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Hi I'm Rachel

About Me

I am the middle child of five. My dad died of cancer when I was twelve, so I grew up with a single mom. I am a college graduate and a licensed Social Worker. I have been happily married for ten years and have four beautiful children. I love being a mother. I also love to talk and laugh with friends, read, and work out. Most importantly, I love being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, but that doesn't mean I didn't make the choice to stay a Mormon. I am a Mormon because there is nothing that brings more hope, peace, and happiness to my life.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day. I do my best to be honest in everything I do. My family studies the scriptures and prays together every morning. I do my best to treat others the way my Father in Heaven would want me to treat them- with kindness and respect. In the church I work with the young children, aged 18 months - 11 years old. I organize two activities per year for about one hundred 8 - 11 year old girls. Last year we made blankets, tutu's, and hair bows to donate to a local Woman's Shelter. This year we are going to learn dances from many different cultures. I also look after four women who attend church with me and make sure their needs are met and that they are healthy, happy, and feeling the love of their Father in Heaven.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Rachel
Mormon missionaries will come into your home and teach you the beliefs of our church. They will tell you the story of Joseph Smith, and how, through the power of God, he restored the church to the earth. They will answer questions you have about the purpose of life, the nature of God, and give you ideas to help strengthen your home and family. They will pray with you and leave a peaceful feeling after they go. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Rachel
The Mormon church functions on the volunteer service of its members. We serve in the church as leaders and teachers and we believe that those assignments come from our Heavenly Father. We serve in the church out of pure love. We love the Gospel, we love God, and we love our Savior. Through this service we better ourselves and hopefully, lift those around us as well. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Rachel
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. We do love and respect Joseph Smith for the amazing things he accomplished during his life time. He was an amazing man who sacrificed all he had for the truth of the Gospel. We rejoice in the truths he was able to bring to the earth, through revelation from our Heavenly Father, and we honor his name, but we do not worship him. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Rachel
Husbands and wives should work together to provide for their family. They need to be equal partners in meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their children. The main duty of the husband is to work and provide for the physical needs of his family. He is also the leader of the family. The role of the wife is to nurture and care for her children. Show more Show less

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

Rachel
In order to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one must be baptized, by immersion, by one who holds the proper authority to do so. Before this baptism takes place, however, one must have faith in God and in son, Jesus Christ, and repent of their wrongs. For children born into Mormon homes, they are baptized at the age of eight. For those who are older than eight, the Mormon missionaries will come and teach them about the church. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Rachel
The prophet is chosen by God. As we read in the Bible, God's house is a house of order, and so an orderly way has been revealed as to how a new prophet is chosen when the current prophet dies. The senior leader of our church is next in line to become the prophet. We believe that God's hand guides these men into that position over the course of their lives. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Rachel
Jesus Christ is the son of God. He was sent here to earth to teach us how to return to live with our Father in Heaven again someday. We believe he led a perfect life, suffered for the individual sins and heartache of every person who lived, or ever will live, on this earth, was crucified and died, and was then resurrected three days later. We believe that Jesus Christ lives today and continues to love us and take personal interest in our lives and our world. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Rachel
We believe that our church has a lot of wonderful things to share with the world. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to hear these things and choose for themselves to believe or not. We feel a great responsibility to share our joy with those around us and to help them find peace in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Rachel
Absolutely. "Mormon" is only a nick-name for our church. The real name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Savior is the head of the church. We believe in Him, we worship Him, we love Him. We know He is our Redeemer and that through Him we can repent and return to live with our Father in Heaven again. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Rachel
Mormon women are amazing. They are active in their homes, their church, and their community, working hard to better the world around them. Not only do Mormons believe in the equality of men and women, women are held in high esteem. One of our leaders is quoted as saying that "Woman is God's supreme creation." Men and women have different duties in this life, but neither duty is above the other. They are equal in importance and they work in harmony with one another. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Rachel
A mission is not a required thing. It is a voluntary service to the Lord. The church would like all worthy young men to serve a mission, but it is completely their choice whether or not they go. Young women are not required to serve missions, but can go when they are 21, if they so desire. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Rachel
Mormon is a nick name for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That nick name came from our book of scripture, The Book of Mormon. We believe Mormon was an ancient prophet here in the Americas. But, really, the Mormons are your neighbors, your co-workers, and your friends. We are normal people, living normal lives, striving to be the best we can be, and to feel the love of the Savior in our day to day lives. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Rachel
Our prophet today is a wonderful man named Thomas S. Monson. He speaks with the power and authority from our Heavenly Father and guides our church. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Rachel
Yes. I do believe we have a living prophet today. I do not believe that God would pay so much attention to His people in Biblical times, only to abandon them and leave them to their own devices in our day. I believe in a loving, interested Heavenly Father, who has a plan for us. I believe that He gives the authority to one man to speak to us in His behalf. I am so thankful for a living prophet. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Rachel
The Book of Mormon is a companion scripture to the Bible. It is an ancient record of the people who lived in the Americas before and after the time of Christ. It is a testament of the love our Savior has for each one of his children, all over the world. Just as the people in the Bible were taught of Christ, so were the people on the other side of the world. The Book of Mormon is that record. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Rachel
The Church does not endorse political parties. Our members come from all walks of life, from differing backgrounds and beliefs, and they are free to make political decisions as they see fit. We are a world wide church and do not align ourselves with the political parties of the world. We align ourselves with what we believe God would have us stand for. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Rachel
Through modern revelation, the Lord has given husbands, wives, and children, the opportunity to be together as a family forever in Heaven. In Latter-day Saint temples, families can be bound, or sealed, together forever through the power of the Priesthood. This "sealing" is conditional to the men, women, and children living worthy lives and keeping the Commandments of the Lord. Show more Show less

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

Rachel
Jesus Christ is the head of our church. When He lived here on earth, he taught and established the order of the Gospel. After his death and resurrection, the Church was left to his Apostles. One by one, these Apostles were killed and the teachings of Jesus became lost. Eventually the Gospel, and the power of the Priesthood, as the Savior taught it, were taken from the earth. The world was without the full, correct knowledge of the Savior's Gospel for hundreds of years. When the time was right, the Lord chose a young boy, named Joseph Smith, to restore the fullness of His Gospel to the earth. Joseph Smith sacrificed all that he had, enduring pain, suffering, heart ache, and poverty, in order to complete the mission the Lord had called him to perform. Show more Show less