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