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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a wife, a work-from-home mom, a gardener, a runner, and a loyal friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of three, almost four. My husband is my best friend and has been for more than a decade. I have always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. When I was in high school I was told that being a Mom would be a waste of my talent. I chose a major in college that would allow me to work from home if I needed to. I am fortunate that I don't need to, but I have always worked seasonally from home. My kids get to see me be successful and use my education. My husband, who fell in love with me when I was full of career ambition, gets to see a part of me that is usually buried in toy trains and laundry. I get to be successful at something I love. I am a gardener who plants whatever strikes my fancy. I love bright flowers and anything we can eat or use. My mother and my grandpa garden the same way. My diligent husband keeps everything watered and gently prods me when it is time to cut something back or harvest it. I hate to cut anything that is growing successfully and thriving in the desert, so my garden is usually overrun and unruly.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors have been Mormon for many generations, but that is not why I am a Mormon. My Dad was not Mormon until I was an adult. As a teenager, I knew the choice of whether to be Mormon or not was mine. I chose to be a Mormon because it makes so much sense. How could families not be eternal? How could God not be our Father? How could we not aspire to be like Him? When I pray about the big questions, the deep wonderings that are so hard to answer, it all becomes very clear and logical. It simply must be true because it IS true. This means, as a teenager, I chose not to date until I was 16. I dressed modestly. I spoke modestly. Those were decisions I made for myself, and I have been blessed for them.

How I live my faith

I try to be modest in all I do. I dress modestly. I speak modestly. I live a healthy lifestyle and teach my children to do the same. I try to be a good neighbor. I teach the 6 year old Sunday School class. We have a family time every Monday night where we learn about the scriptures and play together. I try to pay attention to promptings from the Holy Ghost to do good for others. I try to never ignore a generous inclination, but to give more than people expect. I have been given so much.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Modesty and chastity are about respect. Modesty shows respect for yourself, your physical body, your mental and emotional state, and the image you portray to others. It shows respect for those around you. It shows respect to the Lord. Chastity is the same. It shows respect to yourself and your spouse, or future spouse. It shows respect to your family. It shows respect to the Lord. You are a child of God who deserves to be treated with the utmost of respect. When you behave modestly and are chaste, you show respect for yourself. You are entitled to this repspect. Show more Show less