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Hi I'm Emily

I am a musician, teacher, sister, daughter, and follower of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love music! I love performing show-tunes, opera, other classical literature, and getting lost in YouTube videos. Next to my love for singing, I have a passion for teaching and helping others achieve their goals to become better singers. For more information about my music, visit my blog. I grew up in University Place, Washington among many family members and friends (3 uncles and 1 aunt and their families are all very close by to our family). My mom and dad had six of us kids, and I am the second. I quickly established myself in our family as the outgoing, musical, optimistic one (and the only blonde!) At home, I'm often the one cracking jokes. I left Washington to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, where I received a degree in Vocal Performance. I took an 18-month hiatus during my college years to be a missionary at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and in Athens, Georgia. How I love the visitors who came through Temple Square, and the many people I met in Georgia! Music is one of the ways that I developed my spiritual side, and have learned to share it with others. Recently I became a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and it is hugely rewarding to give back to the world what the Choir gave to me as a teenager, which was peace. The world is so busy, so full of commotion. I would escape it often by listening to songs from the Choir. And I still do!

Why I am a Mormon

I have no idea where I would be right now if it weren't for my family. My mom and dad are faithful Mormons, but they were never preachy. They just lived their lives the best way they knew, and took me to church with my siblings every week. And when I was 8, I was baptized. We continued to attend church regularly. When I was 12, I began to wonder if my religion was really true. I had a feeling that I should read the Book of Mormon on my own and ask God if it was true. And when I read the Book of Mormon and prayed, the answer came: yes! Jesus Christ is your Savior, the Book of Mormon is a true book, and Joseph Smith really did re-establish Christ's original church. My serious study of the Book of Mormon began then, and it has never really ended. Every so often when I am calm, paying attention, and understanding what I read, I will feel this flooding sensation of warmth within me, or feel almost as though I am on fire. Light and knowledge will pour into my heart that I record in my journal. These feeling aren't made up or something I can duplicate in any other way. That is the Holy Ghost. That is how God speaks to me, and told me that I should continue being a faithful member of His church. Aside from the gospel being true, there are so many blessings I've had from obeying the gospel ... When members of a family actively obey the gospel of Jesus Christ it makes the home a place of peace and refuge. And on an individual level, making choices for the future and present become easier and clearer with the Holy Ghost guiding your life.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is about coming to know God better so that I can understand my relationship to Him, and then know myself better. I talk to my Heavenly Father each day in prayer, and learn about Him and His Son Jesus Christ by reading scriptures. I will write down my thoughts and feelings about what I read in a journal for safe-keeping. Most of all, my faith influences how I treat the people around me. I am more kind, more patient, more loving, and forgiving when I actually follow Jesus Christ's teachings. I believe that this personal faith cures the societal ills that plague so many people today. We have to start within ourselves, make a change through Jesus Christ, and then our influence for good will be unstoppable! On a weekly basis, I sing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir or as a soloist for my local worship services. If I'm not singing for worship services, I will attend and listen to the wonderful instruction given. I learn so much from others around me!

