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Hi I'm Rachel

I work for a Bay Area media company in California and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the Bay Area in California. I have two older sisters and my parents raised our family in the Latter-day Saint faith. I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible, particularly playing soccer, tennis, running, and hiking in the beautiful mountains that surround me. Music is another passion, as I listen to it and play the drums, guitar and sing as much as I can. I studied journalism in college and after receiving my degree, I moved back to California to continue my pursuit of journalism and online media.

Why I am a Mormon

I was exposed to the church at very young age, as both my parents have been active members of the church their entire lives. One of my favorite things about the church is that I was able to learn and realize for myself if it was true or not, through the power of the Holy Ghost. When I turned eight years old, I was given the option to be baptized if I knew the church was true. Based off of my time at church, the lessons I learned from my parents and teachers, and praying to Heavenly Father, I developed a testimony of the truth of the gospel. Ever since that day, I have been blessed to have the Holy Ghost with me to guide me throughout my every day choices and experiences. I am a Mormon because I have received a confirmation for myself that it is true. Time and time again I receive tender mercy's and blessings from Heavenly Father in my life. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has opened opportunities and given me the greatest happiness in my life. Yes this church requires work, but the blessings and love received are worth the faith and dedication to my Savior Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. I am truly indebted to my Savior for his eternal sacrifice for me and all mankind.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day. I pray morning and night, asking for strength and guidance to serve those around me and follow the spirit in doing so. In the workplace and community I look for ways to help those in need, whether it be big or small. Every person I see is a child of God, and should be reminded that on a daily basis through kind acts of the people that surround them. I teach Sunday School to eight and nine year old children every Sunday and spend each week preparing to teach them about their Savior Jesus Christ. Watching and interacting with them every week, I see excitement in their eyes as they learn about Jesus Christ and the true example he is for all of us.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

We believe God to be kind, loving and full of charity towards his children. He is patient and wants to bless us if we are humble and willing to accept our faults. I have found that whenever I make a mistake, Heavenly Father only wants to see me succeed, and always provides the love and comfort I need to correct my mistakes. This is always a humbling experience, and time and time again shows me that God knows me as an individual.  Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

If you are on this website and are not a member of the Mormon church you are already in the right direction! Mormon.org is a great resource for many of the questions people have about the church, it's doctrine and lifestyle. If you are interested further or have more questions, there are three great resources 1 Reach out to any of your Latter-day Saint friends - they are more than willing and exciting to share their faith with you. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the happiest part of my life, I want to share that with others and I know your Latter-day Saint friends feel the same. 2 The Missionaries - there are missionaries serving in the area you live and spend their days looking for people with questions. You can find the missionaries in your community at http//mormon.org/missionaries 3 Come to church - we openly welcome visitors during our Sunday services. You can find what time services take place where you live at http//mormon.org/worship  Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Modesty and chastity are a vital part of a teen and young adults life. The body is a sacred gift from Heavenly Father, it is one reason why we are on this Earth. I have found by dressing modestly and being sexually clean until marriage, that I am respecting the gift God gave me. Being modest in language and behavior is another sign of respect and love to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. It also shows a level of maturity and respect for our fellow man. If a parent is trying to instill these attributes in your child, it is not easy, but something that is worth the continued efforts and love. Your child will be grateful in the long run. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Mormons pay 10 percent of our income to the church, this is known as tithing. Tithing is a powerful resource for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as it helps those in need and for the overall growth of the church. Tithing goes towards education, church buildings and temples, the missionary fund and many other important funds in the church.  Show more Show less