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Hi I'm Rachelle

I'm a Texan that likes to see the beauty in the world as well as add to it. Eventually, I'll teach physics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest child of four kids, and I grew up in the beautiful suburbs of Spring, Texas. As a kid, I loved to ride my bike, build forts with my friends, and catch small animals like lizards and toads. At the age of 8, I started learning to play the piano, and hundreds of hours of practice later, I was accepted into the Piano Performance Program at BYU. Unfortunately, I would discover 2 1/2 years in that I didn't, in fact want to be a performer--it drives me nuts to stay alone in a practice room for five hours a day--but rather, I wanted to be a physics teacher. I'm currently working on my Physics Teaching major as a result. If I could pursue my true dream though, I would be a successful novelist. I feel like I have a talent for seeing the beauty in the world and in people, and I love to share my joy in that beauty with other people.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because God commands us to serve Him with all our "might, mind, and strength". To me, this says that my entire soul should be devoted to Him. This is the only Church where I have found that my mind, heart, and soul can all feel at peace; everywhere else that I've looked for truth, my soul hasn't felt unified enough to serve God in the way that He commands me to. And in that unification with myself, I find true peace and joy. My LDS faith has also helped understand just how much Christ can help me. I'm currently working through PTSD from some bad relationships, and through all of the pain, I've learned that Christ will always support me. I also appreciate that my religion helps me understand why bad things happen to good people; God is more concerned that I grow and become a better person than He is about my comfort, which is why He gives me hard things to overcome. For example, I'm working through PTSD right now, and Christ has been a true strength to me as I've learned wonderful things. In short, I'm Mormon because this religion brings my peace, joy, understanding, progression, and closer to my Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to serve God as best I can. I participate in church by attending church meetings every Sunday for three hours, taking care of members of the congregation (I'm responsible for the welfare of the women), and playing for piano for musical numbers. But my faith extends to more than just church; it influences my entire life. Everyday, I try to give something to Jesus Christ, whether it is an act of service or a grudge that I should let go. I share my experiences on a blog called "Gifts to Christ", because I believe that we should all work together to progress towards Heavenly Father. I also try to read scriptures and pray ever day so that I can be close to God. I even try to change my perceptions. Whenever life gives me a difficult trial, I choose to focus on the good things that I'm learning from my experiences rather than how hard life is. I also try to see the beauty in everyone and everything, because though God is omniscient and omnipotent, I'm sure that He still appreciates my gratitude for His creations.