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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a Seattle native, student at BYU, future missionary in Virginia, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, I am currently attending Brigham Young University studying elementary education. I'm not a fabulous singer and I don't play any instruments, but I absolutely love music-- singing, dancing, listening to music, all of it! I am the oldest of six children and the oldest grandchild on both my mom's and dad's side of the family, with over forty cousins in total. My immediate and extended family bring me such great joy and I could not imagine life without any one of them; being part of a big family is absolute craziness, a huge challenge, and one the biggest blessings I could ever ask for. Other things I love include fashion, my puppy Lilo, hiking, sunny days, laughing, and making other people happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to be born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but I still had to discover the truthfulness of it for myself. Looking through the journal I kept as a child, on the day of my baptism I wrote how pure and happy I felt. Even at eight, I could recognize the Holy Ghost. Despite feeling the Spirit as a child, my testimony of the gospel began to flourish in my teenage years. As I sought to discover who I was, I needed to see if I really believed the gospel was true. One experience in particular will be engrained in my mind forever as a defining moment of my testimony. At the conclusion of a youth camp, we were given the opportunity to read the scriptures, pray, and ponder. After doing some reading, I desired to feel God's love. I'd always felt so distant from Him; I believed that He cared but I couldn't say I'd felt that love. As I knelt in the wilderness, I fervently prayed to feel the love of that eternal, almighty being who was my Father. In that very moment, through the tall trees came a pillar of light, shining directly on me. I felt like Joseph Smith; I was young person with an earnest prayer who received a sure confirmation of God's love. Since then, I've had many more experiences confirming what I know. I know the gospel is true. I know Christ atoned for my sins, allowing me to repent and live with Him again someday. I know that the gospel brings me the greatest and truest happiness I have ever felt, and that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As Mormons, we strongly believe that, as proclaimed by James 2:20, "faith without works is dead." If our hearts are truly focused on the Savior, we will show Him by serving His people. As a member of His church, I have served Him by holding a variety of calling in the Young Women's organization and currently serve as part of the women's service committee in my student ward. While these callings are great opportunities to serve Jesus Christ, I believe it is truly our willingness to serve that is most important. We may not have the chance to participate in an organized service activity or perform some huge act of kindness everyday, but if the Lord knows we are willing to serve Him and His people He will bless us to recognize the small ways we can serve and will inspire our hearts to reach out to those who need it most. I try to follow these promptings in order to be a conduit for the Spirit, helping those around me to feel the love of God.