Hi I'm Emmie
I'm a Mormon.
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.
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.
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.