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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a Marine Biologist, a Student, a Daughter, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

 I grew up in the Church in Northern Ohio. My parents met the missionaries after they were married, but before I was born. They were the first members of my family to join the Latter-Day Saint Church. Both of my parents loved my family and serving the Lord. My brothers, one older and one younger, and myself went to numerous sporting events, concerts, scouting activities, and every thing in between to show our love and support for each other. Family is very important to us. I was 1 of 5 Latter-Day Saints in a high school of 4,500 students. I played soccer, badminton, the cello, and was back stage for high school theater productions. I have sold many cookies, earned badges, and spent more then one night in a damp tent. As a child, I wanted to become a Marine Biologist, and knew that I would have to head towards the ocean to accomplish this. In 2005, I headed to Maine to make this dream a reality. I studied very hard, learned how to sail, how to scuba dive, how to install siding on a house, how to make an amazing cake, and many other things during my college years. After I graduated in 2009, the university that I attended hired me to assist in the rehabilitation of injured and stranded marine mammals and sea turtles. Learning new things is a large aspect of my life, and I will be probably be taking class, reading books, and asking questions for a long time.

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon, because I choose to be. True, I did grow up in the Church, but I had to gain my very own testimony. As a child I memorized songs, stories, and scriptures but it was not until I was 12 that I gained my own testimony. I was challenged by a teacher to pray aloud and in private to my Heavenly Father. Praying aloud was something that I had done many times before, but never in private. As I knelt down in my room, I honestly felt a little bit silly, but just moments after I began my prayer a huge comforting spirit feel upon me. It felt wonderful and natural. As if I was talking to someone sitting on the edge of my bed. At the conclusion of that prayer I received testament of the Lords love for me, and that I was truly one of His daughters. Now that I am on my own and miles from my family, I know that the Lord is always there when I need Him. The love and strength I feel by knowing that I am a child of God, is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I stand as witness of God at all times, in all things, and in all places. I am surrounded by people who are not members of the Church. People that I live with, work with, learn with, and socialize with often do not know any other members of the Latter Day Saint Church. I am an example to them each and everyday. The words I say, the conversations I join, the music I listen too, the movies I watch, the clothes I wear, the way I treat people, and my general attitude are all things that people see. At Church, I have the opportunity to work with the Youth, more specifically the girls ages 12 to 18. We are able to talk about the blessings and trials in their lives and help them to realize that they are choice Daughters of God.