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Hi I'm Rachel Magnesen

I'm an artist, amateur musician, and NCAA Division I athlete. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I absolutely love to draw, especially people who are close to me! I started running toward the end of my Freshman year of high school after I didn't make the volleyball team, and loved it. I began working hard to do well in Cross Country and Track and came from one of the slowest on my team, to one of the fastest in my region. By my Senior year of high school, I had broken 3 (almost 4) school records and earned a scholarship for a NCAA D1 university. Besides running, I really enjoy volleyball, soccer, and being with my family and close friends. I am working towards a major in Sports Medicine, but am currently taking time away from school to serve the Lord in Atlanta, Georgia for 18 months.

Why I am a Mormon

As a little girl I grew up learning the basic gospel principles of the church and being taught what was considered to be "right" and "wrong". It wasn't until I began to make decisions for myself, however, that I began to gain a testimony of these principles for myself and was able to recognize the Holy Ghost in my life. I began to notice that when I did something good, I felt happy and warm inside and desired to do more good, and when I did something wrong, I felt the Holy Ghost's presence leave me and I felt sad and slightly empty (even when I didn't get caught). Later on, through my own life experiences, I obtained my own testimony of prayer, fasting, the blessings of tithing, reading my scriptures, the importance of forgiving others, repentance, priesthood, and prophets. There was a time in my life that I lost sight of all of those things and began to doubt my faith and I felt alone and depressed, I argued with my family all of the time, I didn't want to pray, and I started doing things I knew I shouldn't and I wanted to give up. One day, I finally fell to my knees and cried in desperation and defeat to my Heavenly Father and simply asked "Do you still love me?". As soon as the words left my mouth, I felt two arms wrap around me in a warm embrace. It was as if the Savior himself was holding me tightly and letting me know that I was still loved and I just sat there for several minutes and cried with relief. Since that day, I have never doubted this restored gospel.

How I live my faith

I attempt to live my life in a way that others would look at me and what I do, even when I think nobody is watching, and want to know what I'm really about. I strive to be like Christ as best as I can (as a far-from-perfect human being) and try to give my greatest effort in the church assignments I obtain in order to lighten the load and stress of those around me.