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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a pianist and music teacher. I love to cook, swim, run, and ride motorcycles with my husband...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have loved music since I was a little girl. I have had the opportunity to perform as a pianist in many different venues, and have loved it! I was involved with the Miss America organization for a few years, and competed in Miss Utah and made it to the semi-finals. I have always loved teaching piano lessons, and continue to do so to this day. I recently finished my graduate training in Piano Performance, and am thrilled to have the intensity of that particular program behind me now. I also love the great outdoors, and particularly enjoy biking, swimming, walking, running, playing soccer, or anything else that gets my heart pumping. I have run two half-marathons and hope to complete a triathlon or two at some point in the future. I have a huge sweet tooth or pehaps 2 or 3 sweet teeth, and absolutely love baking! My favorite sweet treat in the whole world is a freshly baked, gooey chocolate chip cookie!! To top it all off...I have the most amazing husband in the whole world! I love him more than anything or anyone else, and look forward to the eternity we will get to spend together!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Utah, and had a great upbringing in a Latter-Day Saint family. I was surrounded by Mormons at school, work, and in my neighborhood. When I turned 22, I moved to Texas to pursue my Master's degree in Piano. Although I have missed all my wonderful friends in Utah, I love being able to talk about my beliefs with so many people around me now who are unfamiliar with what Mormon's believe. Rather than having the majority of my friends, neighbors and associates be Mormon, it is the exact opposite now. Most of my friends, neighbors and associates are not Mormon. Being here is very different than being in Utah, and I truly love it. I feel like my own beliefs have been solidified and expanded as I have met people from all different religious backgrounds. I love being able to casually converse with my friends and co-workers about religion in general and enjoy asking other people about their own religious beliefs because so often there are similarities to what the LDS church teaches, which gives us a sense of commonality rather than difference. Usually I get the opportunity to share my own testimony about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which is very special to me. I am a Mormon because the Mormon faith gives answers that make sense to many of my questions. I love the Plan of Salvation, the teachings about the Atonement's power to cleanse us from sin, the sealing power that binds families on earth and in heaven, the opportunity to serve and contribute as a member, the teachings about the importance of strengthening families, the teachings about living moral and chaste lives and being true and faithful to covenants made in the holy temple, the opportunity for resurrection, and the list goes on. Even though there are still some things that I don't have perfect answers to, I feel like the Mormon church gives me enough answers and certainty to carry on in faith while leaving the unanswered questions in God's hands.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity to serve and contribute in a variety of ways at church. Because of my musical background I have been able to perform and assist with the music in our congregation. It has been a wonderful opportunity to use the gifts and talents I have been given to contribute and make a difference in the lives of those around me. I also have the opportunity to teach the young 3-4 year old children about Jesus Christ and His love for them in a primary class. This has been such a blessing, and I love doing it without any thought for reward or recognition, which is something that is so special about the Mormon church. Everyone who serves and contributes does so without receiving any monetary compensation. Each member is asked to give freely of his/her time to helping the church function properly. I serve where I am asked because I feel that God blesses me for serving, and I feel like it helps me to become a more loving and compassionate person. Another aspect of the church that I love is the emphasis that is placed on getting to know those within our congregations. I go out with another woman in my congregation to visit six different women who go to our church each month. We usually meet them at their home and visit with them briefly and give them a short spiritual thought. However, sometimes we'll meet them for lunch or dessert or a walk at the park, and we always love these visits. This monthly service gives us the opportunity to make new friends, reach out of our comfort zone, and share something that will hopefully strengthen the other women we visit. Although I am not even close to being perfect in any aspect, I do try to live my Faith the best I can. I recognize that two important things happen as I try to live my Faith: First, I draw closer to my Savior Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father, and second, I am blessed with a greater desire to try to make a positive contribution to those around me. These are beautiful blessings!