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Hi I'm Emily

I grew up in the mid-west. I love being outdoors, running, baking, art, and being a mom.

About Me

I'm a wife and a mother. I love finding and creating beauty in the world around me--from a family hike enjoying nature to cooking a wonderful meal for loved ones.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because as a teenager I prayed and received a personal witness of the gospel. In my everyday life there are small tender mercies showing the Lord's hand in my life--renewing that faith and testimony.

How I live my faith

I am very active with our ward community as the leader of the women's organization. It's amazing how I can feel the Lord's love for each of these amazing women as I try to serve them as He would.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Emily
The church believes that abortion should only be used in extenuating circumstances such as rape or incest or if the health of the mother is seriously compromised. Why do they take such a stand? Not because they want to deny women the power to choose. Women already have the power to choose when they engage in sexual relations. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Emily
There is power that flows into your life as soon as you begin a serious study of the scriptures. A heavenly power, from the Holy Spirit. It will lead you and guide you to truly become an instrument in the hands of the Lord. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Emily
Being a member of the Mormon Church is definitely a great blessing. However I remember feeling alone at times--especially in High School. There were not a lot of other members of the Mormon Church at my school. So at times living the standards and standing up for what I knew to be right was hard. However my friends all greatly respected me for my beliefs. They never even offered my alcohol, drugs, or other immoral things. They already knew I would (and should) abstain. Perhaps they knew this because of my strong committment to live a good life and do what was right. Being a member of the Mormon Church makes any decision easier--because I believe in my Heavenly Father's plan of happiness. I know that He sent His son Jesus Christ to die for us. And that plan of happiness gives me peace, hope, and direction. Everything we do here on this Earth is to help us learn and grow so we can make it back to that Heavenly home. This perspective makes shunning temptations, hard decisions, going through trials, and enjoying the good in life so much easier. I can't imagine my life without this peace. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Emily
Tithing money is sacred money and it is used carefully to build the work of the church around the world--funding meeting houses, temples, hymn books, and curriculum materials. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Emily
I distinctly remember praying at the age of 12 to know if Heavnely Father was really there, if I was truly his spirit daughter, and if He knew me and loved me. One night I received my answer. An overwhelming spirit of love filled me from my very core. Then the words of two hymns came to my mind as clear as could be--"I am a child of God" and "I know my Father lives and loves me too, the spirit whispers this to me and tells me it is true." I knew then with every fiber in me that I was indeed a daughter of my Heavenly Father and He loved me. That foundation of knowing my Heavenly Father and trusting in his love for me has helped me throughout my life. Knowing of my Heavenly Father and trusting in His plan for me has sustained me me in the darkest moments of my life and given me hope to make it through. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Emily
Mormon women are strong women. They know the Lord loves them and has a special role for them. They have a deep spirituality that helps them face life's trials with faith in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Emily
The Temple is for members of the church to make sacred covenants with God. These covenants are essential for our progress back to our Heavenly home. In these holy temples members also perform vicarious ordinances for family members or others who died without the opportunity to make these covenants in this life. These individuals will then be able to accept or reject the covenants (like baptism) that were done in their behalf. While in the temple members also commune with God--praying and feeling of his spirit. 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
As a women, we don't need to! Women have an innate spirituality already divinely bestowed upon them. They follow the Spirit in their lives as they serve in the church. Women lead in the women's organization, over the children's classes, and teenage girl classes and activities. They also play a critical and active role in the regular councils with local church leaders. Activities, meals, funerals, speaking assignments, service projects, etc are all organized and carried out by women. Show more Show less