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Hi I'm Rachel

I grew up in Sandy, Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently attending the University of Utah. I am double majoring in Elementary Education and International Studies with a minor in piano performance. My dream is to start my own school, where children will be able to openly share their opinions and beliefs on any subject with no judgements from anyone. Everyone is different, we should love the differences, not put them down. I think some very important elements of education have been lost in recent years from our public school system, and I want to bring those back. I have played the piano, violin, danced, and sang in various choirs and show choirs my entire life. Music and the arts are my favorite thing in the world. I love being able to express myself through music. I believe that music can reach people in ways that nothing else can. It truly comes from the soul and it unites people from all around the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my entire life. I remember going to primary and hearing stories of the great prophets from the scriptures and I loved always having my favorite scripture hero. I loved the feeling of love and unity I felt at church every week. Everyone in our ward came from different backgrounds, some were rich and some were poor, some were outdoorsy while others wouldn't step a foot onto a campground; but at church every week, we were all there for the same reason. We loved God. We knew that Christ was our Redeemer and that He suffered and died for us. My family traveled a lot and we would go to church all around the country. There is so much diversity in the church. That to me, is amazing. To know that no matter what background you have, no matter what you have done or what path you are taking currently, that we can all be united in a greater cause. Christ unites us all. I have been to over 35 states and 10 countries and no matter where you go, the church is the same. Sure, there are some cultural differences in the way things are done, but the doctrine is the same. I love that. I was 13 years old when I discovered for myself that God really does love me and all of His wonderful children. I realized that He truly does hear and answer each of our prayers. Jesus Christ knows exactly what we are going through because He really did suffer and die for each and every one of us so that we can return to live with Him and Heavenly Father again, because He loves us. I know this is true, and I can never deny that. I have chosen to serve a mission because the gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed my life in more ways than I can imagine. It has given hope when I had none, it has shown me no matter where I am in life, no matter what I have done, if I have no where to turn, I can always turn to our loving Heavenly Father. The gospel does not limit us, it makes greater than we could ever imagine. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Growing up, I always served as a youth leader. I would help prepare activities for other young women and young men to get to know each other better and come to know our Savior better. In recent years, I have been serving as the pianist for our ward choir. I love studying the hymns. Hymns can bring knowledge and love to people easier than anything else. Music brings the spirit into any room faster than anything else and the beautiful words in the hymns teach us of our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ. There is something special about the hymns in our church. I have also been attending institute for the last two years. I have been a part of the choir and that has blessed my life in ways I can't express. Institute is a way for young adults to make friends, socialize and learn more about our beliefs in a fun and spiritual setting. It helps us remember the Savior when life gets busy. College can be very stressful at times and is hard for everyone, but institute helps us take a break from our busy and stressful lives and be grateful for all Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have done for us. It is good for members and nonmembers alike.