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Hi I'm Emily!

I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I was born and raised in Colorado and I am a country girl at heart. I enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and spending time with my husband. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies, but I specialize in water resources. I prefer working outside doing hard and physical labor than sitting in front of a desk. I work mainly in or along rivers and ditch corridors performing data collection or maintenance tasks. I often come home muddy, wet, dog tired and feeling pretty gross…but I love my job! Spending time outside makes me truly appreciate the wonders of the world we live in and how special we are to be alive today. It also gives me a chance to slow down from the fast pace of modern life, step back, breath, and prioritize the things that really matter in my life. Of the things that really matter in my life, it comes down to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, my family, and my friends. I am not perfect. I often say the wrong thing. I sometimes forget important dates or appointments. I stress over small things. I have a set of skinny jeans and a set of fat jeans because my waistline seems to change as often as the weather. I make mistakes. My life is great but it isn’t perfect either. I worry about finances and bills, saving up for a home, starting a family, I fret about what to wear and how my hair looks, I get bored with my daily routines, and I scramble to clean the living room before company comes over. I think overall I am pretty average woman.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons, but I’ll try and simplify them. First, I have a testimony of Jesus Christ and I believe in the principles and ordinances of the Gospel…faith, repentance, baptism by immersion, and the Laying on of Hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. These are prerequisites to become a disciple of Christ. Second, I believe God uses prophets to act and communicate on His behalf. I believe Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. He established the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints through turmoil, constant persecution and with great personal sacrifice. I believe Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God on the earth today and he leads the church with wisdom, kindness, humility, and through divine inspiration. Third, I believe that God knows and loves me as an individual. I believe in personal revelation through prayer, which is comforting during trials, hardships and making tough decisions. I believe I was given talents to develop, strengths to build, and weaknesses to overcome to help me become a better person and to empathize and help others. And lastly, I believe in an eternal plan designed for our happiness today, tomorrow and throughout eternity. A modern day revelation titled “A Proclamation to the World” lays out the simple truths about who we are as human beings and our eternal progression as heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven. I believe families are an essential part of that eternal plan, and I also believe there is no church more focused on the sanctity and importance of families or marriage than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

My faith and beliefs help shape who I want to be and become. I strive to be better and to never settle for “good enough”. I strive to be a better wife, sibling, daughter, friend, and stranger…I strive to be a better me. I strive to support and empower women. Women are gifts to the world and should never feel inadequate, weak or alone. When I look back on the tough times in my life, I see many people who have kept me going and have delivered tender mercies that have given me comfort and strength. I strive to return the favor whenever I can. I strive to be more humble. I strive to be more like Jesus Christ. I strive to live as our Thirteenth Article of Faith teaches: “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” I strive to participate in our church activities and events. I serve as a secretary in our congregation’s local women’s organization. I help to greet and welcome visitors each Sunday. I prepare a newsletter each week to inform women of upcoming activities, lessons, good news, and opportunities. I volunteer to take meals to women or families in need. I support my husband in his responsibilities for church as well.

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is an organization of women whose purpose is to build faith, foster personal testimonies and eternal progress, encourage and strengthen families, and to lift the burdens of others both in the church and in the surrounding community. My community recently suffered a major natural disaster; the Relief Society tended to the physical and emotional needs of individuals throughout the area, offered meals and support for cleanup crews, and staffed the emergency response and claim tables for months after the event....far longer than any other "relief" group in the area. The Relief Society offers continual service and support locally, regionally and worldwide. The Relief Society is the largest women's organization in the world and I am grateful to be a part of it! Show more Show less