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Hi I'm Emmy!

I'm a mom of 6, a wife, a Taco Bell lover and a photographer.

About Me

Random Facts - Pepperoni pizza and Taco Bell are my weaknesses. I grew up in Texas and hope to one day return to finish raising our kids there! My dad and Grandpa were both FBI agents. I am the youngest of 6 kids. My mom not only taught seminary for countless years, she also wrote the book on it! Kind of. She and her friend published a book on teaching techniques. My husband and I have six youngish kids. He is an emergency medicine resident. My best friend and I own our own photography and graphic design business.

Why I am a Mormon

I think that one of the gifts that Heavenly Father has blessed me with is the gift of faith. I have always just known that the church is true, that it is the modern-day restoration of Christ's church and that Joseph Smith was a prophet. When I was around 8 years old, I remember thinking that I should probably pray about it because that is what I had been taught to do. In my head and heart, I already knew the answer but even at that young age, I figured it wouldn't hurt to follow counsel! I was surprised when I received what is described in the scriptures as "a burning in the bosom". It was a very distinct feeling, unlike anything I had felt before or felt since. As I have looked back on that experience from the perspective of an adult, I have been somewhat surprised that I would receive an answer in such an awe-inspiring form but I attribute it to the pure faith of a child. I strive to attain that type of faith in all my interactions with my Heavenly Father. The answer I received that day was indisputable and confirmed what I already knew: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored gospel of Christ and the Book of Mormon is the true word of God. I am always amazed at how rational, clear and perfect the gospel is. It makes so much sense that if there were a God, this is exactly how He would set things up on Earth. There are so many "talkers" out there in the world who have to search and analyze and debate all the world's issues; I am so lucky that I have the Gospel as a measuring stick to filter man's philosphies from divine truth. It is such a peaceful feeling to know God's plan and to know where I am going. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

This question is a little hard for me to answer because I don't distinguish "living my faith" from anything else I do during the day. I am who I am and act the way I do because of the way gospel truths and principles have touched my life - they have naturally shaped my person. The contentment and joy that I feel as a result of knowing God's plan allows me to free up my mind and concentrate my energy on worthwhile things. I believe that if we focus on helping others, our problems and worries "magically" take care of themselves!

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Baptism is an ordinance that can only be done on Earth (see Zechariah 9:11) but it is also a saving ordinance that everyone needs to return to Heavenly Father. Because God is just, someone can't be denied that saving ordinance because he or she happened to live on Earth during a time or in a place where the ordinance wasn't offered or because he or she never had the opportunity to be taught about baptism. Baptisms for the dead are Heavenly Father's way of providing a means for the ordinance to be done for everyone; we are baptized by proxy for those who have gone before us. They then have the opportunity to accept or reject the ordinance. Free agency is our greatest gift and it is never taken from us, either in this life or the next. Show more Show less