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Hi I'm Emily!

I'm a wife, mother of four and a California native who seriously dislikes snow...except on Christmas. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, mother of four kids ages 6 to 16, writer, exerciser, shopper, reader, social media-er and dessert maker. When I'm not driving carpool, stepping on LEGOs or drinking an icy cold Diet Coke (with pebble ice, of course) I am doing my writing thing for my site isthisREALLYmylife.com. In my "spare" time I serve as the Wolf Scout leader, support my husband in his latest endeavors as full-time software engineer and part-time entrepreneur; enjoy spin class, yoga and Pilates; participate in the occasional sprint triathlon and women's cycling event; and get all social with social media. My latest favorite quote? "Be the most brilliant color in the box.'

Why I am a Mormon

Because I was born that way. Kidding! Well, the part about being born Mormon is true but that's not why I am a Mormon. Sure, it's easy enough to continue with something you've known your entire life, but at some point you have to stop and question whether it's what you really want to do. And yes, being Mormon is something I really want to do. Not only do I believe LDS doctrine to be true and inspired--and not only do I believe we have a true and living prophet--I also believe this is a fantastic way to live my life and raise a family. The guidance (and accompanying peace) the gospel brings me is priceless. The opportunities for service, the timeless precepts, the gift of the Holy Ghost and the promised blessings are why I am a Mormon...even when it's not easy to be one. Here is what I know: * I know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me and have a plan for me. * I know they are there for me no matter what. * I know our family can be together forever. * I know there is hope and love and peace and forgiveness and understanding. How do I know these things (and so much more)? Because I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? Some days better than others. It should be easy to live a faith in which you strongly believe, but I am only human after all...and the world is such an enticing place. Fortunately I know living my faith is what makes me truly happy, so I do my best at doing just that. Right now I work with the young women in our church (ages 12 to 18) helping them with their Personal Progress goals. (The Personal Progress program is a goal-setting and achievement program in the Church.) I also serve whenever or whenever asked, be it teaching the younger children, helping with church family activities, bringing in meals or participating in service projects. As far as daily living my faith, I try to be a positive example of my beliefs so those who know me will have a pretty good idea of what it means to be Mormon. Though not as vociferous as some when it comes to my membership in the Church, I don't shy away from talking about it, online or off.

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes. Our church is called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a reason. It centers around Christ and His teachings. We are Christian. End of story. Show more Show less

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

We are just like you. We love, we hope, we worry, we stress, we fail, we succeed, we get frustrated, we shop, we travel. We work, we stay at home, we serve, we exercise, we get involved in our communities. We are moms, sisters, wives, mothers, grandmothers, friends, aunts, cousins. Sounds familiar? And when it comes to equality, we are all children of our Heavenly Father and he loves us all equally. Men do not rule over the women, but they do hold the priesthood and have a sacred responsibility to uphold it and use it righteously. We women have our own share of sacred responsibilities, so I'd say it's pretty dang fair all around! Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No, Mormons do not only help Mormons. The "charity never faileth" belief of our Relief Society would be pretty hypocritical if that were the case! Along with our ongoing service efforts, the LDS church provides humanitarian aid whenever a need arises, be it a natural or man-made disaster. Along with our substantial humanitarian center, we have an impressive list of LDS charities and philanthropies helping and serving people worldwide. Show more Show less