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Hi I'm Emma!

I´m a cupcake-loving, sushi-eating, spanish-speaking college girl. I have a passion for sewing and decorating. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of four siblings, all of whom are as crazy as I am. I am a college student who loves to live on her own. I am studying to get into nursing school. I love eating food, but more than eating I love baking! And then eating... My family is active in the Mormon church, and I love the blessings the Gospel brings to my life. I am currently away from home, serving a full time mission for the church in Argentina. But! The opinions and answers here are still my own.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I was born in Idaho. Just kidding! I´m a Mormon because I was blessed to be born into an active Mormon family that taught me who I could become. My parents helped me understand the Gospel Principles and how they would bless me, but they also left me to make my own decisions as to how I would act. Many times I wondered if I really wanted to continue living these Gospel Principles, but everytime I chose otherwise, I suffered. I am a Mormon because I have lived it, tested it, and chosen to stay here.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being a quiet example. In the church, we work according to assignments, or callings. I have taught classes about gospel principles to the little kids, I have worked to organize activities for the youth, and I have given talks in the Sunday meetings. I try to apply the things I learn in church and in the scriptures to everyday situations, so that I really can live my faith, not just say I do.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

One of the first songs we are taught as children in the Church is called "I am a Child of God." In the words of that song, it mentions things that Heavenly Father has done to bless us, things that only a loving Heavenly Father could do. Through the scriptures and faithful, meaningful prayer, we can be brought closer to Him. Prayer may seem like a daunting task, but I like to think of it as a phone call. While I'm away at college, I call home at least once a day, more when I'm having a hard time. If Heavenly Father is my father, He wants to know what's going on as well! He's an all-knowing being, but as we look to Him for support in trials and difficult times, we can be brought closer to Him. He wants to know about the exciting things as well!! I have come to really appreciate and love the relationship that I have with my Heavenly Father. Just like my earthly father, He wants me to check in with Him and let Him know how things are going. He likes to know the highs and lows of my day, and He is anxious to help me make the next day better. Through your conversations and desire, you can be brought to better know our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Sometimes, as members of the church, we get caught up in our own vocabulary and forget that we might use different words for somethings. For example, our congregations and similar organizations have different names. A ward is simply a congregation of Saints, usually organized by geographical location, that meet together. A branch is the same thing, only smaller. Wards typically have about a few hundred members, where a branch might not even have 100. A Stake is a group of wards who belong to a particular group, also based off of geographical area. These organizations help the church leadership to better organize and maintain membership records and adequate service to all. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Of course not! We are followers of Jesus Christ, who spent his whole life helping everyone, even those who did not follow Him. Service is a wonderful way to reach out and help people understand who we REALLY are and what we REALLY act like. From big activities (like natural disaster clean-up) to small acts of kindness (like taking dinner to a sick neighbor), and everything in between, Mormons of all ages are always ready and willing to help others feel the love of Christ through service. Show more Show less