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Hi I'm Emily

I am a wife, a mother, a hobby enthusiast, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated college from Brigham Young University in Speech Language Pathology. I began a career working with autistic children, which I found deeply rewarding. Some time after, I left my career to be a stay at home mother. I chose this because while I found helping other people's children grow and improve to be rewarding, it was infinitely more so to help my own three beautiful children. I have many hobbies and I tend to get a new one every year or so. Some of my favorite hobbies include hiking, singing, reading, fixing up old furniture, gardening, tennis, and art. I also love to travel. I've been fortunate enough to visit many countries across the world, and I enjoy experiencing the unique culture each place has. My family is everything to me, and I think I've got the best one. My husband is very funny, outgoing, and loves to be the life of the party. My children are all very different from one another, but share a strong independent streak and a love of sports. We have a crazy Portuguese Water Dog, who has a history of stealing holiday hams when I answer the door for company, and is probably only still around because she's so cute.

Why I am a Mormon

If there is one thing I know for a fact, it's that I feel really great inside when I'm following my beliefs. When I read the Book of Mormon I feel at peace and I want to do better in my life. When I pray, I feel in my heart that I am known and loved. When I'm at church I feel hopeful that I can better myself. I know I can change and grow. I know I can be clean. I know I will live after this life, and more importantly I will live with my family. I know God is concerned about me, and I know he blesses me way more than I deserve. That knowlege means everything to me. The standards of the church feel right to me, and when I try my best to adhere to them, my life is better and I feel at peace, happy, and in harmony. I don't have any bad feelings of guilt or shame, or discordance. The church has the answers for where and how to find happiness. Finding happiness doesn't mean that I don't get sad or mad, but rather it means that I have a greater understanding and perspective when bad things happen. That's why I'm a Mormon... Because I know it's true. Because it makes me happier and it gives me peace. I have felt the weight of sin lifted. I have felt the power of a priesthood blessing, and I have seen the changes it has worked in my own life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church every sunday, and by working with the youth in my community. I teach gospel lessons to the young women on sundays, and I also participate in a weekly tuesday night activity for the youth. These weeknight activites could be anything from playing flag football, to learning how to cook, to doing yardwork for an elderly member of our community. In addition to working with the youth, I also visit a few women in my community each month to share a gospel message, and to see if I can help with anything. This has allowed me to make some great friends in my neighborhood!

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

Emily
Since I recently got married, this is the perfect question for me. Yes! We most certainly believe that husbands and wives can be together for eternity-- even after death. The same goes for their children; they can all be sealed to their parents for eternity as well. This is possible through the ordinaces performed in God's temples. The ordinances performed in the temple seal families together, so that we can still live with our families after we die. When my husband and I decided to marry, we didn't want our life together to end at death, so we were married and sealed in the temple. Now we would always be together. That decision has brought us both so much happiness and peace. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Emily
Mormon women are as differing and unique as women found anywhere else. Some are quiet, some are loud, some are career oriented and some are stay at home moms. As women of the LDS church, we are expected to be modest in dress, to participate in the Relief Society (a service organization for women), and we are primarily responsible for the nurturing of our children. Mormon men and women are definitely equal. We have different responsibilities, but we are equal. In my own home my husband and I split up the chores equally at first because we both worked full time to contribute to our income. When we had our daughter, however, I chose to no longer work so I could stay at home to raise her. That was a personal decision. I feel that Motherhood is the most important work I could do. Our responsibilities are different now, but they are equally important. I am so grateful I have a husband who has priesthood responsibilities that teach him to respect me, and to be neither overbearing nor idle. We share our opinions and make decisions together, and I'm thankful for a church that supports and respects women. Show more Show less