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Hi I'm Emma

I'm a born and raised small town girl from southern Arkansas. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a very simple person who lives a very simple life. I am the 6th child of 8, over half of which are boys, so one can imagine what that's like. It is adventurous, I will say that much. I spend much of my time in the kitchen (not stuffing my face, although I do love food very much). I spend a lot of time cooking and preparing meals. I've grown up with a garden so I've learned how to garden as well as can many things: jams, jellies, beans, pickles, salsas etc. I enjoy playing the piano very much and spend much of my time creating my own arrangements of gospel hymns and writing my own pieces. It is a favorite hobby of mine. I've pretty much grown up in the trees. I'm not sure climbing a tree would be considered a hobby... but, it is something that I enjoy doing. I spend lots of time in the woods that surround me and enjoy all the sounds that come within them. Well, most of the sounds... I love books. I like to say that those who don't enjoy reading only live one life. Well, I've lived hundreds.

Why I am a Mormon

I was actually born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but It couldn't just be a tradition for me. I needed to know, so I prayed about it. I was around 14 when I actually took the challenge to pray about the Book of Mormon and the church. It was after one of my seminary classes. I remember my teacher challenging us to pray about it that day. He said, "You'll leave home one day and it will be critical that you have a testimony when that day comes." That really hit me. I knew I couldn't live off my parents testimony forever. I needed my own. So I prayed about it that night and I felt it was right. Nothing dramatic happened. It was just a feeling of peace and a stream of words in my head saying, "You already know that it's true. You've felt my spirit countless times." I'm a Mormon because I know that it's the right place to be. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know that. What more can I say? I'll scream it on the rooftops. It's true! It's all true! Oh, what joy I'd be missing out on if I was not a member of this faith and knew the truthfulness of the Gospel. The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings real joy to anyone who willingly opens their hearts to it. And I, as well as so many others, am very grateful to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I've been blessed to be a member of a small branch so that I can be of service to my church members there. I'm a primary teacher in my church. I'm also the pianist and organist, as well as the first counselor in the primary presidency. I very much enjoy teaching the scriptures to the young children. I spend many hours in prayer and study of the scriptures in preparation to teach the children in primary, since It's important to me that they learn the truth's in the scriptures and apply them in their lives. I've been blessed in that I'm able to make my talent on the piano useful in my church by playing the organ for our sacrament meeting, and the piano for primary and other meetings. I live my faith a lot in my music. I said before that I enjoy rearranging hymns. The hymn's touch people's hearts and I'm very grateful that I'm able to express my beliefs by playing them and other uplifting music. My faith is mostly lived at home where I study the scriptures personally and with my family as well as have personal and family prayers. My family and I love to serve. It is something that brings joy to both the giver and the receiver. Service is a great way to live my faith. And It is what we do. we serve. I've had the opportunity to be a part of many service projects within my church and community and I absolutely love it! There are a lot of details as to how I live my faith, but to sum it all up I do my best to follow my Saviors example in all things.