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Hi I'm Emily

I grew up in Virginia. I'm a professional student. (It feels like it anyway.) I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently I'm working on certifying as a Child Life Specialist in addition to my degree in Child Development. So to say I love kids really goes without saying. I'm aunt to two adorable nieces who live too far away from me. I love reading and learning. I worked this last year at a library before starting back up at school again and this was quite possibly the best job ever. I think even after completing my certification I will find my way back to working in the library.

Why I am a Mormon

As I prepared for college my senior year of high school the idea of continuing to go to church was not in the picture, even though I attended church with my family every Sunday. I didn't feel like church really made a difference in my life. Despite those feelings, I found myself attending a weekly institute class on the Book of Mormon. The institute teacher promised us that if we read the Book of Mormon with an honest heart and asked God if it was true then we would get an answer. Figuring I had nothing to lose, I did just that. As I prayerfully read I came across the following verse in Alma, "Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me." Reading this verse I realized that that was exactly what I was experiencing and wanted to continue with for the rest of my life. And nearly ten years later I've never looked back.

How I live my faith

Prior to my recent move, I coordinated trips to the temple. The temple is a place to feel closer to God and being able to enjoy that opportunity with others was awesome. I also volunteered as a temple worker once a week, an experience that taught me a lot about our Heavenly Father's love for every individual. At the end of this month I get to start volunteer work with hospitalized children and I'm pretty excited. For two semesters I volunteered as a teacher's aide and it was so much fun! There was never a dull day working with those kids. I also lived in England for a year and a half working as a full time missionary where every day was spent sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. It proved to be both a challenging and rewarding experience.