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Hi I'm Emily.

I am a wife, a sister, a mother. An artist of word, thought, and color.

About Me

Native Californian with irrepressible love for truth, family, nature, art, words, yoga, singing, smelling, going barefoot, thinking, listening, writing, making people laugh and feel completely loved. Freelance writer and editor, and full-time mother. One of ten siblings, who are not only my greatest friends, but the people I admire most in the world. Blissfully married to the phenomenon that is my husband. Best person I know. Mother of five incredible individuals who make me laugh and cry and have my entire heart.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I have learned for myself that its message is true ~ and that it really is all it claims to be. I didn't always believe this. My parents raised me in the Mormon faith, but by the time I was fifteen I had chosen my own path and left the church and its teachings. I'd decided that it was their faith but not my own. I lived for the next five years "without God in the world" (Eph. 2:12). I sought for happiness and fulfillment in all the places that the world both subtly and overtly suggests it will be found. Sure I had fun (though it had a low ceiling and usually came with a price), excitement, entertainment, popularity, and no shortage of "things." But I was always empty, always hungry, always aware deep in my soul that there had to be something more. Life as a secular (godless) hedonist (one who primarily pursues pleasure and self-gratification) was truly nothing more than "a night in a stale and cramped third-class hotel" (Neal A. Maxwell). And in my most honest moments, I could not deny that most around me were "living quiet lives of desperation" (Thoreau). After having enough emptiness, lack of purpose, and progression, and a dearth of peace and joy--I considered that perhaps the faith my parents had taught me was true. Like a little child, I started the whole process over as a twenty-year-old--learning the gospel, reading the scriptures, and praying about what I'd read. And most importantly I started to live the teachings of Jesus Christ and put them to the test in my own life. I spent many months investigating this faith and living the gospel firsthand to discover for myself if it was true. Not only did I come to know this with absolute certainty, but was completely changed through Christ by this process of seeking and then living the truth. I have no doubt that the guidance and answers provided through the LDS Church not only bring unending happiness and peace, but the truth we all yearn for regarding the purpose of our life and the life to come.

How I live my faith

My faith is not just something I believe, nor a culture or a group that I'm a part of. I see it as much more than a "religion" I belong to ~ but rather an explanation of "things as they really are" (Jacob 4:13). Or in other words, it's reality. It is the lens through which I see the world, answering the most vital questions mankind has asked since the beginning of time. Questions captured within a painting by Impressionist Paul Gauguin entitled, "Where Do We Come From? What (Why) Are We? Where Are We Going?" These are questions every one of us yearns to understand. In light of this, my faith encompasses so much more than the word "Mormonism" could ever convey. It encompasses ALL truth from God ~ found in any and every religion or individual heart. It explains "the purpose of life" for all of God's children on this earth and the Savior's central role in God's plan for His human family. I love what was said recently: "Bring all that you know is true, good, and praiseworthy—and....come and see if the restored gospel of Jesus Christ enlarges and enriches that which you already believe to be true." (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/come-and-see?lang=eng) I live my faith by trying my best to follow Jesus Christ ~ in how I treat people, what I say, how I spend my time, how I obey God's commandments, how I love. Obeying God's laws offers my life AND my family the greatest protection possible. Families everywhere are falling apart. And yet as we live as God has invited us to live, my family and I can be free ~ from sin-induced pain, addiction in all forms, dishonesty, infidelity, hatred, intolerance, ignorance, and betrayal of our true divine selves as children of God. My faith is the source of every good thing in my life. If you know me personally and see any joy or goodness in my life...I promise, it is absolutely connected to my living faith.