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Hi I'm Raquel Douglas

I have lived in Utah all my life, and I will be leaving for 18 months to serve God's children in Pennsylvania!

About Me

Hello my name is Raquel and I'm from Utah. I love being active and playing sports such as Lacrosse and exploring out in nature. I have the wonderful opportunity of living close to the canyon and go there often with friends and family to enjoy God's beautiful creations. I have completed a year of college and plan to continue my education after getting home from my mission in Pennsylvania. I am currently studying nursing with a minor in deaf studies, and hope to become a certified nurse and sign language interpreter. I love getting to know new people and have fun! I love traveling and have been blessed to visit some beautiful places like, Paris and London. I'm a Harry Potter fanatic and can basically answer any question you have about it. I love art and creating and I can often be found doing both in my spare time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and I was baptized when I was eight. I knew it was a good thing and I always liked church growing up but I didn't have my own testimony until I was 11 or 12. My first year of girls camp my camp director wanted our camp to feel as though the Savior himself would always feel welcome and conferrable there. I remember feeling the spirit of the Holy Ghost, the strongest I had ever felt it, bare witness to me that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me while I was there. I then grew to know of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon as I read through it for the first time on my own with I was 16. I had finished reading it at a youth camp called Especially For Youth (EFY), I took the time to follow Moroni's challenge at the the end of the book to sincerely pray and ask if the Book of Mormon was true. After praying I had a feeling of peace overcome me and then throughout the rest of the day the whole focus was on the Book of Mormon. It was so amazing to listen to the testimony in Elder Holland's video on the Mormon Channel bare witness of the truthfulness of the book, and in that moment I was overcome with the spirit and I knew that the Book of Mormon was true. Because I know the Book of Mormon is true I now know that the prophet Joseph Smith was guided and instructed by our Heavenly Father to organize The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here upon this earth. I know that the priesthood was also put back on the earth at that time so that we can have all of the blessings Heavenly Father has to offer us. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the true and living prophet today and he guides and directs our church through revelation given to him by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ the redeemer of all and He atoned for sins of the world and has made it possible for me (and you) to return to my Heavenly Father some day. I love Him and His gospel and I know it's true with all my heart.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by accepting my church callings from my bishop and have had the opportunity to serve as a visiting teacher. It is an incredible blessing to be able to form friendships within my ward with people I wouldn't normally have the chance to get to know. I've been a visiting teaching supervisor and this has taught me to be accountable for the work I am asked to do that helps our ward and church become closer and more united. I know that as I serve in my callings in the church that I can be blessed in unimaginable ways. I have been called on a mission for the LDS church to serve as a representative of Jesus Christ to the people in Pennsylvania. I'm so excited to teach God's children of the love their Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for them!

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Raquel Douglas
Baptism is one of the saving ordinances that we perform in our church. It is an outward expression of an inward commitment that is done by someone holding the proper priesthood authority as done by Jesus Christ himself while he was here on this earth. In getting baptized we are forgiven of all of our sins and made clean again. We are then confirmed by the priesthood and given the gift of the Holy Ghost. In a time that is so confusing and sometimes scary it is so important to have this constant companionship of the Holy Ghost with us so we can withstand temptation and find true peace in times of termoil and heartache. Show more Show less