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Hi I'm Emma.

I'm a wife and mother who plays the ukulele, loves food and music, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a home where cooking was important, music was a must, sports a given, working hard expected, and performing service was as effortless as breathing. My parents taught me to appreciate my Hawaiian and Samoan heritage by sharing it with others through music and dance. I try to emulate that pattern within my own home with my husband of 6 1/2 years and two little girls, ages 5 and 2 1/2. I love my family, both immediate and far. They are important to me. Spending time together is my favorite, whether it be camping and fishing, walking around the neighborhood, going to the beach, cooking together, anything. I enjoy reading, playing my ukulele, creating things with my hands (sewing, weaving, painting, drawing, cooking), being outdoors, traveling, spending time with friends, throwing dinner parties, and playing sports.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an LDS home where we went to church every week. Did this make us perfect? Of course not, but this did lay the foundation of my testimony that would carry me through some hard times in my life. I knew that going to church was important because of what was being taught, not because I had friends there. I went on a camp out with my church youth program when I was 15. We followed part of the trail where the Mormon pioneers traveled from the east to Utah. We listened to stories each night of the struggles these people had, whether it be physical, mental, and emotional persecution, to running out of food in the winter while walking thousands of miles to reach the Salt Lake valley. Seeing their faith to move from everything they have ever known to a place they'd only heard of, made me think, "do I have that much faith in what I believe to know is true, and would I do the same?" I would read my scriptures and pray each night to know if the Book of Mormon and all the things being taught at church was true, and I received a simple and quiet assurance in my heart from the Holy Ghost that yes, it is true, and that I already knew it, but just needed to make sure what I felt was right.

How I live my faith

I serve my sisters at church by brainstorming and following through with activities (along with a board of committee members) that promote a fun and spiritual uplift in their life. Such activities could include a service project, assigning another sister to speak on a certain subject, celebrating a church milestone with a big dinner, or a simple potluck get together. I love meeting with the women in my congregation to know them better by listening to their personal stories, swapping ideas and advice, or laughing and crying together. I've learned that God loves each and every one of His daughters no matter who they are and where they come from.