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Hi I'm Emilia

I'm a wife, a mom, a music teacher, Jersey Girl and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my husband for 13 years. It's not that long considering we met at ages 4 and 5, respectively. I graduated college with a degree in Music Education with a concentration in Voice and have enjoyed teaching middle school music, as well as many years of private voice and piano lessons ever since. I am the mother of 5 children; 4 the "traditional" way and 1 that we adopted as a teenager. My hobbies include reading, writing, exercising, singing, hiking, camping and travel. I love long road trips and look for just about any excuse to pile everyone in the car and head out of town for a few days! I was born and raised in New Jersey and only a few years ago did my husband and I move our family to central Ohio for a work opportunity. We try to get back to the east coast often to visit with friends and family, when we aren't driving out to Wyoming and Utah to share time with friends and family there.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by good and loving parents who constantly showed me the best ways to live my religion. My testimony wavered a bit in high school and college as I tried to find my own way, but I always felt in my heart of hearts, the truthfulness of the things I'd been taught in my youth. The summer after I graduated college, I spent a lot of time alone in the clay hills of southwestern Wyoming with my scriptures and journal determined to commit one way or the other. The experiences I had during those months set me firmly on the course I chose. I know that Jesus Christ died for me and you. I believe that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. I trust the words of the scriptures and the words of our living prophet. I'm so grateful for the scriptures and the gospel and the simple truths within them.

How I live my faith

Right now I have the opportunity to serve in our congregation by playing the piano for the children's primary. For two hours each Sunday, I provide music to help invite the spirit and help them know they are in a calm and loving environment, as well as accompany them as they learn to sing the songs that help teach them the gospel. I also enjoy visiting with some of my fellow sisters in the gospel each month through the visiting teaching program. Each month a friend and I visit 3 or 4 sisters in their homes to share a gospel message and learn if there is anything we can do to help them. In the community, I try to be a good friend and neighbor to all those around me. Several times, I have organized neighbors to help share meals with other neighbors who are sick or dealing with some loss. My neighbors caught right on to the idea, and if anything have surpassed me in doing such things!

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Emilia
The names do sound kind of weird if you haven't grown up with them, don't they? I had a co-worker one time who said he'd been invited by a Mormon neighbor to go play basketball at the stake center, only he thought it was a "Steak" center, and that they were apparently going to get lunch after playing ball. He enjoyed the basketball, but there was no slab of meat following the game. ;) In short, "ward" is the term we use for our congregations. People are assigned to wards based on their geographic location. "Branch" is the term for a very small congregation. It may have just enough people to fill most of the callings within, but none to spare. A "stake" is a group of wards and branches in a particular geographic location. Something like a diocese for Catholics. The stake comes together as a whole for meetings and activities a few times a year. Show more Show less