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Hi I'm Emaline.

I'm an art history major/curator wannabe, I have an eight inch metal rod in my back, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an introverted college student who aspires to be fluent in German and someday a curator. I blog, think, and read in my spare time, and for exercise, though it is somewhat sporadic, I swim. Major influences in my life include my parents, my high school quiz bowl team, Jane Austen, and Jesus Christ [not necessarily in that order]. I love words, books, libraries, the fall, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, films, philosophy, and paintings. There is something so spiritual in gazing upon a work of art or being engulfed by books. It would be impossible for me to pick a favorite artist, but I have soft spots for Caspar David Friedrich, John Constable, John Singer Sargent, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Edward Hopper. I am convinced that I was born two centuries too late. You can often find me doing homework or reading a book while drinking hot chocolate.

Why I am a Mormon

To me, the gospel of Jesus Christ provides my life with comfort, direction, peace of mind, and meaning. The greatest blessings in my life have come to me as a result of my membership in this church: my eternal family, the priesthood, the power of prayer, and the Holy Ghost. I am grateful for the knowledge that families are forever, that even after we die we can still be with those we love. My family is perfectly imperfect, but I would have them no other way. The priesthood, the power of God on earth to bless the lives of others and perform miracles, is something I love and have a deep testimony about. I am so grateful for a father who lives his life in a way that keeps him worthy to exercise this power. It is especially during priesthood blessings that I feel the Spirit so strongly and know for certain that God hears and answers my prayers. I know without a doubt that God hears and answers our prayers; what matters to us, no matter its seeming unimportance, matters to him, too. And to me, there is so much comfort in the fact that someone is listening to and answering me. I cherish the presence of the Holy Ghost in my life. It brings peace, serenity, reassurance, and guidance into my life. I am humbled that our Father in Heaven is always there for us, ready and willing to bless our lives. I have a testimony that Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ love and care for each and every person on this earth, and that they are more than happy to bless each and every one of our lives if we but ask them in faith.

How I live my faith

I participate in my local church by visiting, on a monthly basis, other ladies in my ward. In the LDS church, this is called visiting teaching. Essentially we strive to ensure that everyone in our ward is visited at least on a monthly basis in an effort to create friendships and a feeling of camaraderie. It is a way of looking out for one another and serving each other, a Christ-like act of service and love. I believe visiting teaching is a way of reminding us of the importance of serving our fellowman. As we faithfully go out and meet with other members, we are striving to act like Christ, the ultimate example of charity.