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Hi I'm Emily

I am #6 out of 7 kids. Now I have 4 kids of my own. I love sewing, gardening, general crafting & avoiding housework. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My mom taught me to love music, sewing, knitting, poetry, crocheting and dancing. My dad taught me to love healthy cooking, gardening, recycling, reducing waste, and speaking Spanish. Most importantly they both taught me to keep God at the center of my life. Between the two of them, I (and my 6 siblings) learned exactly what I would need to know in our my grown-up life. As a mom to four young kids, I now appreciate more than ever the skills and talents my parents taught and handed down to me. Today, for example, my 4 year old daughter and I picked tomatoes from the garden, put them on our homemade whole wheat sandwich bread and ate lunch while listening to our favorite music and singing along. When we were done, she put the tomato scraps in the compost pile and the empty Mayo jar in the recycle bin. I love watching her enjoy the very things that I learned from my parents. As we sat down to feast on our delicious, home-grown and homemade meal, it was SHE who reminded ME to give thanks for the food. She is learning, as I learned, that there are so many things that make life good and meaningful, but that putting God first in our lives is above them all.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by Mormons. My town was largely populated with Mormons. Being a Mormon was my culture long before it was my belief. I was probably about 16 or 17 when I started asking myself why I was a Mormon. Was it to please my parents? Was it (believe it or not) peer pressure? Did I truly believe the doctrines the LDS church taught? I began reading the Book of Mormon--from the beginning. I'd done this before (started, that is) but never with such intention. This time around I prayed each night after reading it to know if it was truly God's word. And night after night, I was filled with assurance that the events in the Book of Mormon really DID happen, and that Christ's church truly was re-established here on the earth. Once that belief was firmly planted inside my soul, I knew that I would be a Mormon 'til the day I die. I'm a Mormon because, time after time, my faith has put me where God wants me to be.

How I live my faith

Believing in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that His church is here on the earth shapes my actions everyday and my everyday actions. Knowing that all the things I say and do have temporal and eternal consequences drives me to be a better neighbor, sister, daughter, wife, mother, friend, community member, and even a better driver! That may sound weird, but lately I've thought that perhaps I could contribute to my community by fixing my mild-to-moderate road-rage problem. And to do that, I knew I would need God's help. So I asked for it. And do you know what? When people honk at me, now I wave! When people cut me off, I imagine 20 different events in their day that might have led up to a rushed or worrisome commute home. Who knows what's on their mind? God does! And He helps me remember the times when I've done stupid things behind the wheel--because of screaming kids, receiving bad news, etc. It's changing the way I drive, and maybe even the way OTHERS drive! I try to help make my community a better place in other ways, too. Perhaps less subtle ways :) For example, every Wednesday night I meet with the 10 year old boys from our congregation at our church for Cub Scouts. Though I am the one assigned to teach them, it's often they who teach me things I never knew (and sometimes never wanted to know!) I play the piano each Sunday for our Sunday School. My husband and I have a bi-monthly (or whenever we feel like it) tradition of making cookies and taking them to our neighbors, or friends having a hard time. With 4 small kids at home, I don't have as much time as I'd like to help out in my community. But I do always have time to be friendly to a cashier, to smile at my neighbors, and to try to treat others as Christ taught us to!