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Hi I'm Emily

I read. I write. I speak. I debate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For as long as I can remember, I've read books. When I was younger I read mainly fantasy and historical fiction. In the last couple of years, I've expanded the type of books I'm interested in to include many types of nonfiction. I've stopped limiting myself to certain types of fiction, and now I read whatever interests me, which happens to include a bit of everything. My family homeschools. It's been a great adventure, and I've learned so much.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized at age eight, largely because my parents believed and I couldn't imagine not being baptized. Over the last few years I have had many spiritual experiences when the Holy Ghost has confirmed to me that certain aspects of the church are true. Over the last few months, I have run across many blogs that detail the experiences, beliefs, and ideas of Mormon feminists. This has been very eye-opening for me, because as a Utah LDS homeschooler, almost everyone I know is very conservative. At times, it has been difficult for me to reconcile ideas that make so much sense with the church. Ultimately, I believe that the church is led by prophets and apostles who are called of God. Because the church is run by people, and people are imperfect, the church is imperfect. I believe that as we draw closer to the Savior, individually and collectively, we will become more perfect together.

How I live my faith

Every morning at 7:30 I attend Seminary and learn about the scriptures. I'm also in charge of planning church activities for the young women who are my age and helping them feel included. I pray every night, and try to do so every morning. I read my scriptures every night.

What is being a Mormon like?

This question is almost impossible to answer. What is being a Mormon like? Well, that's different for everyone. But for me, being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a very rewarding experience. I have the opportunity to attend church each week and learn about Jesus Christ and His teachings. I am able to interact with others my age who share similar beliefs each week. I interact with people of all ages at church and in my meetings. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

This is a very interesting question. A Christian is defined as a person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings. Members of the church believe in Jesus Christ and His teachings, or we would not be members! In order to become a member of the church, one must be baptized. So yes, Mormons are Christians. However, many Christians believe that to be a Christian is to believe certain things that are not outlined in the Bible, or that are described in an unclear way. Mormons may nor may not subscribe to these beliefs. Show more Show less