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Hi I'm Rachel

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and love the rain, trees, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

About Me

I currently attend BYU, studying Food Science. I have always loved learning about the way the world works, and the sciences, and I also love food. I feel like Food Science is an application of this knowledge that has the capacity to touch so many lives for the better, and I want to be a part of that. I love skiing, hiking, running, boating, playing with my younger sisters, reading, and eating (I guess it's a good thing I'm in so many Food Science classes!).

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are devout members of this church, and I remember them carefully teaching me the doctrine from a very young age: reading the scriptures as a family, holding a family night with a scriptural lesson, taking me to church, and taking the opportunities to lovingly teach me right from wrong when I made mistakes. They never forced me to participate in church, or tell me I had to believe; that choice was my own to make. One year, my parents challenged me along with my older sisters to read the Book of Mormon on our own, and I gladly agreed to participate. As only a nine-year-old, I did not understand every word or story in the Book of Mormon, but I knew that it felt right when I read, that my heart told me the book was true. I have come to know that this church and its teachings are true, through relying on the Lord during my trials, scripture study, prayer, church attendance, and striving to follow the commandments at all times. It is for this reason I decided to serve a mission. I have been called to serve as a missionary in Ecuador, and I cannot wait to teach them of God's plan and His love for them. I have studied and come to love the Spanish language, and hope to bring joy to the lives of many. I am already starting to develop a love for the people of Ecuador! I know the church is true, and want to share that knowledge with the rest of the world, starting with my friends, and eventually those in Ecuador.

How I live my faith

At BYU, there are devotionals every week, which I love to attend to learn from others' faith and testimonies of Jesus Christ, and how I can improve myself to become more like him. I currently serve as a teacher to the other women in my ward, and have learned so much. I love to visit the local children's hospital on the weekends to play games and connect with the kids there. Those kids always make me feel special, and I'd like to think I help them feel the same way.