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Hi I'm Emily.

I'm a wife. I'm a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Emily. I've been married for a little over two years now to the best man in the world! I'm currently working as a technical writer, and a developmental editor. I'm addicted to the written word. I always need to have new books! If I'm not sitting and reading a book, I'm probably listening to one while cleaning or cooking. One day, I hope to publish a novel of my own. In the mean time, I'm enjoying learning to be a good wife. I'm learning new recipes, and I'm trying to learn to sew (so far I can almost stitch a straight line).

Why I am a Mormon

The church has always made sense to me. I can't remember a time when I didn't have a testimony. The closest thing I can compare it to is intuition. Some people have an intuitive knowledge of math or science. I've been blessed with an intuitive sense of spiritual closeness with my Heavenly Father, and it is a feeling I relish. With that spiritual blessing, how can I not be a member of the church? If I know something is true and good, I make it an integral part of my life. That's not to say I haven't had my struggles. There have been times when I've felt pain, discouragement and fear. But my knowledge of the gospel has, eventually, helped me through the crisis. I hope that I will always continue to be faithful.

How I live my faith

For the past year, my husband and I served on the Ward Activities committee. We planned social events for the ward. When we were first called, I was so surprised. I've never been a social butterfly and I knew the calling would require a lot of social interaction. I would be responsible for coordinating, and planning activities. I would also need to make sure that everyone felt involved and comfortable. In essence, I would be like a hostess. Even though I was nervous, my husband and I accepted the calling. It turned out to be such a blessing. I met so many wonderful people. I felt blessed to be able to help my new friends have a good time. It was also a pleasure to be able to serve with my husband. We grew closer as we relied on each other to make appointments and get the activities rolling. Despite my worries, I loved the whole experience.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Emily.
We believe that God loves all his children, no matter what their beliefs. We also believe that, before this life, we all existed as one big family. We are all brothers and sisters, children of God. To ignore the needs of another person, would be to ignore one of God's children, and one of our own spiritual siblings. I have many memories of helping both Mormons and those of other belief systems. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Emily.
Our Thirteenth Article of Faith puts it nicely, I think. "If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." We try to fill our lives with good things, like service, religion, education, family and friends. We encourage development of talents. I think it's the kind of life everyone wants.    Show more Show less

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

Emily.
No. Not at all. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Emily.
Mormons believe that we are saved by grace after all that we can do. In other words, we give the best effort we can. Nevertheless, no human being can ever save themselves. After our very best effort, Christ intercedes on our behalf. It is only through Christ's infinite atonement that we can be saved. Show more Show less

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

Emily.
I think we're pretty great. Really, I have met some of the most amazing women, right here in the church. I've met women who have raised eight or more children, who have started their own businesses, who write novels, who participate in local government, who paid their own way through college, who give humanitarian aid, who are amazing teachers, and so on and so forth. Do I believe that Moromons believe in the equality of men and women? Definately. For example, my husband and I are equal partners. We both work hard to make our family become a more perfect family. We make our family decisions together, and we each encourage the other in reaching personal goals. My husband has encouraged me in both my career goals, and my domestic goals. And he does the dishes without being asked.  Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Emily.
No. It was practised in the early church, but not anymore. Some groups broke off from the church and still practice polygamy, but these groups are not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They have seperate doctrines and leadership. Show more Show less