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Hi I'm Emily

Mother to three crazy little boys, lawyer (taking a break to be a full-time mom), true-blue Texan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town near Dallas. I've lived here in Austin for almost ten years now and have adopted it as home. I love Texas. The summers are hot, and the scenery isn't the loveliest in the country, but the people are kind and it's a wonderful place to raise a family. I studied English at BYU, served as a missionary in Taipei, Taiwan for eighteen months, and attended law school at the University of Texas. I worked as an attorney for a few years before retiring temporarily for the much more important (and exhausting!) job of full-time mothering. I love being a mother. We have three boys, ages 4, 3, and 1, who keep me going all day long. I love to read, to travel, and to learn. I like to cook, although it will be easier when the boys are a bit older! I'm grateful for my sweet husband and our crazy, active little family.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a person who likes to know the plan. I'm not really a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of a girl. And so I am deeply grateful to know that God lives, that I am His child, and that He has a plan for me and for all of us. I'm a Mormon because there is truth in this church, complete truth. I'm a Mormon because I believe that God restored His power and authority to the Earth and that authority is found here. My parents and family are all members of this church, so it is all that I have ever known. But, despite my early indoctrination, I have had challenging experiences in my life and have had to learn for myself the truth of these things. I love my Heavenly Father. I know that I lived with Him before I was born and that He sent me here to this Earth to learn, to grow, and to gain experience. It gives me peace and strength to know that He has a plan for my family and me. It is deeply comforting (if not always an immediate relief) to know that there is purpose in adversity and pain. There is a plan for our lives, for all of our lives. We chose to come here, to be born, to live, and I know that we will continue to exist, to learn, and to progress after we die. I like knowing that. And that is one of the many reasons that I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

These days, I spend most of my time raising my children. We read the scriptures with them every morning and pray together as a family morning and night. On Sundays we go to church. On Monday evenings, after dinner, we have Family Home Evening. Family Home Evening is a time to learn and have fun together. We start with a song and a prayer (we do a lot of singing at our house), have a story or a lesson, play a game, have a treat. I try to serve others in my community as much as I am able. I involve my children in acts of service as much as possible, so they will learn early the joy of serving others. I try every day, with some success and much failure, to become more like my Savior, Jesus Christ.