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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a southern girl without the accent. I'm a wife, mother, part-time employee, and cancer survivor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to laugh. A lot. I'm not even above a pun if the occasion calls for it. There, I said it. I also adore food. 99% of the time that I think about how lucky my husband is to be married to me, it's right after I've cooked dinner. 99% of the time that I think about how lucky I am to be married to him, it's because he's the kindest man on the planet. We'll call that evenly yoked. I served a mission in Ontario, I've served in a wide variety of church positions, I work part-time counting beans, and I spend most of my time trying to keep up with the brightest and most hilarious toddler I've ever met. My daughter gives me joy and hope everyday. And quite a few laughs. I've also had uterine cancer. I've often wondered if people get annoyed with me for bringing up my cancer. In many people's minds, I conquered it, it's over, and we move on, but the thing about it is, it's never over for me. Being grateful I didn't have to have chemo, being heartbroken I had to have a hysterectomy, being elated that I would live to see my child grow, it's part of my every day. I can no more separate myself from it than I can from the color of my eyes. As I think on those things, and as they effect every major decision I will ever make again, I can't help but ponder the goodness of the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a very curious person. Although my parents raised us in this religion, I always had many questions. I recall many times when a serious question would come into my mind, and I would be unable to focus on anything else until I had found an answer. I remember some of them being so serious in my mind that I knew that if I could not find peace on the matter, I would not be able to continue in the religion that my family had raised us in. I remember thinking in discontent on what that would mean for my family relationships. However, I found that as I searched out the answers, and as I prayed, I always found my answers both logically and spiritually. I also discovered that many of the things that I thought nothing of, were actually blessings of living the teachings of this church. Our home life was peaceful and happy, and perhaps because of this, I'm still very close to my parents, brothers, and sisters. Now that I'm married and have a sweet and hilarious daughter, I would consider peace to still be one of the greatest blessings I have. The closer I follow these principles, the happier I am. When it comes down to it, I'm here because I like to be happy.

How I live my faith

I've had the opportunity to serve in many ways, and I've found that there is no substitution for trying to put someone else first. I especially love working with the very young children. Their innocence, huge personalities, endless capacity to love, and amazing ability to absorb makes them dear to my heart. It's easier for me to concentrate on the big picture, be calm and patient, find humor in life, and feel the guidance of the Lord in general, as I dedicate some of my time to His other children.