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Hi I'm Emily Brown

I'm an English student from Southern California. I write, perform, and record music independently. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an English student at Brigham Young University, and I love writing essays and poetry. Outside of school, I spend much of my free time writing, recording, and performing music. I also love hiking, riding my bicycle, and being outside in general. I am passionate about cooking and baking. I served a full-time mission for my church in Siberia (the Russia Novosibirsk Mission).

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the LDS church in a strong, active, and happy family. I was one of a few members of the church at my high school and I knew that my friends respected me for my beliefs and noticed the differences in my behavior. When I graduated from high school, I moved away for college and started to realize the contrasts between the doctrine of the church I knew and the beliefs of many of my friends. My belief grew more and more complacent. During the summer of my sophomore year of college, I realized that I needed to make a decision about whether the gospel was something I actually believed or something I was passively living simply because I'd grown up around it. I was on a study abroad in London when a period of trauma hit. I realized that the only way I could find peace or hope was through prayer and reading the Book of Mormon. I sought God diligently, and almost suddenly, I knew that He was listening-- that he was there. My testimony took time to develop, but from then on, I knew that the Lord loved me, that the gospel was true and real, and that living it would make me happier than anything else I could do with my life.

How I live my faith

I recently returned from an 18 month mission in Siberia (Russia Novosibirsk Mission). I left my friends, education, career, and family behind to serve the Lord, not knowing at first where I would be called! Although Siberia may sound extreme, I loved studying the Russian language and sharing a message that brought real, tangible joy into the lives of those I taught. My mission is the greatest blessing of my life so far. More recently, I live my faith through the little things I do every day-- praying when I wake up and before I fall asleep, studying the scriptures every morning, looking for small (and big) ways to serve the people around me. I also attend church weekly, where I contribute by teaching Sunday School. My faith isn't just a part of my life; it's the way I live my life.