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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a passionate and energetic individual who loves to embrace life. My new husband (married in May 2011) likes to say that I love to laugh big and cry big! I am a Program Operations Manager for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I enjoy reading all kinds of books, especially Nicholas Sparks and John Grisham. I love to walk in nature, be creative and artistic, travel, play board games, watch movies and go to the theater. I'm passionate about history and will never pass up the opportunity to tour a historical museum which makes the Washington DC area a perfect one for me! I love to work hard, play hard, enjoy my family, and support my friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I embrace the idea that my family can be eternal if we choose to follow God's plan. I love big, and I cannot believe that a loving Father in Heaven would allow us to develop precious family relationships in this life just to have them end at death. I appreciate the ability to know that I am a precious Daughter of God and that He loves me. I believe that Jesus Christ came to this Earth to provide an example and died that I might return to live with my Father in Heaven, Savior Jesus Christ, and my beloved family. I am grateful to have the faith and understanding that trials are put in place to help us grow and become stronger. I believe in the Bible and the established order given by Jesus Christ with a prophet and apostles to follow Him and lead His church. I believe that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love this generation as much as past generations and would provide us with no less than a prophet and apostles to guide us. I know that through my faith, obedience, and willingness to endure I will return to see my Father in Heaven, my eldest brother and Savior Jesus Christ, and my family who I adore.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day by being honest with those who I work with and associate with. I live my faith by teaching the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ found in the Bible and Book of Mormon to the youth of this generation. I live my faith by serving others and trying to refrain from judgement or anger towards another of God's children. I live my faith by participating in wholesome activities that are positive and uplifting such as meditation, spending time in nature, being creative, and enjoying books and movies. I live my faith by preparing to have my own family and preparing to raise my children to know they are sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father. I live my faith by praying to my Heavenly Father each day to ask for forgiveness of my sins, thank Him for blessings I have been given, and ask for His assistance and hand in my life.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Emily
Mormons live very much like everyone else. They embrace joy and family. We laugh together, enjoy hobbies and activities, spend time with our friends (both Mormon and non-Mormon), teach our children and families about Jesus Christ, and more. We have a weekly family night where we can spend time together participating in fun activities such as bike rides, movies, crafts, cooking, enjoying nature, playing games, visiting historical sites, and more. We encourage anything that builds family relationships and is positive and uplifting. We attend congregational church talent shows, go to the beach, participate in Boy Scouts, attend church sponsored dances, etc. We study the Bible and Book of Mormon daily both personally and with our families to gain a greater understanding of Heavenly Father's love for us and our purpose and role in this life. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Emily
My new husband and I have known eachother for the past five and a half years and had been dating for a little over a year and a half before we were married. As an individual with Multiple Sclerosis and Fibromyalgia and having a husband who endured a very difficult and abusive childhood, we have endured many trials together. Many tears have been shed in one another's arms. He truly is my very best friend. I believe in a Heavenly Father who would allow me to spend eternity with my best friend and the family we raise. I believe in a Heavenly Father who understands the pure love between a husband and wife and the love a parent has for their child. I know He would never endorse a plan that only allowed that love to exist till death. I know that when we are sealed together under the Authority of God as mentioned by the prophet Elijah, we can be together for eternity. I have spent many hours laughing, crying, learning, growing, loving, cherishing, and enjoying my husband and best friend. I know that I will have eternity to continue with him. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Emily
As a daughter of my Heavenly Father, and a mother who hopes to have daughters someday, I value opportunities to teach, lead, serve and actively participate in the Mormon church. As an operations manager in my career, I value the chance to be a leader. I know that women and men have different skills and different insights to situations, and I value the benefit of both. God gave the priesthood, or power of God, to Adam, Abraham, Noah, Issac, Isaiah, Peter and so many worthy and righteous men on this earth. By these mens' sides stood their wives and daughters. I know that Sarah, the wife of Abraham, had just as significant an impact in the work of God and the establishment of the Twelve Tribes of Israel as did Abraham. God did not need her to receive the priesthood in order to fulfill her mission on this earth and bring forth God's work. If He had, he would have given the priesthood to women. Like Sarah, I hope to help bring forth the work of God. I do this by speaking in church, teaching the children, youth and adults, planning activities and events, organizing and participating in service, actively visiting members who are in need of help or a friend and so much more. I am just as active as my husband in bringing forth the work of the Lord, and through his Priesthood we are able to jointly fulfill our mission on this Earth as defined by our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Emily
Heavenly Father has had prophets throughout history to bless and guide His children. Why would our Heavenly Father deny us this great blessing. Does he not love us as much as those from olden times? I know that Heavenly Father has ordained a living prophet today to act in the same role as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Elijah and more to teach and guide His church and show His children His eternal love. Show more Show less