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Hi I'm Emily

I was born in Utah and since then have lived in California, Virginia and Arizona. I have a husband and four kids. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I have a husband and four kids! 6 schedules means 6 times the fun! I feel like we've moved a lot for the 8 years we've been married. After being married and living in Utah we moved to Virginia. After 2 years it was off to Arizona. We've lived in Arizona now for 4 years and it really feels like home now. I like a lot of things but mostly reading, I love to read to myself and read to my kids. I even like listening to my kids read to me. I am not necessarily outdoorsy but I want to be. I just started teaching an aerobics class three times a week and it is scary but fun. I also enjoy running, planning parties, and scrapbooking (even though I seldom do).

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormon so of course I went to church with them when I was little. When I was somewhere in the 8-10 range I read a story in a church magazine publication called "The Friend" (targeted towards children ages 4-12.) The article was about how anyone, even a little kid could pray to Heavenly Father and find out if the church was true. I figured that was easy enough so I went out to my backyard (that detail of the story sticks out in my mind although I couldn't tell you why it was important to me at the time to go outside :)). I knelt down and prayed and asked Heavenly Father if this church that I had attended my whole life was in fact true. I had a feeling of peace and a thought come to me that I already knew it was true. I hadn't had any earth-shattering experiences to tell me so but little by little I gained in my heart a knowledge that I was following God's plan and teachings. I knew it was true. A lot of years have passed since that brief experience. Although I've always attended church I've had my ups and downs with faith in my heart. I have held on to that answer I received though and I have always tried to live the teachings of Heavenly Father and Jesus. I have found that when I am living the way that the scriptures and church leaders invite us to live then I am happy, I feel a closeness to a Heavenly Father that I know loves me and wants what is best for as a child of Him. I know that there is a life after this one and I want to spend it with my family and with God. I feel that the best way to return to Him is to hold true to the things taught me as a Mormon, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I feel like my faith is an intrinsic part of my day and my life as a whole. The ways I live my faith are numerous: I read the scriptures- the Bible and the Book of Mormon for several minutes each day. I do this during my kids naptime for myself. I read with my spouse after the kids go to bed, and we read them as a family right before the kids go to bed. Sometimes I even listen to or read things that our current prophets and apostles have said. We say family prayer before everyone leaves to school/work and we say it again in the evening. I say my own prayers in the morning and before I go to bed. I am trying to teach my children this as well. Sometimes the things kids pray for are just too cute! Every week on Monday night we having an evening where we make an extra effort to stay home. My husband and I teach our children something from the gospel that is particularly relevant to our family. Things like being kind to one another, or service. We sing church songs and play a fun game. It's something that took some getting used to but now everyone looks forward to it as a way to stay connected I have a calling (a job) where I plan the Boy Scout activities for the young men in the ward ages 12-14. I don't have a hands-on role, more of an administrative one but I LOVE being part of such a great program that helps youth grow up into wonderful individuals I try to attend the temple as often as I can. This turns out to be about once a month. My husband and I go together and sometimes with other couples as well. It's the best kind of date night we can have-serving our Heavenly Father. All members of the church are part of programs where we get to visit, call and generally check up on a few people. This usually involves one formal teaching setting and several check-ups during the month. I love that it helps me meet new people and have built-in friends!