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Hi I'm Rach

I love languages. I love fruit. I love photography. I love nature. I love my Savior Jesus Christ.

About Me

I'm from New Zealand. I grew up in various countries and places around the world, and hope to have many more wonderful world adventures lined up. I LOVE photography! Especially beautiful nature scenery and close ups of people and things like that tiny rain drop on a leaf, or the bee buzzing on a flower petal... I love my family. It's great doing family history too! I LOVE sports, especially basketball and dancing. The outdoors are awesome too... I grew up going hiking a lot with my Dad who would often take us up the hills or down to the river. Hawaiian hikes are pretty neat too... good times  I know that as we put our trust and hand in the hand of the Lord, that He will make us equal to every challenge that comes to us throughout life, that we can turn them around and use them for greater things in the kingdom of God.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I want to be! Also... Because I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church on the entire face of this planet that has the complete Gospel truths AND the authority from God to utilize those truths to bless people's lives now and forever. You can know too if you will humbly and openly ask God yourself

How I live my faith

Faith is like a little seed, if planted, it will grow! How do I live my faith? As best I can. I feel like I make mistakes and mess up all the time, but I do try to be good. To follow Christ, to be like Him... I can definitely say I try. Every day. I want to be like Him because He is very kind to me and everyone I know, and I want to be that type of person too. I'm grateful for Christ's good example I want to be a good example too "One of the greatest blessings of life and eternity is to be counted as one of the devoted disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ." -James E. Faust This is important to me. Is it important to you?

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Rach
Jesus Christ. It's true. He is the one that we follow. He is the one who set up this Church in the olden days (when He was on earth) and more recently, He is the one who restored it to the earth again through a prophet (which He chose) named Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Rach
These are the names of units in the Church, a.k.a. the way the Church is set up/organized. Branch= smallest unit; Ward= more people, so too big to be a branch; Stake= a group of wards/branches. Each unit has leaders. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Rach
No. It's definitely on the "highly recommended" list though, because it's a great thing to do, and for the young men it's basically a commandment (unless they have legit reasons why they CAN'T). I served a mission, and am so grateful that I did and I recognize the opportunity I had to serve the Lord full-time as a blessing. Wow, did I learn and grow a lot! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Rach
We believe in a beautiful plan called the Plan of Happiness, or the Plan of Salvation. We believe that we are literally spirit children of God. We lived with Him before we came to Earth. We came here to get a physical body, to learn and to grow and overcome challenges and develop more faith in Jesus Christ. After this life we can return to live with God again= our loving Heavenly Father. Of course He won't force us to choose the right and follow Jesus, but as we do so, we will be blessed beyond our wildest dreams, and we will be happy. Truly happy. AND, if we humbly, consistently, obediently follow the example and teachings and covenants of Jesus Christ in this life, then after we die we will eventually be able to return to be with our family and loved ones again, and be with God too, and we will be happy FOREVER. :) Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Rach
Because everyone who desires to follow God must also follow His step of baptism. Being baptized is part of a very important covenant or commitment that we make with God to keep His commandments and follow Him at all times, in all things, in all places... Baptism is ONLY valid when done with the true authority and power from God. We believe that power/authority can only be found in this Church (Christ Himself established this Church). I personally know this is true, and you can too if you will just humble yourself and ask God in all humility and sincerity, "Is this true? Is this important? Or isn't it?" I know He will let you know; He never leads us astray. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Rach
What is grace? "Grace is the help or strength given through the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ." We CAN'T be saved on grace alone. We CAN'T be saved by good works alone either. The TWO complement each other and by BOTH we can be saved. You should check these scriptures out: Acts 15:11 (Bible) Romans 5:2 (Bible) 2 Nephi 10:24; 11:5 (Book of Mormon) Also a great talk on the subject= Gerald N. Lund, "Salvation: By Grace or by Works?", Ensign, Apr. 1981, 17 http://lds.org/ensign/1981/04/salvation-by-grace-or-by-works?lang=eng Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Rach
It is basically used to build the kingdom of God, in many ways, such as helping the poor, building sacred Temples and places of worship, etc. We consider it sacred money and recognize that many personal sacrifices are often made in order to be faithful in keeping this commandment (paying tithing) but it's definitely worth it. I KNOW. I've tried and continue to faithfully live this commandment, and know that God has blessed me significantly for it... So MANY blessings that there's not even room enough to receive them all:) "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings... Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Malachi 3:8 &10, the Bible) Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Rach
Because it is. Why does a policeman need authority to give someone a speeding ticket, or why does a bank owner need authority to access the secure accounts of the bank? Because without the proper authority, those people do not have the right to perform those acts... Even if they tried, no one would listen to them; their commands would not be valid. It's the same with baptism; baptism is a Holy ordinance of God, so when it's done without His authority, it's not valid. However, when performed WITH the proper authority, it's a beautiful covenant and ordinance that we make with God which will bless us forever. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Rach
The Church leaders are called of God, and they don't need money to serve Him, nor should they expect it. The Lord blesses them in other ways. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Rach
President Thomas S. Monson. He has been called and chosen by God. I know this is true. You can too if you will ask God about it (humbly and sincerely:) Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Rach
I guess because God commanded it at the time. To be honest, I don't fully understand this practice/commandment, or how it could be of God, BUT I do know that this Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is truly led by God, and I know that there HAVE been times when God has commanded people to practice this (e.g. Abraham in the Bible, Joseph Smith a modern day prophet) So I just trust that God only wants what's best for us, even if we don't fully understand or see it at the time, and obedience to His commandments brings true joy and peace (in ways the world doesn't understand). You should pray about it :) By the way, we do NOT practice plural marriage now; it is contrary to what God commands right now. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Rach
The Atonement of Christ, what a beautiful thing, SOO necessary. I know it, even though I don't fully understand it, nor do I know how to fully explain it. You can ask God yourself this question. Be sincere, and patient, I promise He will help you understand better. That's what He's done for me, and many other people too. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Rach
Jesus Christ does. Yep, makes sense right? I mean, after all He IS the head of this Church, so it's only fitting that HE gets to choose the leaders who help direct it. We just choose whether we will follow His direction or not. Granted, He (Jesus Christ) is perfect, and we (including chosen prophets) are not... but meh, we do our best, and God is loving and forgiving and oh so patient with us. :) Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Rach
Making and keeping sacred covenants (promises) with the Lord, and it is a place we reach for heaven, as it is a place we can feel God's presence very near us, and be inspired and uplifted and strengthened to go forward with goodness and faith in this life. I appreciate the Temples of God so much. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Rach
The Godhead= God the Father, His perfect Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Heavenly Father and Jesus have their own bodies, the Holy Ghost does not. We are children of a loving Heavenly Father. God's nature is loving and just and kind. Everything that is/seems wrong in this world can and will be made right, and as we do our best to live good lives, and follow Christ, eventually all our loses WILL be made up. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Rach
We are taught to dress modestly and cleanly. I like that. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Rach
1st, have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ 2nd, repentance 3rd baptism by immersion for the remission of your sins 4th receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (And, even as a member= 5th: endure to the end, the best you can, in righteousness and following Jesus) Show more Show less