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Hi I'm Emily

I am a happy wife and mother. I love yoga, nutrition, meditation. I teach English as a Second Language. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love learning about almost everything. I enjoy music and yoga, nutrition and cooking, reading and walking, gardening. I was raised in a wonderful family of nine. Some of my favorite memories are when my family gathers around my mom playing the piano or my dad playing the guitar while we all sing. My parents taught me the God loves all His children. I am thankful to have such a support group. I was taught that education is crucial. For my bachelor's degree, I studied Organizational Communications. I learned about how teams and groups work together and about effective leadership and communication within organizations. I feel that learning about this has helped me in every relationship and organization which I have been a part of. I had always wanted to serve internationally as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but the Lord had a different plan for me. I was so happy to marry my husband, and I realized that I could still learn another language and help other people. I learned Spanish and went to Guatemala for 3 months as a volunteer English teacher for underprivileged children and adults. Consequently I achieved a Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Now I teach students from all over the world who are preparing for college. Many of my students speak Arabic and Chinese. I love getting to know them and learning about their cultures. I have learned that you have to spend time with people to understand them.

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to be baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have found out for myself that it is Christ's true church that is on the earth again in our day just the same as it was in Jesus Christ's time. My mother has always been a member, but my father learned about it when he was a teenager. Both my parents taught me that they knew the church was true and correct, but they also told me that I needed to find out for myself. I did many things to find out that it is true. I started by trying to keep God's commandments. I also read The Book of Mormon, then I prayed about it to know if it was true. Over time, as I tried to live the principles found in The Book of Mormon, I knew that it is truly 'Another Testament of Jesus Christ' because it testifies of Him. Whenever I read and think about this book, I feel closer to Jesus Christ, and I want to be more like Him, and it shows me how I can do that. Because I know The Book of Mormon is true, I also know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. I know that he really did see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and they taught him how to bring Christ's church back to the earth. When I read The Bible I see many evidences that it is the same church. One evidence is that there are living prophets and apostles again in our day. They teach us what the Lord wants us to do and how to be happy. I have prayed to know about all these things, and God has answered my prayers every time, just as He will answer anyone who sincerely wants to know the truth. The heavens are not closed, and I can receive personal revelation every day through the Holy Ghost because God wants me to know Him and be close to Him. Following Jesus Christ makes me happy. I have faced many challenges, illness, tragedies and unfulfilled dreams. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because even though life is tough, my faith in Jesus Christ and in His plan gives me hope, peace and comfort.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be like Jesus every day. Some of the most important things I do during the day is to pray and communicate with my Heavenly Father. I also study the scriptures each day to help me know how the Lord wants me to live. My husband and I also do this together every day. This has strengthened our marriage and every aspect in my life. This makes it is easier to have a positive attitude, even when things don't go my way. Praying and studying the scriptures helps me feel that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me and they know me perfectly. This makes me so happy, and I always try to share that happiness with others, whether it be by smiling at them, or helping them, or specifically telling them about why I am so happy. One of my students wasn't in class one day, and I emailed her to ask if she was alright. She told me her cousin had died. I tried to comfort her and told her I hoped she would find peace and comfort. Then one time when I had felt very sick during class that day, she sent me an email to check on me. She said she hoped that I would get rest and feel better soon. I thanked her sincerely for being so kind and thoughtful. She replied that she meant it from the depths of her heart. Then she said "And don't thank me because what I'm doing right now is something I have learned from you." That was a great lesson for me that everyone can make a difference by just being a little more considerate and compassionate towards people, and then those people will pass it on to someone else and the world will be a better place. I also live my faith by serving twice a month as a temple ordinance worker. A temple is a dedicated house of the Lord where we perform ordinances for ourselves and for our ancestors who have died so that we can receive every blessing that Heavenly Father has for us and so we can return to live in perfect happiness with Him and Jesus Christ, and with our families again after this mortal life ends. That brings me true joy.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

We believe in the Bible because it testifies of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches us about Christ's life and mission. It teaches us how we can follow Him and become more like Him. Show more Show less