Hi I'm Emily Ann
I love to garden! I especially love growing fresh herbs - I don't mind weeding as much when I'm surrounded by lots of great fragrances. I love reading a great book, but have to be careful. If I start one I really like, it's hard for me to put it down until I'm finished. My family is the center of my universe. Spending time with them IS my ME time! I also love working with children and youth. I am drawn to youth theater because it's such a thrill to watch kids grow, develop and come to have a sense of their own magnificence.
Why I am a Mormon
The simple answer here, is, because it's the truth. I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of my life. Some of my ancestors crossed the plains with the Mormon pioneers in the 1800's. Growing up "Mormon", did NOT mean that I didn't have to make the choice to follow this faith and determine if it really is for me. I've lived all over the United States and have friends from many different faiths and cultures. I love diversity - it makes life so much more exciting than if we were all the same! I have had the opportunity throughout my life to answer many questions about my faith and therefore have had to really examine if this is what I believe. I have tested every precept. I have tried my faith. I have prayed and fasted to see if I could really receive my own confirmation from my Heavenly Father. And...I have. I am not offended or threatened by anyone else's beliefs. I celebrate everyone's right to live as they choose. I am just ever so grateful that I have the truth - and it makes me so happy in my life that I want to share it with everyone, so they can be happy too.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is my connection to my Heavenly Father. Talking with Him everyday keeps me on course. It helps me to remember that no matter how overwhelming my challenges seem to be, there is a bigger perspective. It is good, on a daily basis to try to see things through a heavenly perspective. Certain things fall more easily into place when you realize that they aren't as important as you originally thought they were.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
I believe that the Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ - that it is true scripture. In addition to that it is a GREAT read! I love the simplicity of the language, the excitement of the stories and the connection I feel to the heroes who exhibit faith during times of great trial. At different times of my life, I relate moreso to different stories in the Book of Mormon. Right now, it feels like the world has turned on it's ear! I often get frustrated with the influences all around that seem to be reaching out to attack the values that have always been precious to me. I find a particular affinity with the story of Captain Moroni, found in the book of Alma (In the Book of Mormon), chapter 46. Amalickiah was a wicked man who desired to be the king of the Nephites. He manipulated the people around him with flattery and many followed him. (Alma 46:17.) When Moroni, who was the commander of the Nephite armies, discovered what Amalickiah was up to, he was angry. He tore his coat and made a flag. He wrote these words on it. "In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children" (Alma 46:12). He made this into a flag and called it the title of liberty. Then he prayed, asking Heavenly Father to allow the people to keep the freedom they had. (Alma 46:12,13.) He went among the people, waving the title of liberty in the air, crying out, "Whosoever will maintain this title upon the land, let them come forth in the strength of the Lord, and enter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them" (Alma 46:20). Captain Moroni inspired his people to rise up and fight for their beliefs. This uprising frightened Amalickiah, who then left the land of the Nephites. Moroni's example shows me that even though I am one person, I can stand for what I believe in, proudly and I can make a difference. I believe that this is what my Heavenly Father would have me do.
How I live my faith
Currently, I serve as the Compassionate Service Leader in our ward. This means that I keep my ear to the ground to find out if any of the families in our congregation are in need of service. I often coordinate the delivery of meals for families during times of illness, when new babies are born, or any time when there is a need for TLC. Our visiting teaching program is one of my favorite things. Within our congregation, I have been assigned a female companion and we are asked to visit once a month in the homes of a few other women. The assignments change every year or so, and I have the chance to make new friends, strengthen existing friendships and really learn to serve my "sisters" the way my Heavenly Father would want me to serve them. My visiting teachers come regularly and always share a message to enlighten and uplift me. It's always nice to know that if I need help, I have two friends who are anxious to help me with whatever I need, even if it's a walk around the block with a buddy!