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Hi I'm Emily

I am the busy mom of four beautiful boys all under 4 years old. I am married to the love of my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of 4 beautiful boys and the wife of the love of my life. I get overwhelmed with the responsibilities of taking care of my family and children almost on a daily basis. Luckily I have some outlets to help me get by. I love the outdoors, they make me feel alive. I love dabbling in Photoshop. I'm no expert but it is fulfilling to create beauty in any form. I love volleyball and running. Most of all, I love to throw my overwhelming to-do list away and wrestle or read or snuggle my boys.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was about 7 years old, my parents were involved in a messy divorce. One night I felt completely alone, scraping for some kind of solid ground to stand on. I knew how to pray but it always felt one-directional. After praying one night I got back into bed and felt just as lost and alone as ever. I started crying hot, angry tears. I got back on my knees and tried to express my anger to God. I held my breath in between great gasping sobs trying to stay quiet. My jumbled thoughts boiled down to one desire. I pleaded in my mind, "I just need to know if you are there! If you are my Father and you love me I deserve an answer!" Peace. Not of this world but of another enveloped me. In one short instant my breathing was slow and even. The room felt safe. I felt a light shining on me. Not a visual light but light is the only world I have to describe it. The feeling was undeniable. I was in total shock by how immediate my physical and emotional state had changed. I knew without a doubt that there was a God and that he was my Father. My surprise left me speechless for a minute or two. "Thank you," was all I could mutter before climbing back into bed. Knowing that He knew me and loved me gave me complete faith it would all be ok somehow. A scripture from the Book of Mormon that defines my faith at that period of time is Ether 12:4: "Whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world..." Since that night I have never doubted the existence of God. I doubted myself and my religion, but never my Heavenly Father. Through a similar experience in prayer I came to a knowledge that the Book of Mormon was was the Word of God. The same God who had answered my prayers years before. The same undeniable feelings of peace and love filled my heart as I knelt with the book in my hands. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called by MY Heavenly Father to establish sufficient truth upon the earth that I might find my happy ending or my "better world."

How I live my faith

I am a visiting teacher, which means I make sure certain sisters in the ward are doing okay. One of my sisters just had a baby and I made a few frozen meals to stick in her freezer and got her a book that saved my sanity when I had my babies (Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby). I am so excited to get to know her little girl as baby girls are foreign to me. I am also a youth leader, teaching the girls in the ward ages 14-15. It is such a challenging time of life and I feel honored to learn of their struggles and teach them how the Savior can bring peace and direction to their lives. We do weekly class activities as well as our sunday meetings so I get to see the girls often. As a family we try to read scriptures and say prayers every morning. With small children it often becomes an abbreviated version but it sets our day on the right path. My husband and I attend the temple to remind us of the covenants we made with each other and our Heavenly Father. We feel so blessed to know that families are forever.