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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm an Occupational Therapy student, a newlywed, a sister, and a Michigander. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently got married in June 2013. My husband is a Food Science major and hoping to get into medical school in a year or so. I am applying for the Occupational Therapy Program at a school an hour and a half away this spring. From the time we started dating we've never had a dull moment. We knew each other for a year before we started officially dating. In the summer of 2012 things were finally on a roll, but then my mother was diagnosed with stage four oral cancer. About six months later she passed away, and five months after that I was married ( a whirlwind of emotions and occasions). I am the oldest of three, I have a sixteen year old sister, and a seven year old brother. My husband recently taught me how to snowboard, and I LOVE it! I'm hoping to improve in the coming winter seasons. My family is a musical group, everyone has an instrument, so naturally I love music! I love the Great Lakes and any body of water! I love camping with my family in beautiful Northern Michigan, and with the help of my husband I am acquiring skills for water sports as well! Last but not least I LOVE being a Mormon! :)

Why I am a Mormon

My wonderful parents raised me in the church, and my faith in Christ grew because of theirs. Through my life, though, I've wanted to find out for myself if this gospel is true. And now, I know it is. Before my mother's passing it just made sense and it simply made me happy, but now I couldn't live without it. She was my best friend and the kindest woman I know, every day without her is very hard, but I can be truly happy again knowing I will be able to be with her again. On those really hard days I simply say a pray to my Heavenly Father and He reminds me everything will be okay. My mother taught me how important relying on Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is. I also love hearing from modern day prophets, who seem to be speaking directly to me at times, if I listen hard enough. I know that I can be with my family forever because of the Temples on this earth and by listen to the words in the Book of Mormon and of the Prophets.

How I live my faith

I eat, breath, and live it. How else would you do something that has made you who you are? Every Sunday I get the fun experience of working with the Nursery Children (18mo-3yrs) with my husband. We love it! They have the sweetest little spirits and we learn so much from them. And even though it's only the two of us in our home we are trying to build a strong foundation and a Christ centered home. We both love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and hope to teach the 13+ little ones in our congregation (and our own little ones someday) to love it as well! It's amazing how much they already know, they all love Jesus and can point Him out in any picture. And they all love to pray, it's the cutest thing! I know Heavenly Father and Jesus truly love the little ones.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Heavenly Father has given us these magnificent bodies, they are His greatest gift to us. The Word of Wisdom talks about how we should try to keep our physical and spiritual bodies clean. Some main things God has told us to not use are tobacco, alcohol, coffee and tea, and illegal drugs. Being an Occupational Therapy student I've taken a few anatomy and physiology classes and the more I learn the more I realize that the body is a very complex thing and we are discovering things about it every day. If Heavenly Father made our bodies He knows the best ways to keep it in tip-top shape. God promises if we keep the Word of Wisdom we will be blessed, both spiritually and physically. Show more Show less