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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a public health student. I love foreign food. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now, I am in college studying public health. I chose this major because ever since I was a little kid, I've had a passionate interest in social and health inequalities, especially among the global community. Recently, I was given a golden opportunity to spend a few months in South Africa volunteering in an HIV hospice and bonding with some of the most lovely people on that continent. I loved learning more about the culture and history of the people there, and I hope to have more opportunities to travel and learn about other peoples and places around the world. My other hobbies and interests include experimenting in the kitchen, trying foods from all over the world, playing the piano, and having spontaneous dance parties at midnight with my roommates.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to be born into the church, but throughout my life, I have made it my mission to gain my own testimony of the principles of the gospel. Although I, like everyone else, am not perfect, I strive to be obedient to the commandments that have been given to us by Heavenly Father through prophets both ancient and living. As I have done so, I have received incredible blessings in my life including a loving family, the peace of knowing that I am doing what Heavenly Father wants me to be doing, and a prevailing feeling of happiness. In Matthew 12:33, it says "the tree is known by his fruit," and I know that such positive feelings and consequences can only be the result of a good thing. Over and over, I have received confirmation through the Holy Ghost that Heavenly Father loves us and that this is his gospel. Through the principles and ordinances of the gospel, we can someday return to live with Him and be united to our families forever. I know that this is true, and I am so grateful for that knowledge.

How I live my faith

Every day, I wake up and say a prayer that I will be able to help someone during the day. Sometimes, the opportunities that come are obvious, but other times I think I am able to give service simply by talking to someone or giving a sincere compliment. Throughout my life, I have come to know that Heavenly Father loves his children profoundly, and that His greatest work is blessing us with opportunities to grow and be happy. I try to live my faith by making that my mission as well, to help and love people through the bad times as well as the good ones.

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

Modesty in dress is an especially important habit that helps us to be chaste. In 1 Corinthians 3:16, it says "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you?" Our bodies are a sacred gift from our loving Heavenly Father, and dressing them modestly is a way of showing respect for that gift. As we do so, we learn how to love our bodies and the spirits that "dwelleth in" them without needing the approval from the world and from our peers that comes from "being sexy." People with this kind of confidence and self-respect would never engage in casual physical intimacy. They have learned to love and respect their bodies more than that as they have carefully planned and sacrificed to keep their bodies modest. Parents can teach their children how to be modest primarily by setting the example in their own dress and attitudes. If you respect your body and its sanctity and demonstrate that through your own dress, your children will learn to do the same. You can also help them to make attractive and appropriate choices as you shop together. It usually takes more time and energy to find clothes that are both modest and attractive, but I can promise you they are out there and that the sacrifice will help your children learn the importance of their bodies and the importance of remaining chaste. Show more Show less