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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a graduate student. I love being outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After growing up in Alaska, I decided to go to graduate school in sunny Alabama. I'm studying biomedical research and spend most of my time in the lab. In any free time I like to get outside. Biking, hiking, skiing (though not in Alabama!), or just being outdoors with friends and family. Life doesn't get much better than studying interesting things in a beautiful place with good friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Lutheran (ELCA) and was blessed to have always attended wonderful churches with great people. Having always identified very strongly with the Lutheran teachings and seeing the grace in them, I never considered the thought of leaving the church. When I first started meeting with missionaries, it was simply to learn more about the LDS faith. However, I decided to go into the lessons with an open mind and to make a sincere effort at receiving an answer. Little did I expect to receive that answer directing me towards the church! It took a long time to accept the answer, as it would mean leaving a church that I had grown up in and loved. But the morning of my baptism, I received an email devotional from a Lutheran seminary. It talked about how sometimes God calls us to a new place and that, while anxiety about the unknown can be terrifying and seem overwhelming, He's calling us for a reason and is always watching over us. I knew this was God telling me that it was okay to leave the Lutheran faith and follow the answer he gave me. Since following through on the call, I have continued to receive confirmation that this is the right path for me.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day in all that I do. Many scientists aren't religious, so I feel that I can be a representative of Christ in all my actions and words and show others how being a Christian has benefited my life. Also, I try to follow Christ's command that whatever we do for the least of us, we do for him (Matt. 25:40). To me this means finding those in need (whether financial, emotional, or in need because of persecution for who they are) and supporting them however possible.