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Hi I'm Emily

I live by the beach. I married my best friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother to one boy, with another one on the way - and am married to boy at heart. I married my best friend and can't think of any other person I'd rather spend time with. I love all things art/design, although I find little time to develop the couple of skills I have. There are many projects on my list "to do". I have a degree in psychology and love teaching at University - one day I'll finish my post grad and become a "real psychologist". I plan to specialise in childhood disorders, with the hope of making life easier for kids that would otherwise struggle with things I've been blessed to find easy in this life. I grew up on a farm, got my education in the city, and now I live by the beach. I've experienced the best of all worlds.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into, and grew up in the LDS ("Mormon") church. For me, it is a way of life, and the Gospel is something I have always cherished. It is not to say that I have not studied our faith, and others and gained my own understanding - this is not in my nature. However, the more that I learn about the gospel, and also through my secular study, and life experience, the more sure my knowledge of the truthfullness of the Gospel becomes. I have found that in keeping the standards and seeking to grow closer to and become more like our Saviour - Jesus Christ - my life is more simple, and I experience more joy. I have been blessed to be surrounded by friends in my youth that - although they did not share my beliefs - they understood and respected them. I have seen the benefits of living the standards in my own life. I have a strong testimony of eternal families and am comforted to know that I can be with my husband and my children after this life and for all eternity. I know that my Saviour lives and that I have a Heavenly Father who knows me personally and blesses me abundantly. This knowledge helps me to feel the value that I hold as a Child of God, and to see the potential that I have. This feeling of worth and purpose is something that all people deserve, and too few experience in today's world. I know the Bible and the Book of Mormon to be true testaments of our Saviour Jesus Christ, which contain the fullness of the Gospel. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God, who continues to receive revelation for us in these later times - much as did the prophets in the scriptures. I know that Joseph Smith was also a prophet of God. The greatest knowledge I have is that my Saviour Jesus Christ carried out the greatest act of love and sacrifice for me and all of us, through the Atonement. Only through Him, can we be saved. I know all of these things - not by wisdom, or education, but through the witness of the Holy Ghost - who bears truth of all things.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to live the standards and teachings of the Gospel - and also through serving my family, the community and the Church. I have had many and varied opportunities to serve in the Church in teaching children between the ages of 1 and 3, all the way through to adults in their 90's. I have spent a lot of time serving in our youth program, with other youth leaders, to care for youth aged from 12 to 18 years. We have run a number of successful and fun events for our youth; and to see their enjoyment, growth and friendship develop through the program is very satisfying. I have also had opportunites to share our faith with friends and family, and also the community. Once a year a local religious school invites a number of members of varying denominations to be interviewed by groups of students regarding their religions. I am always so impressed with the maturity and honest curiousity of the groups I get to engage with, and it is always a worthwhile experience - much to the credit of the students. It has helped me to realise that there is a lot of information out there, which can be very confusing, and that it is important for us to be open to questions and to share with others the reality of what our faith entails. It is also important that we extend others the same opportunities to share their beliefs and values, rather than casting assumptions - understanding promotes acceptance. I think the best way to live my faith is to seek to be more like my Saviour and do my best to demonstrate Christian values. I try to the best of my ability to be open and accepting of others, and am so grateful that many offer that same level of respect and acceptance. I value honesty and integrity and try to be an example of these virtues in all situations. Charity is the pure love of Christ and I am striving (slowly but surely) to develop that love for all people, and to better demonstrate this love through acts of kindness in my daily activities.