Hi I'm Emma
I grew up in the Midwest, in the heart of "Amish Country". I'm a single working mom. I'm a student. I'm a writer. I'm a Mormon.
My father was raised Amish and my mother, various other denominations throughout her childhood. My parents were both converts and I was born into the church. I am the second of seven children and now have three children of my own. I am a single mom, I work and I go to school. Like most people, I have not been spared trials in my life. Coming from a heritage rich in family values, I never thought I would be divorced. While it is hard to feel accepted at times, I made the choice long ago that I would not be a victim. I have a love of music that began before I started playing the piano at age four. I find that music can be uplifting, inspirational, comforting and empowering. Together with playing the piano and singing, I am also a music "junkie", constantly adding tunes to the collection I lovingly refer to as the soundtrack of my life. In addition to music, I am an avid writer and one day hope to be on a best-seller list.
I am a Mormon simply because I was born into the church. My parents were and still are devout members. I have remained a Mormon because I have seen first-hand the joy living the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings into my life. I am not nor have I ever been perfect. While I refuse to let my trials define me, I recognize they have refined me. I realize that I am the one writing my story now and my walk with the Savior is a crucial part of that journey.
I have served in the church in many ways for as long as I remember. I have worked with the littlest nursey children, the youth and even presented lessons to adults. I have directed the choir, played the piano and even fumbled through the service on the organ. On occassion I have been asked to serve in positions for which I have felt inadequate. However, I have never said no to the opportunity and while I may not have been the best at it, I can definitely say I am better for it. I strive to maintain a Christ-centered home, keeping an open dialogue with my children about our faith and our family values. It's important to me that they discover the Savior's influence in their lives for themselves. I feel that regular family prayers, scripture study and family nights are essential to their spiritual well-being.