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Hi I'm Emily

I am an average everyday person with strong convictions. I haven't done anything the world would consider amazing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mom. I graduated college with a bachelors degree in Exercise and Sports Science. I love to be outdoors, especially around water; waterskiing, wakeboarding, etc. Other hobbies include trying different crafts, hiking, exploring, and learning new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that has great mormon pioneer heritage; quite a few of my ancestors traveled through the plains to the Salt Lake valley. I was taught from birth about the gospel from family, especially parents and grandparents. I chose to be baptized at age 8. In my late teens, after some difficult choices, I began to remember what it felt like when I followed God's commandments compared to when I didn't. Since that time, I have committed to doing what the Lord would have me do because that is when I am the happiest and that is when life doesn't seem overwhelming. Being a Mormon has helped me know what I should be doing and helped me control my life instead of letting my life control me.

How I live my faith

I served an LDS mission in Ecuador where I taught the people there about the Mormon church but I also served them by helping build community resources. Currently in the LDS church, I work with children from toddlers up to age 12. I love teaching them about all of God's creations and how we know God and Jesus love each and everyone of us. I love helping them understand that being obedient to God's commandments will help us enjoy life and show God we love him. Also, I try to live my life in a way that I would be happy and comfortable if I could see my Savior, Jesus Christ standing right next to me. Although I fail many times, I am happy in my efforts and constantly seek to do better.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Emily
God gave man agency so we can act for ourselves and not to be acted upon. The Word of Wisdom is a commandment that God gave to Joseph Smith to help us act and have control over our bodies instead of allowing our bodies to control our actions. The Word of Wisdom discusses items that we should (grains, fruit, vegetables, meats, etc.) and shouldn't (drugs, alcohol, etc.) take into our bodies. It discusses consumption of food in moderation and proper care for our bodies. If we obey this commandment, we will be blessed with strength and health. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Emily
Before being born to this earth, every person lived with God as a spirit personage. Before the earth was created, God gave us the gift of agency which is the ability for a person to choose whether act for his/herself or to be acted upon, usually by the consequences of that choice. In order to maintain that same agency here on earth, God allowed man to choose. This means both choosing the right and the wrong. Wrong choices generally lead to sin and makes us unclean and unfit to return to God's presence. Jesus Christ came as our Savior to pay the price of our sins so that we could ask God for forgiveness and repent, make recompence and turn away from sin, and we could be made clean and fit to return to His presence. Jesus Christ has also made it so we might live again, as His lives. Men are born to this earth and because of this man must die. In death, our spirit personage is separated from our physical body. Jesus gave us the gift of resurrection, the ability for a spirit and physical body to be reunited in a perfect form. At Easter time, we celebrate Jesus Christ as our Savior because during this time Christ paid for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and then was crucified on the cross. And although he was dead for 3 days, He was resurrected and we in turn will be resurrected after our passing. If we repent and ask God for forgiveness, our sins can be forgive and we will return back to God's presence. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Emily
 There are many benefits to self reliance. These benefits are both short term and long term but also provide financial and emotional stability. When you have short term and long term money saved, there are less worries about job loss, vehicle emergency repairs, or medical emergencies. I just recently have enjoyed the benefits of having extra supplies around the house food, personal care, water, etc. Recently when a water main broke in front of our home, we were without running water for a day but had stored water. We could use small amounts to rinse dishes, wash bodies, and drink. Also by having extra food and personal supplies around, I can save money by waiting for sale prices and use coupons instead of buying the item at regular price because I need it. It also helps if plans change unexpectedly and I need make extra food. Mostly, I can feel relaxed that if there were any problems and we couldn't make it to a store or couldn't afford the food, we would still have food to eat. Show more Show less

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

Emily
God is a God of order, not a God of chaos. He knows and understands exactly how the laws of the universe work. Because of His knowledge, He knew exactly what needed to be organized in order for the Earth to form, for plants to grow, and for animals to develop. I find it hard to believe that we were just lucky enough to simply happen. After studying anatomy and how human bodies work, I know that we are a divine creation. Our bodies are so complex and so intricate there is no doubt that we were organized and formed this way for a reason. Our bodies, although sometimes fragile, have built in back-ups and healing properties; cells regenerate, bones grow, body systems work together. Not only just our bodies but all the living plants and animals around us provide additional proof that we were created and organized by a loving God who wants us to learn and grow of our own accord. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Emily
The best way I can answer this question is to provide an example. What do you do when you receive the best service at a store or restaurant? What do you do when you find something that brings you joy, peace, hope, excitement, etc? You have a desire to share it with everyone. You post it on Facebook, Twitter, a blog, etc. This is what happens with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The gospel of Jesus Christ fills us so much that we just want to share, especially with friends and neighbors. The same goes with those who choose to serve missions. They realize that what they have in their life is so great, so important that they have to share it. They willingly put school, work, family, and friends on hold to share the wonderful message of what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints can add to their lives. Show more Show less