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Hi I'm Rachel Emily

I grew up moving all over the U.S.A.. I play viola, love working in ceramics and reading just about any book. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I attended a semester at BYUI after flying half-way across the country to attend a different school and realizing that my first choice was not the right school for me. I love to read, watch netflix, play games, and make pottery when I have the opportunity. My favorite holidays are Christmas, Halloween, and Independence Day (not necessarily in the order). I love to spend time with my friends, go on dates, and find adventures. I have an older sister, and three younger brothers. My parents were divorced when I was 14 so the two youngest of my brothers are technically my half brothers and look nothing like me. Overall, my family is pretty wacky, but most families are. We still love to play games together, watch movies, have pizza on Fridays, and just about every other random tradition you can think of. My life has not been perfect but I am who I am because of it all, and I am grateful for that.

Why I am a Mormon

I was originally a Mormon because I was born into this church. However, as previously stated, when my parents announced the divorce, I started to question a lot of the teachings of the church. The one thing I always knew was the my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ loved me personally and knew my struggles. I held onto that knowledge as tightly as I could and continued to read the Book of Mormon because I felt closer to Him when I read it. Little by little, I grew my own faith that this church is true and that I am a Daughter of God.

How I live my faith

I currently work with the small children of our church community. From about 18 months old to just under 4, the children come to what we call Nursery and we mostly make sure that they don't injure one another while their parents attend other classes. Nursery is wonderful though because the kids are so eager to learn about Christ and His teachings. I also go to the Young Single Adults (YSA) group because they have activities with more people my own age. I love to go visiting teaching to the other women of our congregation because when you can meet with them in their own house or a place that is more familiar to her, it becomes easier to see them as God sees her, and easier to love her, reach out to her, and become her friend.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Rachel Emily
As a young girl, my family was often the recipient of the Church welfare program. Though I did not fully understand, I knew that it wasn't normal. However, when I asked why we got food and clothes from a different place, the answer my mom gave was beautiful and still applies. "Right now, we cannot afford all of the things we need and so the church is helping us. One day, when we have worked hard enough and can pay it back, we will so that other families can have food in their bellies, clothes on their backs, and a roof over their head." The welfare program is there for those who need it, and has been a huge blessing in my life and many others. Now, as I pay if forward, I think of other little kids who will get to eat, and have clothes, and a home, even though their parents may have been laid off or in an accident or any other myriad of reasons. Show more Show less