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Hi I'm Rachel

I grew up in Texas. I come from a BIG family. I love to dance. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family moved to Texas when I was 7, and my mom started homeschooling me and my, then three, younger siblings. Over the course of the next 12 years I completed my home schooled education, found out that I absolutely LOVE to sing, dance, and play the piano, attended a year of college, and got another 6 siblings. I also discovered that I enjoyed teaching piano, and I was able to run my own piano studio for about 5-6 years. Being the oldest of 9 was hard sometimes, and having a big family means lots of work and sacrifice. I had to learn how to balance work and school with helping out at home, and sometimes I was required to sacrifice things that I loved. But along with the hard times and challenges came the good times and lots of love and joy. I absolutely love my family and wouldn't trade any of them for anything.

Why I am a Mormon

I love this gospel. I grew up being taught by wonderful parents, going to church every sunday, and attending other church meetings. When I got older I was able to participate in other church programs such as early morning seminary (an early, EARLY, scripture study group for High School aged kids). My testimony grew so much as I met with my friends to study God's word in the Bible and Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants (revelations from the Lord to modern day prophets). When I left home for college I was given the choice of either continuing to develop my faith, or experimenting with other things. But because of the love, peace, and joy I had always felt in the church, it was never really a choice I had to make. I knew that I had felt the Lord's Spirit testify to me of my Heavenly Father's love for me. I knew that I had felt the Spirit testify to me of the truthfulness of His gospel as revealed to Joseph Smith. I believed that the Book of Mormon was (and is) true. I had acted on the invitation to read it and pray about wether it was true or not, and I received my answer. God witnessed to me through the Peace of His Spirit that it was true, and every time I open the Book of Mormon to read it again I receive that same witness. I received my witness from God, and in the words of Joseph Smith, "...I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it...". I am so grateful for this church and I love it with all my heart!

How I live my faith

Because I played the piano, I was asked to play the organ and piano in church meetings almost constantly. I loved that I was able to use that talent to bring quiet, peaceful music into the meetings. I also worked with my fellow young women to help them complete the Personal Progress program that the Church has to help young women develop into the women of virtue the Lord asks us to be. After I came home from college I was asked to teach one of the adult sunday school classes. I felt so inadequate and unqualified to teach adults about the gospel, but as I sought the Lord's help in teaching I felt Him support and comfort and enable me to teach.