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Hi I'm Rachel

I am happy. I enjoy doing anything outdoors and being active. I love my family. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have two wonderful parents who have raised five children; three boys and two girls. I was born in Logan Utah and lived there for five years until my family and I moved to the beautiful Vancouver, Washington. I've grown up doing things outside - in Heavenly Father's beautiful creations. I love adventure. I enjoy backpacking, camping, hiking, fishing, wake-boarding, tubing, spending time at the beach, looking at the stars, running, biking and just simply being outside. I also grew up in a family where we played lots of sports; basketball, football, soccer, track and volleyball. Volleyball is awesome; I played outside hitter and left back. Track is hard, but still equally just as awesome. I was a sprinter, hurdler and jumper. I also love to water-color and do calligraphy. I play the piano, however I am not super great at it, but it's nice to be able to play a couple songs. I attended college from January to July of 2015. I received my mission call to the Philippines Cebu Mission, speaking Cebuano, where I will serve for eighteen months. I am so excited to share with others what brings me the most happiness and joy in my life - the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am so thankful for this Gospel, I know it is true. I never had a huge revelation, but when I live it I can feel the spirit testify to me that what I am doing is right - I just feel good inside. I know the Book of Mormon is true, it is the foundation of my testimony. Throughout high school I got into the habit of reading it every day; it was my reading of the Book of Mormon that helped me overcome temptations and trials, big or small. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that he saw God and Jesus Christ. I know that Heavenly Father answers prayers and that He loves me. I know that I am His daughter. That knowledge has helped me out so much in my life. Since I know I am His daughter, I want to act like a daughter of God would act, and I want to make my Father proud. I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for each of His children and that that plan is perfect. It is full of happy times as well as tough ones, but through all of it He is there to help us. I know that the atonement is real and that it has the power to change us. Christ has felt all of the heartache, pain and guilt I've felt in my life - and because he has felt that, only he knows how to perfectly comfort and strengthen me. He knows what I need to become better and to change. That is the essence of the Gospel; that we can always repent and, "come unto Christ” (Moroni 10:32), no matter our stage in life or how far off the path we think we are. That is why I am a Mormon; because even though I continue to fall short and make mistakes, I know that I can keep on repenting, keep on trying and keep on becoming more of the person I want to become and more of the person Heavenly Father wants me to become.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is one of the most fun things to do, honestly. Why? Because it brings with it the most happiness, joy and peace that I have ever felt. My favorite way of doing this is simply by serving others. We are all God's children and He loves each of us more than we know. When we serve others, we are serving God too. I love finding different ways to serve Gods children and to meet their needs. I also got to teach at Church on Sunday, which is something I enjoyed. I've taught four and five year olds as well as college students. Aside from teaching on Sundays, I also get to go visiting teaching - my teaching companion and I go and visit a couple other ladies in our ward. I also find joy in loving people. We come to love others by getting to know who they are and seeing them as God would. When we see them through Heavenly Fathers eyes, we only see the good. He sees us not for who we are now, but for who we are capable of becoming. We are all just walking each other home and there is no better way than by serving and loving one another through the good times and the bad. I have seen that my personal relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is strengthened when I live my faith this way.