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Hi I'm Rach

I'm an avid reader. An Olympic (style) weightlifter and soon-to-be graduate from the University of Waikato. I'm a Mormon (LDS).

About Me

I studied a Bachelor of Science, majoring in biology. Anticipating further study at some point in the near future - just trying to decide what. Throughout my life I have participated in sports; netball, cricket, hockey, judo, Olympic weightlifting and Brazilian juju jitsu. Although different, each has taught me more about myself and how to work in a team environment. Other than sports, I thoroughly enjoy reading. Favourites include the Riftwar Saga, the Narnia series and Harry Potter. Reading creates a movie within the mind - acted out with whomever you want (even yourself), and can provide a topic of conversation due to commonality of genre interest. It is also a great way to get some alone time without leaving the house.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although taught from a young age by my parents, when I entered my late teens - just as I was starting university, I started to wonder whether what I believed was because of those teachings or because I believed it for myself. Through the teachings of the Church, I had been encouraged to think and pray about what i had been taught. During this time of confusion, I did just that. I was expecting an answer to my prayers quickly, but this was not the case. Days turned into weeks which turned into months. Months of praying about the Gospel, about whether Jesus Christ really knew me and whether He was there for me as I had been lead to believe. Months of feeling lost and confused because of the experiences I was having at the same time. Even though it took a while, I did receive an answer. One night I went for a walk trying to clear my head from studying all day. The night sky was clear, the stars were out and beautiful. Feeling overwhelmed, I knelt on the sidewalk and asked Heavenly Father if He knew me and whether He and His Son cared about me. As the tears poured down my cheeks, I stood from the ground and gazed at the sky. As I looked, a shooting star flashed by overhead. Although fleeting, the impression I received was clear: 'I know exactly who you are. I am your Father. You already know the answer to your question. Jesus Christ is the Redeemer, He knows you. I know you, you are loved and cared for.' I continue to follow the teachings of the gospel because of the experiences that I have had testifying to me of the reality of God, the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I have read the Book of Mormon and each time I read and pray about it, I get an answer. It testifies of Jesus Christ. It is a companion to the Bible. I am a Mormon. I know it, I live it, I love it.

How I live my faith

Within the ward (parish) I attend, I am the librarian. This means providing resources such as printing handouts, pictures, chalk and duster sets, televisions and various books to loan to the members to enable their lessons to run more smoothly. In the past, I have been the secretary of the woman's organisation - which included coordinating the ladies in the ward for various activities within the community as well as the church. It also meant encouraging them to visit those that may be feeling lonely, unwell or needing a friend through visiting teaching; a programme wherein a pair of ladies, together regularly visit 3/4 others in the ward to ensure fellowship, friendship and support in day-to-day life.