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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a college student. I'm a writing tutor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I'm twenty-one years old and was born and raised in California. I am a senior in college studying linguistics, editing and German. After I graduate, I plan to go to grad school to study corpus linguistics, a subject that absolutely fascinates me. I love to write and I actually tutor people so that they can improve their academic writing skills. I love the outdoors. If I had four free hours on a Saturday, I would definitely be either off-roading in a Jeep, hiking to a waterfall, or kayaking on a lake. I also love learning about new cultures--I've studied abroad in Germany and I am currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kiev, Ukraine. I really like to cook. I made my first creme brulee when I was thirteen, and since then the creations in the kitchen have kept on coming.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in 5th grade, my dad had a heart attack. He was only in his 40s. I thought my world was going to end. It was such a hard time in my life. I remember my older sister coming into my room one day and finding me lying on the ground crying. She took my in her arms and told me that we needed to pray. And so, we knelt down on the ground and my sister offered the most beautiful prayer I have ever heard. She asked God to help us feel his love and his peace during the difficult time of my dad's surgery and recovery. She asked God to help us remember that were his daughters and that through him we could get through this trial. After my sister ended the prayer, I felt an overwhleming love and I knew then that God knew me personally. I knew that God loved me and that he would give me help if I believed in him and his son Jesus Christ. Later in life, larger pieces of my testimony would fall into place, such as the knowledge that families can live together forever after death and that through making covenants with God, we can receive incredible blessings. I know that Jesus Christ suffered and died for our sins. I know that after he died, and after his apostles died, the authority to act in Christ's name was lost. And, I know that God and Jesus Christ appeared to Joesph Smith in 1830 and called Joesph Smith to be God's prophet. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet of God on earth today and he has the authority to act in God's name as his chosen representative. I know that by reading the Book of Mormon, we can receive a testimony for ourselves of Joesph Smith, Jesus Christ, and this church. The gospel of Jesus Christ--faith, repentance, baptism through the correct and true authority of God, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost--is the only way we can return to God. The gospel has changed my life. It has made me a happy person. It has made me a confident person. It has given me strength in times of trial.

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving a full-time mission for the church in Kiev, Ukraine. The decision to go on a mission was definitely not an easy one. I was gving up an early college graduation date, my friends, and my family so that I could move to a foreign country and tell people there in a language I barely knew why Jesus Christ is important to them. But, this decision has been the best expereince of my life. When you serve a mission, you are a full-time 24/7 representative of Jesus Christ and his church. As such, you have incredible opportunity to share your testimony and your knowledge about the happiness that comes from living your faith, from following Jesus Christ, and from being the very best person you can be.