Sunday, January 20, 2013


The Time Has Come….Drum Roll Please…..I have officially started a new blog. 

I have put so much time and energy into this blog over the years, I am going through withdrawals just thinking about starting a new one.  However, to fully embrace this new life, I felt it very appropriate to turn over a new leaf and start over.

COME FOLLOW US ( as we live life like champs. 
Keep up on the journeys, the comedy, the dreams, the thoughts, the loves, and the travels. 
Check it out.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


My sister Hannah just departed to Jerusalem for a four-month study abroad yesterday. I have so many thoughts and feelings running through my heart and mind and so many things that I want to say, that I don’t know what to say. Two years ago, I left for the Holy Land for a four month study abroad. I experienced sacred and surreal events that truly changed me in ways I did not know were possible. The joy, the spirit, and the beauty I felt were awe-inspiring. My soul was glowing with happiness and true joy. I came to know the Savior and His Gospel like I had never before. I count it among one of my greatest blessings to have gone. I still read through My Jerusalem Blog, often, scroll through my pictures, and keep in contact with some of my dearest friendships made there. I have tried to hold onto as much as I can from my experiences there.

My Dearest Hannah,

I am so very proud of you. You are, in every sense of the word, an angel. You will bless and be blessed by many during your time spent there. I could not think of a more wonderful experience for you to be having in your life at this time than to do what you are doing right now. Anyone who has gone will attest to that. Have a wonderful time. (You are probably more overwhelmed right now than you have ever felt in your life but don't worry the JC (Jerusalem Center) will become home to you, you will know the city like the back of your hand before you know it, and all of those people surrounding you will become like a second family to you.) You will never get an opportunity like this again! Although you are in a foreign land, surrounded by foreign people, foreign foods, and foreign religions, you are not alone. Isaiah 41: 10 & 13 Psalm 46:10. 

With all the love in the world, Rachel
(I hope you see this.)

If there is one blog to be following in the next four months it will be Hannah's Blog!  (

Here are a few things to look forward to:

The view from the Jerusalem Center
(Listen to the sounds of the city: The Call to Prayer will radiate throughout the city and it is marvelous. Listen for fireworks. Sometimes you will see/hear them from your room at night.)

Living and Studying in the Center  

Using the scriptures as your guide to learn about the sacred sites, AS YOU STAND THERE.

Israel's colors during this season 
(I took this right after a wild storm. The land is gorgeous.)

 Field Trips ("don't forget your head sets") 

Experiencing different cultures, religions, and activities 

Hilarious Moments (Put this one on just for you!) 

Exploring the city every day you have the opportunity to with your friends!

The Real Reason. Christ Lives. 
Learn of Him and His life!

Photos taken by me, katlian o'connor, and other JC friends.

Friday, November 9, 2012

To My Love

To My Love,

I have been a very negligent blogger the past few months. It is ironic since this semester has been the most eventful one yet.  I am ENGAGED?! First things first, I am not your typical girl and I have not had your the typical "engagement" experiences.  I have felt at times as if I have been under the flames of God and He is molding me and shaping me into the woman He wants me to be. I have grown more in these last few months than any other time in my life.  I have learned of revelation, love, healing, family, salvation, priorities, and much, much more. These last months have contained the hardest yet the sweetest moments I have yet experienced.  I will refrain from going into detail because these last few months I hold to be sacred and very personal. I will however attest that Satan is as real as the noon-day sun. I have felt his power in ways I wish to never experience again. God's power is above all, however, and His love has carried me through. Needless to say, there is some evil force out there that is destined to cease any and all progression I have with this man that I have come to so cherish and love.  We have grown together in ways this little blog post will never adequately articulate. 

I am in love with Carson Garrett. (I can barely type his name without tearing up.) Carson Garrett is perfect. He is perfect to me. I have known him for SIX years. It all started in a math class. We had almost every single math class together in high school and we were randomly assigned to sit next to each other in every single one. Of all times and seats at the 5A Davis High School...Coincidence?  We became inseparable since. 

When I was 16 years old, Carson was my first kiss. We were best friends for a year before we even had our first kiss...might I add, he was very patient with me as I was as nervous as could be to kiss a boy. ha.  We flirted in the halls of Davis High School. We spent many summer nights laughing in his little red pick-up truck. We danced like wild-bangies at high school dances. He has traveled across states many times to surprise me in various sporting competitions. He is my #1 fan. He has always been my #1 fan!!! We got lost together on nearly every hike we went on (Elephant Rock). We experienced those feelings of long separation (mission) and the heartache that comes with the possibility of losing all that we had worked so hard to gain. We experienced life together while we were apart.  Most of all, we discovered what it was like to love. Carson has showed me how to love. He is part of my soul.

Since he has returned from Poland, we have fought for a love that should have ended many times. We have conquered battles that I wish on no one. Carson has loved my selflessly as I have battled with other things. We have been through hell and back. God has certainly been prevalent. He knew I needed those experiences to grow. Because of those experiences, I love this man more than my own life. We have proven that we can do hard things. We are engaged to be married; it still does not seem real to me. We are certainly different people than we were when we were 16 years old. It is so fun to see our progress. We were so young, naive, and so incredibly blissful and yet some things haven't changed much. I do not know what the future has in store but I cannot wait to experience the rest of my life with him. I count it as one of my greatest blessings.

I am so far from perfect and have made so many mistakes. But it was the moment when I realized I would really lose him forever, that I realized, I want him to be my forever. 

Carson, I will love you forever.