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Hi I'm Emily

I love new adventures and challenges, from barrel racing horses to working with children with special needs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a sister, friend, and daughter. I come from a large extended family and love getting together and visiting and eating while watching my younger cousins. I love trying new things and understanding how people think and learn. I love horseback riding, snow and water skiing, ice skating, dancing, and traveling. I love to write and create, especially through journaling and scrapbooking. Preserving the memories and events from my life allows me to have them to look back on and for my future kids to someday understand who I was when I was their age. I'm a college student majoring in special education and looking forward to the opportunity to help others. I firmly believe that each person has the opportunity to be the answer to someone else's prayers; I know I've seen it happen in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I don't continue to live the life of a Mormon just because my parents chose it. Growing up in The Church provided me with a strong network of love, faith, and opportunities to learn and teach. It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child and in The Church, it takes a congregation, not because parents are unable to raise children on their own, but because having a supportive network of people who live and want similar things is a great resource. There was a time in my life that I questioned everything I had been taught about God and His existence. I still prayed but felt that no one was listening to me and doubted everything to do with religion. Those days were some of the lowest in my life. One day, almost out of nowhere, it was like a light bulb turned on and I realized that the hope and faith I had had in Christ and His church had made all the difference in my life. Since that day, continual experiences, blessings, and moments of personal revelation have strengthened my testimony. I cannot deny that God lives. Jesus Christ lives. Death is not the end. Through temples- sacred houses of God on the earth- we have the opportunity to make promises with God and live in such a way that we can be with our families forever, not only until "death do us part." All things bear witness of their Creator. When you look up at the night sky, or take in the mountains and oceans and beauty around you, or when you hold a newborn baby, how can you believe that all those things "just happened" - all of the beauty and love and goodness in the universe testifies of its Creator.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to follow Jesus Christ's example. I follow the standards the Lord has given such as using clean language, dressing modestly as a means of respecting the body He has given me, serving others, and preserving the sacred powers of procreation for a marital relationship. I attend church services every Sunday to partake of the sacrament and learn more about the gospel. I also attend church activities during the week which provide opportunities to form and strengthen friendships, reach out to those around me, have fun, and strengthen my testimony. Twice a year (in April and October) a general conference of The Church is held and broadcasted throughout the world. During these weekends, The Lord's prophets and apostles on the earth today speak the words of Christ and offer guidance and direction in how we, His children, can become more like Him and return to Him. In my congregation (also called a ward) I accept positions of service such as teaching Sunday School and helping with activities. While I strive to do and be my best, I know that I fall short. I recognize and am forever grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ which gives me the ability to overcome my shortcomings. I know that Christ suffered and took upon Himself my sins, mistakes, weaknesses, pains, and sorrows in order to know how to help me and offer me strength and relief when I am in need. I know that when I do feel alone or when I do the wrong thing, Christ always stands ready with outstretched hands wanting to lift me up and help me fix my mistakes. I know that Christ is able to resolve all mistakes, injustices, sorrows, and heartaches. I have seen and felt miracles in my life and in the lives of others. He lives and is the only way to true and lasting happiness.