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Hi I'm Emily

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and love outdoor adventures! I am an executive assistant; more importantly, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 28, single and a woman. I work in Real Estate. One of the dreams I have for my life is to be involved in humanitarian work around the world. I am starting now and hope to never stop. There is no greater joy than loving others. I enjoy the simple things in life- being in the water on a hot, sunny day; running barefoot in the rain; walking through a grove of thick trees; playing on swings at the park; watching a good movie. I LOVE to sail! I have the most wonderful family and friends, most of whom I have met through church. Life is so wonderful but it's hard. I was born into a wonderful family but we make mistakes, in our case there were some very, very big mistakes made that caused our growing up years to be very difficult. Looking back what I see is that as we each chose, as individuals, to follow the Savior we grew very close in our love for one another. The gospel of Jesus Christ saved my family and continues to save my family. As I struggle in life with health issues and big decisions and mistakes, the immovable anchor of the gospel gives me courage and strength and wonderful friendships. How can I not feel blessed? I hope that every person, every child of God, will seek such blessings in their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before they were married, so I was extremely blessed to be raised knowing that God is real, that He has a Son who sacrificed everything for my sake, and that our family can be together forever if we choose it. Yes, I was raised a Mormon but I distinctly remember several key points in my life where I chose for myself that I would BE a Mormon. There are two reasons I keep making that decision. One reason is because of what the structure of the Church has to offer- the programs, the social aspect (no matter where I live I know I have a built in family), the classes, etc. The Church has an unbelievable structure built to teach us to become stronger people and support us in our struggles. The second, and more important, reason I continue faithful to my upbringing is what we call "the gospel." This is the eternal truths. This is the teachings of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the all encompassing plan of the Father- the one who loves us the most. Even as a child I could feel that what I was learning was truth. For as long as I can remember the deepest desire I had was to have a close relationship with my Heavenly Father and to feel His love and approval. It is probably that desire more than anything that summarizes why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I LOVE to serve in my Church. My sister once told me I treat my volunteer assignments at church like a hobby. It has to be because I really enjoy serving the people. They just grow in you and it's easy to see how God could love us all so much. I am currently serving as the president of the women's organization in my congregation. Our service opportunities are not something we aspire to or petition for; there is no voting. In everything, our leaders pray about who God wants to serve in specific positions in His church and then ask if we would serve. It is a delight to be able to spend time getting to know the wonderful women in my congregation. They are each unique and individual and God loves every single one- it is amazing, really. I know that by loving and serving these women I am also loving and serving my God who blesses my life every single day because He loves me.