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Hi I'm Emily

I live in Lakeville, Minnesota and am the mom of four boys. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm am a bookworm and will usually have three or four books that I'm reading at any given time, plus listening to a good book in the car. I like to cook and always like to figure out how to make things taste good without making them (too) unhealthy. I'm learning that vegetables are not the enemy. I'm an occupational therapist and work in the field of home health, so I do a lot of visiting people in their homes. I have learned to love people from all walks of life, from all backgrounds, and this has helped me start to see people the way Jesus and Heavenly Father see all of us. My husband and I have four boys who keep our lives interesting and fun. Our youngest son is still at home with us, and the older three are living on their own, working and getting through college. Our youngest was diagnosed with Lyme disease, so we have had a challenging time trying to help him slowly recover from that. I am starting to home school him and am discovering I am never too old to relearn things like Biology and Geometry.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Midwest and was raised as a Latter-Day Saint. While I was only one of a handful of Mormons in my neighborhood and in school, I found friends of all faiths who shared my values and kept me on the right path. It is easy to take for granted something precious if you have always had it. I have learned to value my testimony of the restored gospel and continually strengthen it. My testimony did not come all of a sudden; rather, it was a gradual progression of learning truths, accepting them, and living them.

How I live my faith

In my ward (congregation), I currently work with the teenagers, specifically the girls ages 12-13. I'm amazed at the strength some of these young girls have shown when they tell about situations that arise with friends and school and how they have dealt with them. They give me hope and inspire me to do better. They are also a lot of fun! One thing our family has tried to do consistently is to have weekly Family Night. We take turns and someone prepares a short lesson on some gospel principle or scripture, we play a game together (Apples to Apples is the game of choice these days) and always have a treat of some sort at the end. Its a way for us to relax and talk with our kids, laugh, have fun, and enjoy being a family.