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Hi I'm Rachel

I grew up in a suburb of Detroit. Now I live in Washington DC and do database management for a national nonprofit. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live and work in Washington DC. I like facing my fears by trying new things. For example, up until about 2 years ago, I couldn't ride a bike more than a block without falling off. After much encouragement and training from friends and family, I now bike to and from work most days. Before marrying my husband, who is an avid swimmer, I struggled to swim 25 yds, and when I did, I was completely winded by the end! My husband very patiently gave me weekly swimming lessons, and now I can swim a whole mile without keeling over! I love music and nature and learning about family history.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in a Mormon household. As I got older, I made it a point to read the scriptures and learn exactly what it was that my religion taught. I always felt good when I followed the religious teachings and enjoyed what I read, but I had a little trouble with the story of Joseph Smith. When I was 20, I decided to prepare to serve and mission and knew that I would need to have a strong conviction of the prophet, so I spent as much time as I could with the full-time missionaries, listening to what they taught. I was struck by the personal relationship displayed by a god who would personally visit a 14-year-old boy to answer that boy's sincere prayer. This example of God's love still rings true with me, and I do my best to maintain my part of that relationship.

How I live my faith

I try to get involved in community service programs, such as tutoring, where possible. I work with the youth at my church, participating in midweek activities with the 12-18-year-old girls and often get to teach them on Sundays as well. I love working with the girls and learn a ton from them!