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Hi I'm Emily G.

I grew up in a large family in Ohio. I'm a college graduate, a happy wife, and the mother of five children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Ohio, the second child in a family of nine children. My parents are devoted to each other, their children, and the gospel, and my brothers and sisters and I benefitted greatly from being part of their family. I LOVE to read. My favorite old book is Pride and Prejudice, and my favorite new book keeps changing. Since getting married, I've gotten a taste for science fiction and fantasy literature and British television shows, which are interests my husband has. I've always enjoyed sports--soccer being my favorite--and music. I play the piano and the violin, and I love to sing. I attended my favorite four-year university and achieved a Bachelor of Science there in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. I really enjoyed all my school years. I excel at school, and made many friends both in and out of the church that I still keep in contact with. I met my husband at college. We were in the same church congregation there, and I roomed with his sister for a few months before we got married. It didn't take us long to figure out we loved being together. Our favorite date should have been a disaster. We got caught in a traffic jam for three hours. But we talked the whole time and still remember it fondly. My husband is funny, patient, friendly, and considerate. We have now been married for almost ten years, and have five beautiful, smart children. I have the privilege of staying home with them every day. I love my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I think I started out as a Mormon simply because my parents were. We went to church every Sunday and my family was very active in every church activity. I thank God for it now, that I didn't have a hard time trying to find the church. It was just presented to me from the time I was born by faithful parents who knew of its truthfulness. That, for me, is a special blessing. I remember wondering at one point if I knew if the gospel of Jesus Christ was true, as presented by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I had many friends of many faiths growing up. Why couldn't it be their church and not mine that was the right one? But the answer is that it's always made so much sense. I don't know how else to explain it besides that. When I asked myself or God if it was true, I just felt like "Of course it is. You already know that." And I think that's accurate. I have always known that the truths I was presented with at church were correct. As time goes by and I understand more and more, I become more firmly anchored in my knowledge. The gospel makes me happy in a way nothing else could. I have seen friends and family members suffer through uncertainties, challenges, and trials. I have gone through some as well. Loss of jobs, deaths of family members, and even the little day-to-day frustrations can cause heartache and worry and irritation. The gospel of Jesus Christ can take that away, and lessen our burdens, if we just put it to use in our lives. Through faith in the power of the Atonement, though I'm sure it will take me a lifetime to truly understand, I know that I will see those who have died again after this life and that I can return to live with my Heavenly Father as I try daily to be a better person and repent when I make mistakes. I am a Mormon because these truths are an anchor for my soul, and I can't imagine trying to live life without them. The knowledge I have is a comfort and a blessing, and I rely on it every single day.

How I live my faith

I've had the opportunity to live my faith every day. The LDS church teaches that the highest, holiest callings are in the family. I am a mother, and I love it. Not everyone has the opportunity I do, to be a stay-at-home mom, and I'm extremely grateful for it, even on the hard days. At church I've done many things over the years. My husband and I had the chance when we had been married a few years to teach a class full of just-barely-married students how to be good husbands and wives and parents. I love that this church has instruction on how to improve in all areas of life, not just specifically faith. That was one of my favorite assignments. We learned as we taught, and our fantastic marriage now is in part due to that class. A few years ago I played the piano for our children's organization. There is a whole fantastic book full of songs centered around the gospel, explaining it in easy terms. They are honestly some of my favorite songs, and I loved to listen to these truths being sung every Sunday by children. Recently I've been teaching a women's class (from age 18 up) principles of the gospel. I have learned so much from the discussions that have come out of those lessons. Everyone has so much valuable insight to offer, no matter where they are in life. I live my faith daily by being honest and kind, by trying hard to look out for the people around me, and offering assistance whenever it is in my power. I try to teach my children to be good people and to love the Lord, as I do.