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Hi I'm Rachel Koch

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

About Me

I'm currently a college student and I will be heading out on a full-time mission in a month. I love the outdoors. I grew up near the mountains and so the mountains are home to me; I'll always feel safe and free basically wherever I'm at if I'm surrounded by nature. I love country music and summer concerts and driving with the windows down. I grew up participating in sports but my true love is art; you could put me in an art museum and I would be entertained for hours just wandering in silence. I grew up in the church but I was pretty inactive and it wasn't until these last two years that I actually made an effort to find God and learn for myself what I believe and why. I truly believe that everyone is a convert in the church even when members grow up with the gospel in their family and/or community because you aren't just born believing; you have to work at it and ask questions and search for answers and really want to know and then through that process you learn for yourself why and that can take a lifetime.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I'm a Mormon. That's actually a pretty hard question to answer because there are so many reasons I could give that would explain why I have made the choice that I have to choose this gospel above all others, but I will stick with one for now -- this is the only gospel and church on this earth that believes that we can be with our friends and families forever and that concept is the very core of all of our teachings. I grew up with parents that had testimonies and wanted me and my siblings to attend church but they always gave us the option to still make that choice. From a very young age I could just tell that there was a lot of love every time I was around members and church leaders. There was just something so different and so real. It wasn't just some la-da-dee wallop, for everything that I learned there was legitimate doctrine to back it up. When I graduated I felt really lost. I felt like there was something inside of me missing. I was happy... but it felt very temperamental and when I'd get home from work by the end of the day I didn't feel whole and it didn't matter what I did there wasn't anything I could do to fill it. I worked hard and kept myself busy and I had great friends but it wasn't until I began to seek out God that I began to feel more content with who I was and where I was going in life. I couldn't wrap my head around that this life is all that there is. That these people I was coming to love and adore in my life that I'd never see them again after they passed away. I think it's natural from a worldly perspective to just kind of settle and only see things for what they are and not hope for the very best especially when it seems like the very best couldn't be real, but we actually can be with our families forever, we can repent for our sins and ask for help, we can receive personal revelation and know for ourselves that this is Jesus Christ's church. We are his children and we each have divine purpose and we are loved dearly. We can know God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending institute as often as I can, serving in my community through service projects both faith based and not, and attending church each week... but above anything else I set my eyes on our Lord and Savior's example and match my heart and my head with His teachings. Living your faith is a daily commitment. It's much more than just attending gospel functions, it's a life choice day in and day out with your relations with others, yourself, and our Heavenly Father. I follow my heart and listen closely to the promptings that I receive through the Holy Ghost, reading my scriptures, and praying to my Father in Heaven.