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Hi I'm Emily.

I'm a mother, daughter, sister, wife, and friend. I'm a singer/songwriter. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I met in college and discovered our shared love of music and sang in choir together. We have two very energetic little boys who teach me what matters most in life. They also teach me more than I ever thought I'd learn about patience, humility, and self-control! :) We are happy to have another baby on the way in a few months. I have my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, and currently teach a 3 year music program for young children out of my home. Inspirational Christian music has carried through the rough times in life, and I enjoy writing jazzy faith centered music of my own as well as arranging hymns for piano and voice. Throughout my life I have enjoyed playing basketball, tennis, soccer, biking, hiking, skiing, and playing frisbee. Right now during this pregnancy I'm enjoying some Yoga, which is a lower impact approach to fitness. As a Type I diabetic, I'm always on a quest to find healthier ways to eat. My journey currently has me drinking green smoothies for breakfast every day and trying to eat more raw and whole foods. I love finding recipes that don't have any sugar or white flour but still taste delicious! I grew up in a loving home where we believed that "the family that prays together stays together."

Why I am a Mormon

I have a rich Mormon heritage going back several generations on my mother's and father's side. My ancestors were among the Mormon pioneers who came across the plains and settled the west in the 1840's and 50's. My parents, grandparents, and great grandparents have passed on this legacy of faith to me. I could fill an entire book with reasons why I believe in the gospel and in this church, but here are a few. 1) I have read the Book of Mormon, I have prayed to know if it is true, and I have felt the Holy Ghost confirm to me that it is. I have felt immeasurable joy as I try to live the teachings of Jesus found in this book and other scriptures. 2) I believe that we are here on Earth to become the best version of ourselves that we can be. I love that I belong to a religion that expects a high standard of outward and inward behavior, as it helps me become more patient and more loving and more selfless. 3) I love knowing why I'm here and why life has to be hard sometimes because it helps me to have perspective during the toughest times. Knowing that I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father, and that the Atonement of Jesus Christ can provide strength to me when I can't do it alone has buoyed me up during my hardest times. My understanding of the gospel has helped me to come closer to God from my trials rather than become angry and bitter and push Him away.

How I live my faith

My current "calling" in church is to teach a weekly class on the Old Testament to the LDS women who live in our area. I am not paid to fulfill this, but take great joy in studying the scriptures and finding ways to apply the truths of the Bible to our lives in a way that can give us strength. I also play the piano for our church choir, which performs in worship services about once a month. I often play the piano for other performers as well, and serve as a substitute for the Children's Sunday Music leader. Each month I check in on 3 women I am assigned to in my local church, and visit with them and try to find ways to serve them. This is called being a "visiting teacher." I write songs that bear testimony of Jesus Christ, and give free concerts for youth and adult events. In between songs I talk about the scriptural basis of the songs and share my testimony of the gospel. I pray and read the scriptures daily with my family and try my best to teach the principles of the gospel to my children through study and by example. I support my husband in his calling of teaching a daily 6am Bible study (called Seminary) to the Mormons at the local high school. We sacrifice a lot to serve in the church, but are always blessed with more than what we give!