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Latter-day Saint women in the military may not be a common sight, but they are a powerful force for good. Captain Rachael Neff shares her testimony of relying on the Lord for guidance in turbulent times.
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Rachael Neff is a mother, a Mormon, and an officer in the Army. And that combination of things makes her a bit of an enigma.
Before even graduating high school, Neff walked into a recruiting office and told them she wanted to join the Army. "I don't even care what you're going to pay me, I just want to get out of here," she said, looking for adventure.
And it turned out to be a great fit. After graduating, she excelled as a military intelligence analyst, quickly impressing all those she worked with until finally one of her commanders told her she needed to go to West Point to become an officer. So she applied and was accepted.
There was just one small problem: she was engaged. And she wouldn't be able to get married until after graduating from West Point. And that was--including the required one year of prep school--five years away.
"I literally had to choose between getting my education and getting married to this guy," Neff says. "I prayed very earnestly about this decision, and I felt very strongly that he wasn't the right guy." It's hard, she says, "to walk away from a relationship, because we're so encouraged to seek relationships and especially to seek marriage; it is a significant emotional event to listen to the Spirit and understand when He's telling you it's not the right person."
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