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Hi I'm Emily

I grew up in Texas. I enjoy activities that being in the great outdoors has to offer. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of two and fostering an infant (hoping to adopt) with my amazing husband. I enjoy and look forward to trying most any outdoor activity from the ocean to the mountains and the clouds above. I try to see the positive side of things each day from challenging situations to people I encounter. New faces bring new perspectives and that can be refreshing. I really enjoy just being with close friends and family; I rely on them often for strength and understanding and expect them to rely on me for the same.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an LDS home with 9 other siblings. My parents converted to the LDS faith just a few years after they graduated from High School. I don't have that experience of completely changing my life and risking family exclusion as they did. My experience is one of learning and growing a little at a time throughout my childhood and teen years. So, I don't have one of those, "this is the day I knew..." etc. moments... I have always known that God exists and that he loves me. That knowledge has kept me wanting to learn more and draw nearer to Him. Through the extremely difficult struggles of my teen years I found more strength and direction and meaning to my seemingly insignificant life by living LDS gospel principles than I ever found in friends or their other beliefs. I appreciated and respected my friends for their individuality and differences but could not let myself share all of their interests and activities. Knowing that Jesus Christ atoned for all the sins I might make and to help one little me know of his love, to make me clean again, and to give me strength beyond my own as I continue in this life is my foundation and is one of the reasons why I am still a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Service is love. Jesus Christ demonstrated love through service to those around him throughout his life. I do what I can to follow his example. That includes service in my community. Being a positive and active member of my community is important to me. When my little family was just me and my husband, I decided to become a volunteer instructor for the American Red Cross chapter in my area. I learned valuable life-saving skills and how to teach others as I taught several classes with youth and adults each year. Now, with three little ones afoot, I can only manage a couple classes a year. Currently, my husband is able to come home a bit early one evening each week and support me in more local opportunities for service as I spend an hour with a group of 8-year-old Cub Scout boys in my neighborhood. My oldest boy, although hardly half their age, absolutely loves to come with me and participate in saying the pledge of allegiance, tying knots, learning other skills, about our community and so much more. As assigned by church leaders, I make home visits to three or four women in our church community each month to extend a helping hand, a listening ear, and words of encouragement. Through service to others in my community, I learn skills that I wouldn't have otherwise gained. I can't help but feel gratitude for all that I have, life at home with my little family is put more into perspective, my role as mother has more meaning and I feel that in part I am learning to view and love the people around me as Jesus Christ does.