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Hi I'm Pam Emick

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 56, am happily married, and have one daughter, a son-in-law, and 3 grandchildren. I am a retired fire safety officer. Today I write, sew, read and do as much service as I can. I've been LDS since January 1, 1977. Knowing the Church is true has guided my life into directions I never would have supposed.

Why I am a Mormon

Sometime in early 1976, I became disenchanted with my life. I had been a member of another church (the Church of Christ) during my growing up years, but had stopped going in my teenage years. I noticed that every church and religion seemed to feel they were right, and I had no idea how to figure out which one really was. Most people seemed to think that it didn't really matter--and that "all roads led to God". I just didn't believe that. One minister would say that baptism was essential to salvation, while another said it didn't matter. Who was right? I didn't want to die doing or not doing something I should have done differently. I didn't actively pray, but I expected that if I acted like I wanted to know what direction to pursue, God would help me. I thought, if He truly wants me to live a certain way, then He would have to make it clear to me that I had to do, otherwise He would have no right to judge me on things I knew nothing about. When I started my search for truth, I remembered several friends who were Mormons and so I thought I'd give the Mormon church a call. So I did, and within a few days I had young sister missionaries in my home teaching me. I began to pray often. I knew the Church was true right away, the Spirit of the Lord felt so strong, and everything they said made perfect sense. As I've gone along in my life in the Church, there isn't a day that goes by where I don't feel edified and uplifted in knowing this Church is true. It brings out the best in me, and I am so grateful to know that God truly does care about us enough to show us the way He wants us to go. The best part of it is, Families Can Be Together Forever. And we can learn and progress and grow in all things, because God isn't threatened by us, His children. He wants us to be "heirs of all things". Eventually, over time, I can come to be even as He is, because of Jesus Christ's atonement and my determination to serve Him.

How I live my faith

Currently I am the Provident Living Specialist for my Stake (about 13 different congregations). I help the ward (congregation) preparedness specialists to teach their members how to prepare for disasters and acquire food storage. Before that I served as a women's leader in Relief Society. As are most women in our church, I am a visiting teacher, which is just the best thing in the world! I get to visit several sisters and become a help in their lives by friendshipping them, loving them, and helping them in their lives. I do my best to be honest, trustworthy, happy, serve others, learn all I can, trust in the Lord, and be faithful to Him. Every virtue, every good thing, I seek after.

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Pam Emick
Every single thing. I am so impressed by the fact there doesn't appear to be a "smallest" or a "largest" of anything. The universe is enormous, beyond comprehension, as the Hubble telescope alone can attest to! And as you look at it, it becomes apparent that chance, that accident, could never have created the planets, not to mention the life thereon. The deep sea creatures that man is just now getting to study, the beauty of a leaf, the incredible completeness of every lifeform, all tell me that there must be a God that is incredibly intelligent, powerful and loving. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Pam Emick
Speaking for myself, it's awesome. I am never lost. I have immediate kinship with the members no matter where I go. I learn more and more about the Gospel and what life is really about. I am able to serve. Most of all, I know the truth about our life, about God, about the Plan of Salvation. All that gives me comfort and strength. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Pam Emick
Everyone can, and always have been able to, join the Church. However, before the late seventies, black members of the Church understood that for a time they would not be able to hold the Priesthood. This is no different than the Israelites in times past, when only those in the Levitical line were able to hold the Priesthood (in other words, the Priesthood of old was available only to men with a certain lineage). When you find out that the Church is true, who Joseph Smith is, and the whole Plan of Salvation, you can rest in that. We trust that the Church is true, and having that faith and trust in God and His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost makes you humble and allows you to rejoice even when the answers aren't there or aren't clear. Show more Show less