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Hi I'm Emma

I'm from Oregon. I'm a sister, university student, and lover of languages. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a senior in college. I study linguistics. At age seven I made the goal to learn French, beginning my obsession; I later lived in Paris for several months and loved France! Now I'm attempting to pick up Spanish (and Arabic and Mandarin...). Ultimately, I want to work with adult immigrants here in the U.S. who don't have the opportunity to communicate because of language barriers. My next plans: grad school. For I work have done editing, design and testing language-learning software... and I currently teach French. C'est super. But my favorite job may still be a youth camp counselor. I love supporting my university's sports teams (and avidly cheer them on), my brothers' sports teams, and biking and soccer. As a child my mom literally banned me from reading more than three hours a day---if that doesn't illustrate passion, what does? So I'd say reading is important to me. Music too, whether playing Pandora or playing the piano, is a major part of my life. History, culture, language, family, and love; these are all important to me.

Why I am a Mormon

What a question. I am a Mormon because I believe fully in Jesus Christ. I know that His sacrifice (what we often call "the Atonement") is the only true source of hope in this world and that it can only be accessed by living after His manner, the true manner of happiness. I am a member of this church because I know that we do have a Heavenly Father who wants us to have "peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come." (Introduction to The Book of Mormon) Beyond all that, among all the many good churches that try to help people live more like the Savior Jesus Christ, I also know that I have been lucky enough to find the world's most glorious and important message: the heavens ARE open in our days. God still lives! He loves us enough to give us the Bible and continues to love us with modern revelation. He loves us enough that He personally appeared with His Son, Jesus Christ, to bring back His original teachings through the prophet Joseph Smith. God loves us so much he has restored the power to bind family relationships eternally as well as strengthen them here on Earth. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

For eighteen months I choose to volunteer my time to teach others about the glorious gospel ("good news") of Jesus Christ. I was able to use my knowledge of French and Spanish (and English!) in Salt Lake City to help others learn these important truths. I currently work helping missionaries to really apply the principles of faith, repentance, baptism, and receiving the Holy Ghost so they can help others to do the same. In a unique congregation of young single adults (we call them "YSA") I am able to help visit and strengthen other girls by sharing messages of faith and providing physical help with needed (meals when sick, rides to work, etc.). I also volunteer by helping provide the music at church each Sunday. Every day I try to fortify myself and those around me by communicating with our Heavenly Father in prayer. I also spend time daily reading His word and applying that to my life. For instance, I ask myself questions like "how can I be like Esther and stand up for what's right, even when it's not popular?" I try to live each day by these principles. Beyond that, I try to help my family continue patterns of togetherness like family (or roommate) prayer and scripture study, family meals, and other wholesome activities.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Family-centered. We do all those things most family-centered people do... soccer practice, guitar lessons, dance teams, chess tournaments, high school football games, city council and Rotary club events, texting, video games, dance parties. We just do everything with a focus that this life is not only to have fun, but to "have joy." So combined with all of those other good activities, we try to attend church meetings, render meaningful service, and express our love to God by searching His word and making prayer an integral part of our lives, each and every day. Show more Show less