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Hi I'm Emily

I love to travel. I love to read. I love to play soccer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a mom. I have two miracle sons. One is adopted, of Indian (India) descent. The other was born to us after almost 12 years of infertility. We love to travel and will be driving across the United States this summer. I love to read biographies and the classics. I have a large garden and grow tomatoes, peas, onions, peppers, raspberries, strawberries, squash, asparagus, and pumpkins. I love to make homemade salsa from the garden. I also work every once in a while as a dental hygienist. Yes! I have whitened my teeth!

Why I am a Mormon

I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I try to pattern my life after Him. This Church helps me to do this. I know that I am a child of God. I know where I came from. I know why I am here. I know where I am going after I die. This gives me a great sense of purpose and desire to serve and bless others. Because of the blessings of the temple, I can be with my family forever...not just 'till death do we part. I love my family and want to be with them always.

How I live my faith

I get to work with the 16-18 year old young women in the Church. They are amazing girls who know who they are! They have confidence in themselves and know that they are daughters of God. Because of this knowledge, they are driven and focused. They do well in school. They have lots of friends. They are leaders. They keep themselves pure and clean. I also get to visit a few women in my neighborhood at least once a month. I love to go into their homes and talk about God and how to better raise our families. I look forward to Monday nights. We reserve this time for our family. We sing songs and do activities and have treats and study the Bible and the Book of Mormon. We also study the words of our modern day prophets. I also volunteer at my son's elementary school. Education is important to me.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Emily
The Holy Ghost is one of the greatest gifts we can have. He helps us to understand who Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are. With Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, He is the third member of the godhead. He helps us understand God's will in our lives. He guides us and directs us. He gives us comfort. When we feel His presence, it is a foretaste of heaven. Show more Show less

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

Emily
Love your enemies. I believe that this is one of the most difficult of the Savior's teachings to live, but if we can, we will be so much happier in our lives. I know that I am far from perfect and hope for forgiveness in my life. I also know that the Savior loves my enemies. I believe that if we pray for our enemies that God can change our hearts. Our anger and spite will turn to love. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Emily
YES!!! The real name of our church is The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day saints. We follow Jesus Christ. We worship Him. We believe that He appeared to Joseph Smith to restore His church on the earth. Jesus Christ is the head of our church. We try to live as He would have us live. 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. He ministered to the "lost sheep", his people, here on the American continent. He blessed their children. He healed their sick. He called 12 disciples and gave them authority to serve and act for Him. He taught them to love each other and serve each other. He emphasized the importance of faith, baptism, and repentance. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Emily
Yes. We believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. We believe that Jesus Christ was the only perfect person to ever walk the earth. Because of this and His love for us, He died for our sins and weakness and endured all that we have endured. He took upon Him our sicknesses and infirmities. There is nothing about us and our experience on earth that He doesn't know or hasn't experienced. Because He broke the bands of death, we will be resurrected. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Emily
Yes!!! We would love for you to join us at our worship services at church! We have a one hour sacrament meeting, where we partake of the sacrament in remembrance of Jesus Christ. We also sing and are instructed by members of the congregation during that time. We have a primary where children ages 3-11 are taught. We have youth classes for the teenagers and classes for the adults. Please join us! Show more Show less

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

Emily
The Lord. This Church began when Adam and Eve were on the earth. It is the Lord's Church. It was taken from the earth after the death of the prophets spoken of in the New Testament. There was a falling away. Joseph Smith was called by God to restore Jesus Christ's true church as it was in His day. All of the power and authority and ordinances that existed in Jesus' day exist today in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Emily
The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. It contains the teachings of Jesus Christ when He visited the inhabitants of the American Continent following His resurrection. It is the keystone of our religion. If you will read it and pray about it with real intent, the Lord will bless you to know of its truth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Emily
We believe that families can be eternal. We can live with our families forever, through sacred ordinances in the temple. Death need not part families. We believe that the family is the most basic social unit. We believe that the strength and well-being of nations depend on the strength and well-being of families. We believe that mothers and fathers are answerable to God for the care and well-being of their children. We believe in chastity and that children have the right to be born to a mother and father within the bonds of marriage. We believe that being members of families is one of our great eternal purposes. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Emily
We believe the Bible is the word of God. We worship our Savior Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches us about His premortal identity as Jehovah in the Old Testament and His mortal life in the New Testament. We love the bible because it shows us how our Redeemer lived. He gave us a pattern for our own lives. It also teaches us about the Priesthood and the organization of His Church on the earth. We believe that the same organization that Jesus set up in His Church was restored and exists today in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Emily
We believe that God is our Heavenly Father who loves us and has a great interest in our success. We believe He has a body of flesh and bones. We believe that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father are two separate beings. Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God the Father. He is the Savior of the world. He has a resurrected body of flesh and bones. The Holy Ghost is also a separate being. He does not have a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Emily
No. We revere him as a prophet, but we do not worship him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Emily
We believe that all those who die return home to God, their Father. We believe that we will be reunited with our loved ones who have passed on. We believe that there will be a judgement day and we will be rewarded according to our works and the grace of God. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Emily
Yes!!! What a blessing to have a living prophet who can see things that we can't see. He guides us and directs us and warns us. Our prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Emily
We have been blessed with the law of tithing! We are promised that the windows of heaven will be opened and there will not be room enough to receive the blessings the Lord has for us if we will live this law. (See Malachi in the Old Testament) I have seen and experienced the blessings of the Lord as I have faithfully given back 10% of my income to the Lord. All things are His. We are also encouraged to fast...or go without food...for a 24 hour period once a month and donate the money we would have used for our meals to those who do not have food or clothing or the necessities of life. We have the opportunity to donate to a Humanitarian Fund that has blessed the world. We were there in Haiti, Chile, Polynesia, Africa, Asia...wherever disaster strikes. We believe that as we contribute and help those in need we are doing what the Lord would do. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Emily
We believe that we are saved by grace, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, after all we can do. We believe in works. Faith without works is dead. We acknowledge that it is only by Jesus Christ that we can be saved and return to live with our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

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

Emily
We feel that how we dress for church is a symbol of our reverence for Jesus Christ, whom we worship. Women wear dresses or skirts and blouses. Men wear white shirts, suits, and ties. We refrain from wearing casual clothes to church, such as flip flops or jeans. We observe all the major holidays. Christmas and Easter are especially important times for us. They are special holidays to contemplate the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We also celebrate Pioneer Day in remembrance of those who crossed the plains of the United States to seek religious refuge. 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?

Emily
Women have a different role than men. Instead of holding the priesthood, we enjoy womanhood and motherhood. We are co-creators with God to bring His children to the earth. This does not limit our ability or opportunity to lead in the Church. With our husbands, we are co-leaders of our families. In the Church we have the opportunity to lead and teach young children, youth (teenagers), and our peers. Women are held in great respect and regard in the Church. We have many opportunities that most women in the world do not have. Show more Show less