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Hi I'm Emily

I will always call Chicago home wherever I may be. I believe art is a universal language. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After growing up in the Chicagoland area, I moved from home to pursue degrees in Art History and Museum Studies. Today, I work as an educator at an encyclopedic art museum in New England. Although I live in Red Sox Nation, I'm a true blue Cubs fan. Guilty pleasures? Guacamole. Bryan Adams love songs. Hockey.

Why I am a Mormon

Sometimes we stumble upon things that change the very core of who we are. In fact, it's certainly more accurate to say that there are moments in life when we stumble upon things that help us discover who we truly are beyond our own perception of our identity and worth. We don't necessarily expect this eye-opening experience, but somehow that "thing" expects us. I converted to the Church during my junior year in college amid an onslaught of disapproving words from my classmates, close friends, and family. Despite those trials then and those I face today, I have found that I could never deny the peace I've felt as I've studied the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The prophet Joseph Smith noted that when he saw his vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ he could not dispel or dispute his experience, for he knew God knew what he saw and he could not be pursued to deny it. As I have come to know and feel the happiness found in living Christ's teachings and standards, my voice joins that of Joseph's: "I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it." At the heart of my testimony of this Gospel, I love knowing that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who knows me personally. I cling with fervor to the knowledge that my Savior Jesus Christ died to take away all of my pains, disappointments, and sins and that He lives today. I rejoice in knowing that I can eternally progress, becoming more and more like the God I adore. President Hinckley, our former prophet, once said that "It is not a sacrifice to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is never a sacrifice when you get back more than you give." I testify that my membership in Christ's Church has given me more joy than I could have ever thought possible for myself.

How I live my faith

Mormons live their faith by serving all of those who they come in contact with, both within and outside the Church. Each month, I visit several women from Church in order to give them a spiritual message, to fellowship with them, and to see if they need help of any kind. Recently, I have begun to send out birthday cards to women from Church. I've often found that the smallest acts of kindess not only are the greatest indicators of our faith but have the greatest influence on the happiness of those we serve. I live my faith by loving all people, by listening to them, by refusing to judge them, and by extending my hands in service.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No, Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. Church members honor and revere him as a prophet of God, who translated the Book of Mormon by the power of the Holy Ghost and restored the true Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. Mormons only worship God, our Heavenly Father, and His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. In everything we do as Latter-day Saints, we center our lives on the teachings of Jesus Christ in the hope of returning once again to the presence of our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less