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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and Frankfurt, Germany.

About Me

I am a musician (vocalist and pianist). I have a BFA in Music Dance Theater. I love all kinds of sports. I love to read and learn. I thrive in getting to know people and talking about ideas. I am a mom, wife and adore my best friends: my husband and my baby girl.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because as I live the Mormon beliefs, the beliefs and words of Christ, I feel most happy. I was born into a Mormon family, which helped introduce me to these beliefs. However, eventually I had to ask myself if the things my parents believed were true. I read in the Book of Mormon, a book we believe goes hand in hand with the Bible as another testimony of Christ, written by prophets and other men called of God. At the end of the book there is an invitation to read, ponder and pray about the book. It promises that through the Holy Ghost I will know it is true. It also promised that we can know the truth of all things. I prayed to God about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon church) and at first didn't recognize an answer. As I continued to pray, day after day, I looked for an answer. Finally one day, as I was kneeling in my room, a feeling came to me, that I already knew the book and the church was true, because of the feelings I had when I read in the book and the feelings I had when I attended church. In Galations 5:22-23 is says, "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperence..." Those are the things that I feel when I read the Book of Mormon and try to live the Mormon faith, or Christ's word, righteously. I since have had many experiences through prayer and study that have confirmed that this church is the church ordained, or set apart, by God. I am so grateful that God has allowed me to find that out for myself, and that He has confirmed it to me.

How I live my faith

I try to love people. Christ said when we serve others, we show Him we love Him and we are His friends. I try to serve others to show them I care and also, in turn show Christ I love Him. I try to learn and understand, through my feelings and impressions from God, how I can help others and bring them light and happiness. I try to help my daughter and husband feel God's love, by treating them with love, respect and kindness.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Emily
We believe that we can make promises to God and that He will promise us things in return. We call them covenants. When we are baptized, for example, we promise to always remember Him and keep His commandments. In return, He promises us that His spirit will always be with us. In the temple, we make more covenants, or promises, that we will follow His commandments. He in turn, promises us that we can live with Him and our families forever, even after death. To make covenants or promises with God, we have to be clean of sin. Naturally, we continue to make mistakes, but we have to be frequently repenting, or asking God for forgiveness of our sins. So those who are repenting frequently, keeping themselves clean of sin and have made their baptismal covenants, are allowed to attend the temple. Once you have made your personal covenants with God, you enter as a proxy, or representative for those who are deceased. You go to the temple and make the same covenants for your deceased grandparents, for example. Those deceased, for whom these covenants are made, have the opportunity to accept or reject the work we do for them. God does not force people into covenants with Him, they get to choose for themselves. Because the promises we make with Heavenly Father and the guidance He gives us in the temples are so sacred and special, we do not talk about them, in detail, outside of the temple. Show more Show less