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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a poet, a student, and a school bus driver. I served as a missionary in southern France. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a senior in college studying for a BA in English Creative Writing to pursue a career in editing and publishing. My greatest love is the gospel of Jesus Christ, for how it opens my heart and mind to the world. In this I include my family, because God first gave me my dear parents and five siblings. If family and the gospel were all I had been given, my heart would be fully satisfied. My second love is language and writing. So much of my inspiration comes through observing all the people, creatures, and functions of this world. It has the most amazing collection of artifacts that, if carefully studied, teach us of the grandeur and grace of God, and remind us of the divine individuality God gifted to each of us. In all my learning, observations, studies, heartbreaks, trials, good times and bad, the thing I'm surest of is that there is no end to the love of God for every child. He gave us this world to discover joy and love, forgiveness and peace, and he provided all the wonders we see around us. Like food. I would say my third love is food! Amazing how tiny seeds are planted in the ground and then entire trees and bushes of food emerge. Cooking it up in the kitchen is a real joy for me. I've traveled to a few places in the States, Canada, Europe and even touched down in Egypt for a couple days, and I marvel how the joy of Christ and families, of language and learning, of food and new friends are found at every turn. I love the endless discoveries this planet offers!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up learning the "Mormon" version of Christianity, but the reason I have remained Mormon is because the doctrine taught in The Book of Mormon helps complete the understanding of Christ taught in the Bible, and I am convinced that I will always be able to learn more about Christ and his salvation through the many, beautiful resources provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are prophets on the earth! The heavens are open to prophets, and because i know this, I have complete faith that the heavens are also open to me personally. I believe I wouldn't have this conviction as strongly as I do if I did not have the words of prophets, both ancient and modern, confirming the truths of the Bible and the clear feelings of goodness from the Spirit that I've felt. I trust the doctrine of Christ in the LDS Church; it is whole. Maybe another reason I'm so grateful for specifically the LDS teachings of Christianity is because we speak of a loving and living Christ; He died to save us but lives to help us when we feel so lost. Even though I've known all my life that Jesus sacrificed himself for me, still I've made heart-crushing mistakes. I know that Jesus has the power to forgive. I've learned this through the Spirit I've felt. I've felt the Spirit in my prayers, in others' testimonies, in Church meetings, in scripture, and from the love of so many in this Church. Not only can Jesus forgive, he has the desire to forgive, and to prove his love to us at every chance. We just need to do our part. That "part" is laid clearly before me, in a way that I personally understand and at the pace I can handle, by a patient and pure gospel taught by the Spirit and prophets. Much of Christ's gospel is taught all over the world, but the fullness of the gospel and its Priesthood power are currently on earth, as they once were, when set forth by Jesus Christ and his apostles. The Church & power of Jesus are on earth again—and that gives me 100% confidence.

How I live my faith

I really just try to treat others as I would like to be treated. I forgive. I love forgiving. Holding a judgment upon someone else is too much work for me; I can't do it. I love people as they come and try in any way to leave them better than I found them. I pray so that I can be familiar with the way the Holy Spirit communicates with me. That way, when people and leaders in the church or wherever I go say or do something that I don't particularly love, I can turn immediately to the Spirit for translation. I ask, "What can I learn from this?" instead of immediately judging a person for their choices and shutting them out. With this attitude, I learn so many things about myself and life. We're all imperfect, we're all in it together, we're trying. Grudges only hold me back. I see no sense in allowing others' choices interfere with my direct ties to the Spirit, Christ, and God because that only limits my ability to live in faith. Also, when "life happens," I don't hold it against God or blame Him if things go wrong, because life was designed with opposition; chain reactions happen, people make choices, we can't stop it. Run with it or it'll run you over! I pray and read scripture so I can learn about and trust the Spirit, and that makes my faith. And I do my best to live by it.

In whom should we have faith?

Emily
the way I see it, we have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ because he's the power behind it all. Say you use a vacuum every day to clean. While the vacuum performs the task, and you're the one dragging it back and forth, it would be a very pointless activity if you didn't plug the vacuum in. I don't have faith in the vacuum unless it's powered by the electricity. So, for example, I don't believe that Joseph Smith can save or cleanse me from sin, but he was an instrument the Lord empowered to restore the Lord's gospel and church, and receive again His Priesthood authority. If we extend the metaphor, and consider the body as a temple as the scriptures say, then we should safely assume we're all built with wiring for electricity. We can compare that to the "light of Christ" which is given to all men, to know good from evil. All the lighting and cleaning function appropriately when we keep paying the electric bill, which we do by following the example of the Savior, praying in His name, studying His words, serving our neighbor. We all have the capacity for great faith. The Lord is the only one who can empower our faithful actions so that they strengthen, develop, and purify our souls, and he will eternally fulfill the righteous desires we bring to him in faith. Show more Show less