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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a student, I love swimming, scuba diving, TV documentaries, and I live in a small, small town.

About Me

I recently returned from serving as a missionary in Richmond, Virginia and I loved it! Currently, I'm going to school and my long term educational goal is to be a registered nurse with a Bachelor's degree in nursing. I love people and I love hospitals. I enjoy doing a lot of things but I'm not expert at 90% of them. I enjoy water; swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, fishing, pretty much anything to do with water. I love traveling, history, Lord of the Rings, and when I force myself to do it, I enjoy reading. If anyone was to ask me what my favorite thing is, I would have to say my family. I love being with them no matter what we are doing. It could be a family vacation, or doing the dishes, I always have a good time with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, I did the typical 'Mormon' thing but didn't know why I did the things I did. I didn't really become close to my Heavenly Father until I was a freshmen in college. There I came to the fork in the road, either I lived the way I was taught to live, that is living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or I could live the way of the world. I decided to put everything to the test and stick on the road that lead back to Heavenly Father. It's been the best decision I've ever made. I'm a member of this church because I know it's Jesus Christ's church back on the earth in it's fullness. With that fullness here again, I know my purpose here, I know what God has in store for me, I see the big picutre and it makes me so happy.

How I live my faith

I believe that our actions in our private moments of life determine where we stand. I try to remember this daily. Christ lived every moment, every day going about doing good. He had a constant connection with His Father and strived only to do His will. I look to Jesus Christ to know how to live my faith. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone and living it means to strive to do our best to follow the example of Jesus Christ. Publicly, how Mormons live their faith is to gather together to worship every Sunday. In the Church, there are many opportunities to serve other members of the ward (congregation) in different capacities. This service brings members closer to God and cultivates love for their fellow man. Currently, I get to serve in the capacity of being the director for an annual camping trip for the young women of our ward. It's a time where the young women learn about who they are and how they fit into God's plan. It's also a fun time where outdoor skills are learned, and the general enjoyment of the great outdoors. After the camp is over, I will have the opportunity to serve in another capacity. It's a great blessing for me to be able to serve God by serving His children.

Are Mormons Christians?

Emily
Yes! Although we are called Mormons the name of our church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The very name of our church denotes that we believe in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Emily
How could there not be a God? There are so many things that tell me that there is a God. Just to name a few; the earth and all it's beautiful creations, the human body and how it's functions, the relationship between a mother and a child, the emotions we feel, the inventions man has been inspired with, music, and looking up at the stars realizing there is so much more out there, there are so many things! Show more Show less

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

Emily
Temples have been on the earth since the beginning, for example, Solomon's Temple. Temples are sacred places where members of the Church, who are living certain standards, go to learn about themselves, such as; where we came from, why we are here, where are we going after this life, also known as 'The Plan of Salvation'. We learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and what we must do to return to Them. There are sacred ordinances we make in the Temples that bind families eternally. The Temple is the goal for all members of the Church, but when members don't live worthily, they are not prepared to participate. Heavenly Father wants all His children, whether they are Mormon or not, to come to the Temple, but just as 4th graders aren't prepared to attend college, members and nonmembers couldn't fully understand and grasp what the Temple has to offer. That's why it's not talked about, it's not secret, it's sacred. Anyone can go to the Temple when they do what is required to enter. If you want to know more about how you can be prepared to enter the Temple, ask the missionaries! Show more Show less

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

Emily
I recieved this question a lot when I was serving as a missionary. I would explain that we aboslutely believe in the equality of men and women. We as women are just as cherished in the sight of God as men are. We are equal yet we have different roles. Men are given the Priesthood, and women are given the sacred charge of motherhood. The Priesthood is given to men on earth to perform sacred ordinances that are recognized in Heaven that will allow us to return back to the presence of our Heavenly Father. I like to put it this way; women are given the power to create life. They have a partnerhsip with God that allows those Spirits to come here to earth to receive a body. The men are given the power of the Priesthood. The Priesthood is a partnership with God that allows men to officiate in ordinances that will bring God's children back to Him. They are different but equally important. They serve the same purpose which is for us to gain eternal salvation and return to our Heavenly Father. Women in the church hold church positions, teach classes, and we even have an organization within the Church that is just for the women, it's called Relief Society. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Emily
People have faith in something. They may not believe in God but they have faith in a family member, the government of a country, etc. There is always something or someone people look to to find comfort and reassurance to know that everything will be ok. All of these things can and do crumble. The only person we can have sure and true faith in is God. He will always be there. He is the one that can make everything right. It seems that it's harder to have faith in God than in other things. Faith in God is real faith, and it takes work. Faith requires desire, effort, pondering, researching, trust, and continual renewal. It's not easy to have faith all the time, but this life on earth is really all about faith. It is the biggest test of faith we can have. It's up to us individually to require such faith in God and Jesus Christ so that we can recieve the promised blessings of our faith. Show more Show less