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Hi I'm Emmie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother of five children. I have seven brothers and sisters and as of today, 20 nieces and nephews. We are blessed to live close to each other and spend lots of time together. I was raised in the gospel of Jesus Christ. My husband was converted to the gospel after our second child. I was a teacher by profession and a cheerleading coach for a National Championship team until I had children. I recently became interested in sewing and "modern quilting" and I'm addicted to it. I also love photography...even though I'm not very good at it. I spend most of my time and energy doing things that support our family. I love being a wife and mother more than anything else in the world. I feel blessed that I love being a mother so much because it is a sacred duty. I have to work hard each day for more patience and often times more energy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. There are things that make me happy, but nothing brings me more joy than being a part of this family with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in to a Mormon family. We lived what some might consider a "strict" or devout Mormon lifestyle. We always honored the Sabbath, we dressed modestly and did not use foul language. We always attended church and in high school, I attended seminary. In a nutshell, it was a great life. I grew up very happy. Why would I change it? In college, when I met my husband who at the time was not a Mormon, he questioned a lot of my beliefs. It really challenged me. I wasn't as consistent with my basic daily scripture study and prayer...among other things. After a few months, I literally felt the spirit of the Lord leave me. I became pessimistic. After a time, although I considered myself a strong LDS girl, I realized where I was lacking. I made changes and through prayer and scripture studying and other activities, I quickly felt like I was at peace again. Later, after my second child, I studied hard, the Atonement of Jesus Christ. While I knew that I wanted to be a Mormon, nothing brought me closer to His gospel than to gain a better understanding of Jesus Christ and His great sacrifice and love for me. My testimony of the gospel was strengthened so much and because of my understanding of Jesus Christ, my life has greater purpose. It has made being who I am much easier having this greater understanding of Him.

How I live my faith

While I am at church, I serve as a Primary teacher. I live my faith by my daily activities. On a good day, we have family prayer together before everyone leaves for the day. I listen to gospel music in the car because it puts me in a good mood. I sing to my children often (off-key of course) because they let me. We pray together as a family before we eat dinner. And we end the day with a scripture from either the Bible or the Book of Mormon followed by what we call, "good night prayer." I read my scriptures before I go to bed. On some days, I read General Conference talks which always uplift me. I try to be good so that the Holy Ghost will dwell in our home and help me to make decisions that will make my family happy. Some days are so hectic and I feel like I've failed. But, I find that when I read an article from the Ensign (our church publication), it quickly lifts me. We teach our children about the life of Jesus Christ on a daily basis as it relates to their lives. We encourage our children to be kind to others and to respect their teachers and other adults in their lives. We talk of being good examples. We encourage our children to do one act of service every day. Some times it might be to share their snack at school and other times they seek out someone at recess who is alone. We try to be as self-sufficient as possible. I am working on a garden and also learning to cook more things from scratch. I try to involve my children as much as possible. In addition, we follow the counsel of our church leaders by keeping a 72 hour emergency kit and we are constantly working to maintain our food storage supply and an emergency savings equal to a years expenses. We honor the sabbath. We do not attend parties or participate in sports or other activities on Sunday. We spend this day with family and participate in activities that are uplifting and remind us of our Savior.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

As a mother, I depend on the Holy Ghost so much. With lots of small children and a busy schedule, I find myself getting caught up in the day to day business of the world...housekeeping, school functions, discipline, etc. Sometimes I go to bed feeling like I just yelled at my kids all day. Other days, I feel like it was a really good day. Either way, I strive to maintain a loving spirit in my home as much as possible. I NEED IT! Through prayer, the Holy Ghost has inspired so many of life's decisions. From where to send my kids to school, to whether or not we should make a large purchase, to knowing what to do to help my child. I feel at peace when I receive answers to life's questions. In one instance, my husband and I had wondered if we should sell our family business for him to take up an offer for an office job. After talking about it and weighing our options, we decided that keeping the business was the best decision. I was adamantly against selling the business from the beginning. Like many decisions, we decided to take it to the Lord to confirm that it was the right decision for us. As my husband and I sat together in the La'ie, Hawai'i temple, I felt a strong change of heart. My husband looked at me and I said, "I don't think you should rule it (the new job) out." And for the first time, not only did I feel a peace inside me about selling the business, but I was excited for this new opportunity. We went for it. Because of the new job, we were able to take advantage of so many opportunities that we would not have had if we had kept the business. In addition, my husband went through a period of medical issues that required him to take it easy and travel to the mainland. He had just started the new job and we had already trained someone to run the business until we could have it sold. If we had not hired another person in preparation for selling the business, we would have lost a good portion of our business because my husband would not have been able to run it. Had we not taken this decision to the Lord, the Holy Ghost would not have revealed to us that what we should do. The peace that we felt in the temple that day gave me the assurance that during the transition, everything would be okay. I was at peace. I was also able to support my husband 100% because I knew that the we were following the Lord's will for us. Because of that decision, my husband has been able to take advantage of many opportunities and we have been able to reach many of our family goals more quickly. Show more Show less