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Hi I'm Emily Louise

I'm an Army wife. I'm a mom to three active boys. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost I'm a wife and mom. My husband, who serves in the Army reserves, is currently deployed to Afghanistan. I'm a mom to three incredibly rowdy, but handsome little boys. I'm a college graduate with a law degree on the side, but I've put that aside to be a stay at home mom for now. I love to blog, cook, journal, read, watch TV, travel, and I just started running. Nothing too exciting, but it's enough to keep busy. 

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family so it's always been part of my life. As a child, I followed my parent's example and relied heavily on their testimony. But as I grew up, I developed my own testimony. I remember serveral vivid experiences where I prayed to my Heavenly Father and got a crystal clear answer. Along with those, comes a daily peace and reassurance from living the Gospel. It gives me purpose. I love knowing that the family is central to God's plan and that He intends us to be eternal families and that death doesn't break our familial bonds. I love knowing why I'm on the earth and knowing what it is we're supposed to do--teach our children to believe in and love God, live rigtheous lives, treat others with kindness, and always try to be better. It sounds simplisitic, but it's like having a roadmap. I get lost rather easily without good directions and I imagine I would feel terribly lost not knowing why I was here, and who I really am. Living the gospel brings me peace and reassurance and ultimately joy. 

How I live my faith

I try and live my faith everyday. I take my boys to church every Sunday, where they love the children's organization. I work in the children's organization where I get to teach kids about their Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and help them understand that they are loved. I'm also a visiting teacher and get to visit women in the neighborhood once a month to lend support and just be a friend. Daily, we live our faith by praying together as a family, praying over meals, weekly family nights with a short gospel lesson, and reading our scriptures together. But I think I also live my faith by creating a family and Christ centered home. By treating others kindly and fairly. Faith for me, is more than a thought or ideology. It's a way of life and something that influences everything I do. 

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Emily Louise
No, we don't worship Joseph Smith. We worship God, our Heavenly Father, and His son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was a prophet... just like the ancient prophets described in the Bible. Joseph Smith was a modern day prophet who is particularly important in our church because he restored the full Gospel. Before his prayers, the Gospel was limited to just what's found in the Bible, along with all the mistakes and things that had been left out. There were holes and confusion for people who were trying to follow the teachings as outlined in the Bible. Joseph Smith prayed to God to know what was right and eventually God revealed to him the fulness of the Gospel... all the things that had been left out and were missing from the Bible. Joseph Smith also translated the Book of Mormon from its ancient writings. It's because of these contributions that we share a special devotion for Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Emily Louise
I love Relief Society! It's the organization for all the women in the church. We meet on Sundays for spiritual lessons and have monthly or quarterly activities where we meet togethers as Christian sisters and teach eachother and just have fun. It's like the ultimate girls' group because there's something for everyone. It's not just for moms or women who sew, or want to do crafts. We try to include everyone. I love it because I'm surrounded by strong, smart women who teach me and lead by example. They inspire me to try harder to be better. While my husband is deployed, they're a special support group for me. I get regular visits from other women in the Relief Society, as well as visits from the leaders of the Relief Society organization. Without family nearby, they help me to feel not so alone and support me as I take care of my boys on my own. It's a fabulous organization that is really getting me through the days right now. Show more Show less