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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a Texan, an avid high school football fan. I'm a wife, daughter, sister, aunt to 22 pretty perfect kids and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a proud Texan and even prouder to be a Mormon. After graduating from BYU, I taught school for 7 years and then decided to go back to school myself. I moved to New York City to attend graduate school. I graduated from Colombia University, with a degree in Educational Psychology. I loved my time in NYC and in school, but all good things must come to an end. I gave up being a New Yorker to be close to my family in Texas, until I met my husband and moved to Kansas City. I work for an Education company and travel across the country working with schools and teachers. I've loved the travel and meeting neat people along the way. Since I don't yet have children of my own, I try to be the best Aunt I can. I enjoy having my nieces and nephews over for play dates and sleep overs. I went from having 7 nieces and nephews before I got married to having 22 after I got married. They are all the light of my life and bring me such joy and happiness. Being from Texas means that I love football. But since moving to Kansas City, I am learning to love and cheer on KU basketball. Being married to an amazing man, who loves me and loves the Lord has changed my life. He teaches me every day, through his example, the importance of service and love. My family is everything to me, time spent with them is always precious.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born and raised as a Mormon, I had to discover for myself that the gospel was true. When I was 12 years old, a group of people came into a youth meeting at our church and began spouting very negative things about the Mormon church, our beliefs, our prophet, and Joseph Smith. I remember how upset this made me and I turned to my adult leader and asked what she was going to do about these people. She turned back to me and said, "Well what are YOU going to do about it?" It was at that exact moment that I knew for myself that what my parents, family, and teachers had taught me my whole life was true and that I had a responsibility to share what I knew with these people. I stood up and bore my testimony to these visitors. I told them that I knew Joseph Smith was a prophet, that he had restored the gospel to the Earth, that we were lead by a prophet today that received revelation from our Heavenly Father. I told them that the Book of Mormon was another Testament of Jesus Christ and that the teachings in it were true and that if they read it and prayed about it, they would also know of it's truthfulness. That day I gained my testimony. I didn't need to rely on the testimony of my parents, because I knew that the Gospel was true. It has changed my life. It is the silver lining in any dark cloud that comes my way. I am a Mormon because it makes me a better person. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Good News in a world that can be hard and cruel. I am a Mormon because I love my family and I can't imagine not being with them forever. Through the temple, the Gospel, and hard work on our part I know that my family will be together forever. More importantly, I am a Mormon because I am a child of God and this is His church and where He wants me to be.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. I fall short every day, but am grateful for the beautiful gift of repentance that helps me get back on the right path. I live my faith by serving others in my community and through my church. I have had the opportunity, through church, to work with the youth ages 12-18 for the last several years. This has been such a blessing in my life. They keep me on my toes and help me feel young. I love watching and helping them discover their place in this world, as they learn and grow in the Gospel. These young women are bright and talented, with so much to offer. I think I learn more from them, then they do from me. I live my faith by setting an example for those around me and sharing the Gospel to those I come in contact with. I had a co-worker that said, "You know there is something different about you. You and (he named 2 of my other co-workers) all have this glow about you. Like you know something the rest of us don't." The funny thing is that the 3 of us were all Mormons. I was happy to share what made us different. I live my faith by making decisions that bring me closer to my Heavenly Father, communicating daily with Him, and always remembering that I am His daughter and He loves me.