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Hi I'm Emily

I am a nurse and a Navy wife. I grew up in eastern Oregon. I love music, flowers, and spending time with my husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town, and I loved it. I enjoy playing in the mountains, exploring mysterious dirt roads, and picking huckleberries. I always feel close to my Heavenly Father when I am outside enjoying nature. Music has been a huge part of my life. I started playing the piano at age five and love to play. Later, I added flute, voice, and guitar. I also love to read and learn. One of my greatest accomplishments was finished this spring when I graduated with my bachelor's degree and became a registered nurse. Helping people when they are sick or injured is something that brings me great joy and satisfaction with life. I started another great adventure this summer by marrying my sweetheart in the Portland, Oregon LDS temple for time and eternity. I am learning the joys and sorrows of being a Navy wife. We are proud to have the privilege of sacrificing to serve our country. I spend my days reading, scrapbooking, cooking, and waiting for my husband to come home so we can seize a few hours together. That makes me happier than anything.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, so it has always been a part of my life. However, my choice to be a Mormon is not just because it is a habit or because I was raised this way. I know that this is the true church. It is the same gospel that was taught by Jesus Christ when he was on the earth, and he restored it in these days through the prophet Joseph Smith. Through Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, a record from ancient America that acts as another witness of Christ, was translated. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. Through the gospel, I know the answers to the great questions of life. I know that I lived with my Heavenly Father before I came here, and that I am here to learn, be tested, and grow so that I can return to Him and become like Him. One of the most glorious doctrines of the gospel is that of eternal families. I can be with my husband and the rest of my family forever. This gives me great comfort in my life, especially as people that I love pass out of this life. This is a gospel of joy and hope. Jesus Christ came to the earth so that we could all be redeemed and return to our Father in Heaven. He doesn't just want to save a select few of us; it is possible for us all to receive salvation if we will follow the path that Christ gave us. I do not know these things just based on what has been preached to me by church leaders or what I have read; I know that this is the truth because the Holy Ghost has testified to my heart and mind. Heavenly Father doesn't leave us to rely on men. He sent a messenger to us so that we could know the truth.

How I live my faith

The Mormon faith is one of love and service. All of the positions in our church are filled by members who are unpaid volunteers. I have had the wonderful opportunity to serve with the youth, with young children, and with young adults in different positions. Right now, I get to teach a Sunday School class of 5-7 year olds. I love going to church and learning from the children as I teach them every week. I also get to visit several sisters from the congregation each month to see how they are doing, discuss the gospel with them, and help them in any way I can. Aside from my official church service, I strive to live with an attitude of service in everything that I do. I find great joy in community service. My husband and I feel that serving in the military right now is our way of showing our love of America and our gratitude for the privileges that we have.