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Hi I'm Emma

I am a wife, mother and musician. I grew up in the SF Bay Area and live in New Jersey now. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent most of my life training to be a classical pianist, but managed to mix in a few other things along the way, including a really fabulous college education and a 7 year period working as a legal negotiator (to pay off the student loans from that top-notch education!) I have been able to use my skills as a musician to develop and run a piano studio out of my home. I have 25 students, including my oldest two sons. So my home is always full of eager young minds and ringing with music. The last 8 years of motherhood have very much been shaped by my battles with hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme vomiting and nausea during pregnancy and something resembling post-traumatic stress syndrome in the aftermath). It has affected me emotionally, physically and spiritually and has hopefully made me a stronger and more resilient person. Bringing my children to earth (and then recovering from pregnancy) has been a difficult and dangerous process, but I chose wisely when I married the man I did-he has been compassionate, loving and full of empathy. He is a true partner. I am pretty obsessed with feeding my family healthy food and have spent a considerable amount of time working to heal our various ailments via "nourishing traditions." I never thought I would be devoting as much time to "homemaking" tasks as I currently do, but the positive effect on our health has made it worth the extra time spent.

Why I am a Mormon

My testimony of Jesus Christ was developed slowly over my early years attending church and learning about His gospel with my family. But, I can point to a single moment in time when it first fully "clicked" for me. I was 13 years old and playing the French Horn in the orchestra for the Oakland Temple Pageant. The brass section was seated in the very back of the "pit", right up against the stage, so I got to watch the play unfold up close every night for weeks. It told the story of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ via dramatic interpretation, song and dance. Every night I was riveted and felt a deep sense of peace and calm as I participated so intimately in the re-telling of this piece of religious history. When the pageant was complete and I woke up for the 1st morning without a rehearsal or performance, I felt a profound sense of loss and sadness. It was deeper than anything else I had experienced before and I found myself weeping. Sensing a change, my wise mother took the time talk with me and helped me to identify the feelings I felt during the pageant as the bright presence of the Holy Spirit. The letdown afterwards helped me to place this experience in the context of my spiritual journey and has served as a touchpoint for future awakenings. Since that time I have placed a great value on seeking after those peaceful assurances of the Spirit. A great many of these experiences have connected to music; I have had many chances to participate in extraordinary musical events, from my own piano recitals to performances of great choral works such as Bach's St. Matthew's Passion & Faure's Requiem. One of the highlights was directing a full orchestra, soloists and singalong choir in Handel's Messiah. My spiritual experiences don't come in such grand forms during these early years of mothering, but they are no less powerful. When you pray for an ailing child and get a strong spiritual impression that leads to healing, it's truly amazing.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday I spend about 45 minutes teaching a group of 12 year olds (mostly boys) about the gospel of Jesus Christ. And every Sunday I am amazed at their previous knowledge, their willingness to learn and their ability to grasp important doctrine. Certainly they can be a bit rowdy (they each seem to have a need to use an extra chair as a footrest that they then kick around on and off throughout the class), but it is really a wonderful way to spend some time each week. They listen up when I relate personal spiritual experiences and they answer my questions with great insight.