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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm just Lil' Rach... a wife, a mom, a graphic designer, a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wonderfully blessed wife and mother. I work for an engineering company part-time doing graphic design and marketing. I love to dance, scrapbook, draw, spend time with my family, and laugh. I also love to travel, hike, camp, and be outdoors. But, most of all I love being a mother!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Latter-day Saint family and I was taught when I was young that this is the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. For many years I just had to trust my parents and follow their lead. But, as I grew older and learned more, I came to know the truth of the Gospel for myself and I chose to continue on this path. The Holy Ghost bore witness to me time and time again that this the truth. I never came as a booming voice all at once, but by several impressions over time that touched me so deeply in my heart, that I can't deny them. This life is full of ups and downs and very hard trials. Being a member of this Church has helped me overcome and learn from these trials and I have been able to find joy and light in a world of sadness and darkness. As Latter-day Saints we are taught where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going after this life. Knowing this plan, we call the Plan of Happiness or the Plan of Salvation, gives us an eternal perspective which helps us get through the tough times, because we know that it is but a small moment.

How I live my faith

I owe everything to God, because he has blessed me so very much in my life. Every since I was little the LDS faith has been a very important part of my life. I grew up going to church with my parents, then attending seminary in high school, then taking more religion classes in college. When I was 21 years old, I really realized just how much the Lord had blessed my life and what a source of joy the gospel is in my life. I knew I had to give back to the Lord and share my source of joy with others. So I decided to become a missionary for the LDS Church. I served for 18 months in Peru. While there I was able to teach several people about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Several people that I taught were baptized and became members of the church themselves. It has changed their life so much and helped their families. Some of them even went on to serve missions as well. It makes me so happy to know that my service brought so many people to the truth and that the work still continues. Now my everday life is filled with my faith. Every day is filled with personal and family prayers, thanking our Heavenly Father for all our blessings and asking for constant guidance and protection. I also turn to the scriptures for guidance and answers to my questions. The Bible and it's sister book- the Book of Mormon are so very important in my life. They are both testaments of Jesus Christ and teach us how we must live to return to Him one day. Each Sunday we attend church services as a family, where we partake of the Sacrament and learn more about our Savior and the way he would have us live. My husband and I team teach a Sunday School class for adults. This year we are covering the Old Testament.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Rachel
Our church is sometimes referred to as the Mormon Church and we are called "Mormons" because of the Book of Mormon. Mormon is a prophet from the Book of Mormon that combiled all the records of ancient prophets here in the Americas and abridged them into one book. So "Mormons" is just a nickname that has been given to us through the years. The real name of our church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Or LDS Church for short. This is the preferred name of the church, and as members we prefer to be called Latter-day Saints. Our church is called The Church of Jesus Christ because He is the head of our church. He leads and guides our church through a prophet, who is callled by God. Our prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. It's "of Latter-day Saints" because we are saints (meaning we are constantly striving to be better) in these latter-days, or the last days of this dispensensation (period of time) before Christ will return again. Show more Show less