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Hi I'm Emily

I grew up in Utah. I have lived in France, Italy, Alaska and Arizona. I love my family and the beauties of the earth.

About Me

I am a mother of five girls. I am thankful that my husband's job provides for our needs so that I can stay at home with my girls. I am slowly working towards a Bachelors Degree in Family History. I am fluent in French and Italian. I have also studied Spanish, German and Latin. I enjoy using languages to connect with people and their histories. I love to garden and spend time outdoors as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I fell in love. My parents raised me in the Church and when I was 18, I went to a foreign country to work as a nanny. Each Sunday I would stand at my door, hoping that a neighboring family would not forget to pick me up...it would take me over an hour to get to church on my own...Later, as a missionary, I ran out of a church building as someone was breaking into it. It hurt to think of the tithing money of members of the Church being mistreated. I love the teachings of the Book of Mormon. When I read it, the words testify of Jesus Christ. I love the way it stands beside the Bible and strengthens my faith and that of my family. I love the priesthood and how my husband serves through gentleness and love. A man shows strength not through force but through patience and kindness. I am thankful for a modern day prophet. President Monson is just the kind of prophet we need in our day.

How I live my faith

Before our most recent move, we would drive about 45 minutes to get to church each Sunday. I enjoyed meeting with the members at church each Sunday who were very far from one another. Now, we live very close to our church building, making it easier to attend various weekday activities. My husband and I try to attend the temple in Snowflake often, ideally for us we enjoy going at least once a month. I love being a visiting teacher and getting to know the ladies of church in their homes. My church assignment right now is with the children. In my opinion, it's one of the best assignments! I get to spend time each sunday with the children from 3 to 11 years old in a group setting. I find fun ways to teach them the gospel through music. I love it!

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

We celebrate holidays as often as possible! Our family favorites would be Christmas, Easter, and the Fourth of July. Each April and October there is a worldwide broadcast called General Conference where we hear directly from the prophet and church leaders. Growing up, my dad started a tradition of cooking a special pancake breakfast on conference weekend. It was something we always looked forward to and now his grandchildren are enjoying the same tradition. :) How do we dress for church? The men and boys dress in slacks and shirt, with tie. The girls wear a dress or shirt and skirt. As a mother of all girls, I love that Sundays are a day when my girls can "dress up" and wear beautiful outfits that wouldn't quite work with their regular weekly runnin' and jumpin'. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Families are important because of the perspective the gospel of Jesus Christ provides. Our relationships with our loved ones are blessings to us now and in the future. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

They don't hold the priesthood, but as a daughter and now as I wife, I have been blessed by the men in my life who have been given responsibilities that enrich their lives through selfless service to others. This type of personality trait I feel, comes more easily to women as friends, daughters, sisters, and mothers. In my life, I have held leadership positions in the church and have never felt belittled by the men of the church but rather honored and appreciated. Show more Show less