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Hi I'm Emily.

I'm a Latina. I'm adopted. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was adopted as a baby from Guatemala. I was raised by two of the best parents in the world. Family is super important to me, even more so now that I am a mother. My husband and I had our first baby last year and we LOVE parenting. When I'm not busy as a wife and mother, I work part-time as a case manager to pregnant teens. I love to eat, travel, read, write, and sleep!

Why I am a Mormon

My mom and dad are Mormon, and so are their parents. I was baptized when I was eight and have been an active member my whole life. The beauty in this is that I've had the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to draw on throughout my life. Even more beautiful is the individual witness that I've gained--that each of us can gain--through the power of the Holy Ghost. I can say that I have a testimony of Jesus Christ and His restored Gospel because I prayed to Heavenly Father myself, asking if it was true. I received answer by way of a powerful feeling of peace and joy in my heart and in my mind. I made the decision to be baptized, and I make the decision each day to live the best that I can the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This brings me true happiness.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through my daily actions. Let me be clear: I am not perfect! I mess up everyday! But my faith in the Savior and in His truth gets me through. Prayer, studying the scriptures, attending church, and involving myself in the activities and responsibilities the Church extends to me all strengthen my faith. I currently teach the women's organization once a month. It takes time to prepare the lesson, but I find that I feel close to the Spirit and am blessed by taking the time to do it. These are just some of the ways I "live my faith."

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

Emily.
Mormon women are strong. Mormon women have a strong sense of who they are. We grow up learning that we, like men, are children of God. I am a queen--a daughter of a loving God, who knows and loves me as an individual. That knowledge is so powerful! Yes, Mormons definitely believe in equality of men and women. Period. Having said that, we do believe that our responsibilities as women are different from men--but that's because our talents are so unique! Christ was a champion of women, and that is evident in His Church. Although women don't hold the Priesthood, we have equally important responsibilities within the Church that only we can fulfill! Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Emily.
Each missionary earns money and pays for his or her own mission. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not pay its missionaries. Family and friends can contribute money to a missionary. The Church also accepts donations from members to a Missionary Fund that is distributed to missionaries world-wide that may need some extra help. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Emily.
No one is required to serve a mission, but every member seriously should! I served a mission and it is the greatest experience I've ever had, the greatest blessing I've ever known apart from my family. Young men who are 19 years of age are strongly encouraged to serve, young women who are 21 years of age are invited to serve, and couples with grown children are encouraged to serve as well. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Emily.
It's totally true! And to me it is proof that God loves all of His children all over the world. Jesus visited both hemispheres and taught the people his Gospel. It's beautiful! 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?

Emily.
As a Latina, let me just say right now that there are no restrictions based on race or color! Everyone is a welcome member of the Church, and any worthy male, regardless of race or color can hold the Priesthood, which is the authority of God to act in His name. What a blessing! Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Emily.
No, and thank goodness! Each member is given the opportunity to have their own opinion. We are encouraged to study out any issue, political or otherwise, and to pray about it. The surest way to truth is to go directly to the Source of all truth. God will guide us when our intentions are pure. In studying politics and its surrounding issues, we are able to choose for ourselves and confirm our choices with God. Show more Show less