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Emily
You can know for yourself that Mormonism is true if you will read the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and pray sincerely for a witness from the Holy Ghost to testify that it is true. The witness of the Holy Ghost feels different for everyone. I feel peaceful and happy inside. But sometimes my heart feels warm and fuzzy. Other times, my heart feels like it's on fire inside of me. If you are really seeking to know if Mormonism is true, I can promise that praying for the Holy Ghost will definitely bring you a positive answer from the Lord! Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Emily
The family is the basic building block of society! It is between husband and wife that children can be brought into the world to be loved and nurtured, and taught correct principles that will help them make the world a better place. We believe that husbands are to be the primary providers in the home. Husbands and fathers have the privilege to watch over and protect his wife and children. Husbands also are the head of the family and preside in family matters. The role of wife and mother is complimentary to that of her husband. Imagine what would happen if a man and woman were exactly the same! Women are born with an innate sense of how to nurture and care for others, which directly correlates to her role as the primary teacher, nurturer, and caretaker of the children. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Emily
Joseph Smith, Jr. As a 14 year old boy living on a farm with his family in Palmyra, New York, he was confused as to why there were so many churches proclaiming to have God's word. Joseph wanted to join the right church, so he decided to ask God through prayer which church was the right one. In a miraculous vision, Joseph was visited by Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father -- and was told by Christ to not join any of the churches because none of them had the full truth of His Gospel. A few years later, the Lord showed Joseph Smith where the record of the Book of Mormon was kept, and he translated it into English. Joseph was given the true authority of the priesthood by Peter, James and John in another heavenly visitation. With that power restored to the earth, Joseph could baptize people with the true authority of God. Joseph passed the priesthood on to other worthy men as well. In the year 1830 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was formally organized by Joseph Smith, and it has grown from a membership of 6 to nearly 14 million worldwide! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Emily
Mormons know, as well as anyone else in the world, that nobody is perfect. There was only one perfect Man to ever live on earth, and that Man was Jesus Christ. Because imperfect people cannot go to Heaven to live with God, Jesus Christ atoned for our sins. Therein lies the grace of Jesus Christ -- and it is only through the grace of Christ's atonement that we can hope to be saved. However, God does not give out commandments for no reason. Heavenly Father still expects us to live the best way we know how and to let our faith be shown through our actions -- in keeping the commandments. God knows what is in our hearts, and if we have done our best, grace will make up for what we have been lacking when we accidentally slip up and make a mistake. If we turn to God with the intent to serve Him and to live righteously, and actually follow through, then grace claims us! How merciful is Jesus Christ that He would suffer and die for our sakes that we may live again with our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Emily
No. While young men aged 19 are strongly encouraged to serve a 2 year mission, and women aged 21 are eligible to serve an 18-month mission, it is a personal choice. Elderly couples also may serve a mission together if they feel so inclined. I know of many observant Mormons who, for medical reasons, are not eligible to serve a mission and so they usually find other ways to share the gospel with their friends, either through performing spiritually uplifting music or blogging about it on the internet or by just being friendly to neighbors. When you have some good news, a natural reaction is to share it! And that's what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is -- our good news to the world. Missionary work is way for Mormons to share the good news with people all over the world. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Emily
The Atonement of Christ is the central part of tGod's plan of Happiness for us. The word atonement is a word which was created in English in the 16th century to denote a reconciliation of all mankind to God, a unifying of the two (at – one – ment) through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The reason why there must be a reconciliation between God and man is because God created laws, which we are imperfect in following. God knew that we would not always be perfect and choose to follow His laws. Before the world began, Christ offered to atone for our sins by sacrificing his life. How did Christ bring about the atonement? After the Last Supper, Jesus went with his apostles into the Garden of Gethsemane where he prayed to God. It was there in the Garden of Gethsemane that Christ atoned, bleeding from every pore. He bore the weight of our sins. He was left alone and comfortless in the face of the Devil. He was scourged, spit upon, and mocked. Then he was crucified. Through all of this, Jesus did not complain, not even once! He endured the suffering so perfectly. The Atonement is an invitation to become like the Savior. With the gift of the atonement given to all of us, we can hope to stand judgement from the Lord, knowing that we are saved after all that we can do through his loving and infinite sacrifice. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Emily
The Gospel of Jesus Christ requires faith, but second, it requires action. Being baptized as a new member of the Mormon church is an outward sign (action) that you will be committed to living your life in harmony with what the Mormon church teaches. Baptism is a two-way promise between you and the Lord. You promise that you will keep His commandments, and He in turn promises that you will always have His Spirit to be with you. It's pretty miraculous! In the New Testament the gospel writers record that Christ was baptized by John the Baptist. Baptism is a sign to the world that you are willing to do as Jesus did and follow in his footsteps. Baptism also acts as a cleansing agent. For any person who is baptized who is over the age of 8, baptism washes away all the sins which you have committed since age 8. When your sins are washed away, you are better able to feel the Holy Ghost and remember to keep the commandments. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Emily
I believe that giving back 10% of my own earnings keeps me humble. It reminds me that I am indebted to God for everything that I have. The 10% that I give to the church is used to build meetinghouses, temples, and provide learning materials and other expenses. My tithing money doesn't pay my local bishop, but rather it directly benefits me. We are asked to practice the law of tithing because it is what the Lord has asked all of His covenant people to practice, even back to the time of Abraham. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Emily
It is clear from the New Testament that Christ intended for His priesthood organization, the Church of Jesus Christ, to be perpetuated. Yet we see a loss of church organization and authority. Changes were made in doctrine and practices that were not authorized by God, and then He withdrew His priesthood and organization from among them. We see a similar pattern of the Children of Israel in Egypt losing sight of the truth before God called Moses. The Bible is a record of the teachings of Christ's authorized servants in former times. The time came in 1830 for Christ to re-establish His pattern of having authorized servants on the earth with Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Emily
Search for your local meetinghouse on mormon.org/worship, and attend a worship service on Sunday! Then you can meet lots of Mormons, ask them questions and learn about how we worship. At the church there may also be full time missionaries, who are official representatives of the church and can take personal time to explain the church in depth. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Emily
Mormons are people who believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of the world, and accept Joseph Smith as the prophet who restored Christ's original church on the earth. The church's name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons believe that Jesus Christ spoke to more than just one area of the world, through prophets. The Book of Mormon is the evidence of this, and is the reason for our nickname. Mormon is the prophet-historian who compiled records of 1000 years of prophetic writings from the Ancient Americas. (about 600 BC to 400 AD) Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Emily
Because it testifies that Jesus Christ is the Savior, the Only Begotten Son of the Father. The Bible also records how the Lord has made covenants with his people throughout time. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We know that because God made covenants with people in times past, He can make covenants with them even today, by priesthood authority. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Emily
Yes. Just as the Wise Men from the east saw the sign of the star at Christ's birth, people saw the sign of the star in the Americas as well. Prophets had foretold of Christ's birth, and of His role in their salvation. Jesus Christ appeared to a group of about 2,500 people near a temple around 34 AD, after Christ's ascension into heaven. You can read this account in 3 Nephi chapter 11. Christ shows to them the wounds in his hands and feet. It is a very touching account of him visiting his "other sheep". Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Emily
Modesty is not only a style of dress, but a pattern of thought and behavior based on moral principles taught by the Savior. Modesty in our actions, words, and dress will encourage others to look at us for what our personality is. My mom taught me modesty by being modest herself. She taught me chastity and complete fidelity by being totally loyal to my father. Being an example is the best way to teach anyone correct principles. Show more Show less