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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a BYU-Idaho student who loves good design, the color yellow, dancing and mountain repelling.

About Me

I am a smiley person who loves to have fun, and am passionate about things that matter to me. I am the oldest of five kids. I have three brothers and a little sister. I am a quarter Mexican, thanks to my Papa and have a strong pioneer heritage thanks to my Mama. I grew up in Wisconsin, and went to a high school where being a Mormon made me a minority. I often had the chance to talk with my peers who were curious about my beliefs, which taught me a great deal about loving other people despite if their lives were vastly different than mine. I count my blessings because I had great friends who stood up for and respected me and my values. After High school, I was accepted into the Interior Design program at Brigham Young University-Idaho, and went there for 5 semesters, loving every minute of it! I deferred from that education for a time in order to dedicate 18 months to teaching and bringing the light of the Gospel into others' lives. Being a Mormon in a not-so-Mormon community gave me the awesome opportunity to learn from a young age, that being different is totally ok, because there is nothing in this world that means more to me than the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the standards I uphold to follow Him.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer to this question, is that it makes me happy! Not just happy, in fact it brings me pure joy! It gives me answers to why I am here on Earth in the first place, and what my potential is because I am a daughter of God. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true with all my heart. I know that my Father in Heaven cares about me on a very personal level and knows my strengths and my weaknesses. I can pray to Him, and know that He does care, and does listen. Without this knowledge, I can only imagine how confused and discouraged I would be. With it, I have a smile on my face and Faith that the future is bright!

How I live my faith

I live my Faith by expressing my testimony to those around me through the words I say, the clothes I wear, the media I enjoy, the places I chose to go, and the kind of friend I am. I live my Faith by attending my church meetings on Sundays, reading the scriptures and praying daily. I live my Faith by being loyal to my family, and caring about the relationships I have with them, so I can one day live with them forever in Heaven. I ultimately live my Faith by sharing it with others because I know that everyone is a son or daughter of God. God, our Heavenly Father loves us so much, and wants us to return to live with Him and His son Jesus Christ again--and that is the news I want to share with whomever I can! If I can follow Him in a world that is shifting its values and virtues everyday, by showing Him that when I make mistakes, I repent, and I desire to be the best I can be by following the commandments, then He has already done the rest, through the Atonement of His Son.

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is an organization that has been established for women 18 years old, and older. It has been formed to help the women of the Church learn together and grow up in righteousness with each other. It is designed to help women strengthen their families at home, as well as organize service-related activities that will benefit their community. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes! The full title of the church we belong to is, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Jesus Christ's name is in the title, because it is His church, lead by those who are called to preach and teach under the direction of His servants here on the Earth. As Mormons, the foundation of our Faith is that the Savior Jesus Christ came and died for the sins and sorrows of the World. Although we do not have crosses on our buildings, we acknowledge Christ's death, but chose instead to focus on his Resurrection, and the fact that He lives. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith was a young man, prepared and chosen by God as a prophet to restore the church Christ established once again upon the Earth in the early 1820s. Joseph Smith was a faithful young man who had a question about what church he should join and understood where to go to get the answer. He prayed to God and recieved that answer. Through him, the Lord's kingdom was again restored to the Earth, the priesthood was restored, the Book of Mormon was translated from ancient records, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was organized under direction by Heavenly Father. As Latter-day Saints, we do not worship Joseph Smith, but recognize him as a prophet of God and adore him for his faith and all that he did to bring the true Gospel of Jesus Christ back to the Earth under God's direction. Show more Show less