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Hi I'm Rachael

I was born and raised in the suburbs. And married into a farm family. I'm enjoying life one beautiful day at a time. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a household of 4 boys, leaving me as the only girl. My mom helped raise all us rambunctious kids while my dad pursued his career as a nurse anesthetist. My family wasn't the kind that settled. With my dad's work and continuing education, we moved from state to state. My childhood and adolescent days are gone now, and I'm left with beautiful memories that my crazy family had made. My parents helped me see a perfect balance of family, home, and work, and I have been blessed with finding a husband that values all of these. My husband helps manage his family farm, which leaves him working long hours, with limited relaxation time. It is my job to make our home a place to unwind, to relieve him from the stresses that work brings, and to help him feel loved and appreciated. There are days where my job is a piece of cake, and there are days where it's a huge struggle as I've been wrestling against daily depression and PTSD. However, I am extremely blessed to have the love and support that my husband and family give so freely. Something else about me, I have one more year away from optioning my bachelors in science. I am still unsure of what I want to do afterwards, but I have hope that an opportunity will present itself when the time comes. I am very much looking forward to being a mother in the future, and I'm doing my best to prepare myself mentally and physically for that next step in my husband and I's life.

Why I am a Mormon

It seems that there have been several different stages in my life in regards to how spiritual I was. There was a long period of my life where I lived in innocence and was naive to the impurities of the world. Then my life did a complete u-turn as I started spending time with the wrong peers and doing things that I shouldn't have. This point of my life, I felt excused from my behaviors and distanced myself from what I previously knew to be true. I was soon to be hit with a wall of regret and remorse, and felt like all hope was lost for me. I knew that Satan had a hold of me, and I could no longer live another minute of the internal pain that he was holding me by. As I attended sacrament meetings and seminary, I no later received several reminders of the Atonement of the Savior and His unfailing love for me. I felt an undeniable need and urge to change my life, and it had to be "right now". The repentance process was slow, but the process of turning my prideful, guilt drenched, and sorrowful heart to one filled with peace, and love, and commitment was the biggest miracle I would encounter. Even though I lost my friends along the way, I could now live in a way that did not create more guilt, regret, and doubt. I felt my Savior walking beside me in those high school halls, sitting next to me in the empty passenger seat driving home. I had realized my greatest friend of all was Him. Today, I still feel this is true. Although I have amazing friends to spend time with, I know that Christ will never leave me feeling lost or alone. He IS my Comforter, my Redeemer, my Song, my eternal Savior. I love Him with all my heart, and I know that He is there for you too. He is knocking on your door waiting for you to let Him in. I promise you that His yoke is "easier" and "lighter".

How I live my faith

I live my faith by making our home a center of love, patience, and reflection of Christ and His attributes. I am attending BYU-Idaho, which is called often times "The Lord's University". As a student there, I have agreed to live a lifestyle that represents an example and follower of Christ. This includes modest dress, service and respect to others, clean language, and seeking after things that are virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy. This does not mean you have to be perfect, but it simply requires full commitment and action. As members, we do our best to act instead of being acted upon. It is line upon line, precept upon precept that causes a change within our heart. I will continue to live by this concept daily until I will one day become like my Heavenly Father and my Savior.