in the family, the fundamental unit of life on earth.We can serve others and make their burdens light. We bring others to the restored gospel, bring them closer to their redeemer. We become more like our savior. We make ourselves worthy to return to our Heavenly father in glory. Show more Show less