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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a Missionary. I'm bisexual. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

While attending BYU I decided to accept something about myself that I'd been denying for years: I'm attracted to women. This came with a ton of questions and doubts that I wasn't prepared to deal with, and my faith in this gospel kind of spiraled. Regardless of that I decided to go on a mission, because I knew the core values of the church are true, and I wanted to spread it's good message. Although it's been hard thrusting myself into an environment where very few people are aware of how complicated lgbt+ issues can be, I know this is where my Heavenly Father wants me, and I know that I can live my best life by following the counsel of our modern day prophets and apostles.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this is God's true and fully restored church on the Earth. I was raised in the church, but I stayed because I've found my own testimony. I'm not going to lie; I struggled a lot with the church's stance on some issues, but after a long time of pondering and praying, I have started to be at more peace with things as they are. I do believe that the leaders of our church are directed by God, and their commands are His commands. Although not everything He asks us to do always makes sense, it is His will and I choose to follow Him. I am a Mormon because I know without a shadow of a doubt that my Heavenly Father loves me and wants what's best for me, and that this church is the best way to get back to Him.

How I live my faith

I try to approach difficult questions about life with the understanding that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us and has a plan for us.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

We believe that baptism under the proper authority is an essential ordinance that needs to be done in order to fully achieve salvation. There are many people who die before they have an opportunity to be baptized, so we perform baptisms in their name in our temples. In doing so we offer blessings to them. We believe that those in the next life who have baptisms performed for them are then given the opportunity to accept or decline the ordinances and blessing done in their behalf. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is belief and trust in someone or something. It is belief, sometimes, when knowledge falls short. When we do not know a reason or an outcome, all we can do is have faith that it is right, or that everything will be alright. I have faith in God. I trust that he has a plan, and I believe that knows me and knows what's best for me. Even when it's tough, or when the rest of the world seems to be telling me to take a different path, I trust that following the word of God and his prophets will bring the best outcome. That's faith to me. Show more Show less