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Hi I'm Emily

I was born and raised in Iowa. I'm a wife, a mother, and a graduate student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently living in the intersection of stay-at-home mom and economics PhD student, thanks to a lot of support from my husband and my mom. I like to fill in the cracks with cooking new foods, reading, and the occasional sewing project.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in in a home where both of my parents were active Mormons. They were also members of different political parties, and definitely did not agree about everything. I think their friendly debates and my friends' questions about some of my standards taught me to think through my beliefs and opinions carefully. Sometimes there are questions that we just can't know the answers to without a little help from God. I discovered a lot of those questions while I was growing up, and I'm still working on getting all my answers. But I know a few things for sure. God exists and is very powerful--certainly powerful enough to communicate with us, His children. I know that because He has answered my prayers and told things directly to my heart and mind. One of those things is that He has a plan to help us get back to live with Him again, and that we can learn about that plan and follow it through the church that He has established on earth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's like the sum total of all good things from all good places rolled into one beautiful whole, and then with God's authority to bless us and our families forever. I have to live as consistently as I can with everything I understand to be true so far, and that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I study the scriptures and pray by myself and with my family every day. I also attend church meetings every week, and accept invitations to visit other women or families in my local congregation.