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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a dancer, an oldest sibling, skydiver, and a teacher. I love life, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My name is Emily, and I was born and raised in the LDS faith. I love gaining new skills and hobbies such playing ukelele, making sushi, and knitting! Along with my faith, dancing is something that has been deeply rooted within me from the time I was a very small child. I have traveled across the United States participating in conventions, dancing in movies, and modeling on occasion. During my teen years, I constantly had my hands full balancing my two different lives. I had one foot in the dance/modeling world, and one in my gospel-centered, "school and family" life. I began to notice, especially when I was away from home to stark contrast between the two worlds. I had a happiness and purpose in my life that I knew came from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of the people I worked with led very different lifestyles than that of my own, and I knew that if I let my standards slip, that happiness and success I had come to know would be gone. I chose to go to college instead of pursuing a career in the entertainment world, and although it was hard at first to give up what I had been training for my whole life, I have been incredibly blessed for my efforts. I now continue to find joy in dancing through my new-found passion of teaching Contemporary Dance classes in college. Nothing makes me happier than teaching and sharing my love for dance and the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this is the Lord's one true church that has all the keys and authority restored to it on Earth. I know from personal experience what it feels like to lose focus, or not know where to go next in life. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the one thing on this Earth that can repair all wounds, heal all doubts, and erase your past mistakes. I am a Mormon because I know of the indescribable joy that comes through finding your purpose in life through the gospel. If you turn you faith over to Christ, you will find your purpose. His gospel is one that helps you find your way when you are lost, and remind you of who you are and why you are here on this Earth. I know we do not know all things, but we do have the fullness of the everlasting gospel. I will continue to live my faith until I die.

How I live my faith

Being in college now, I try to live my life by being an example, especially to my five little brothers and sisters. I am very close to my family, and I know they have watched, and will continue to watch the decisions I make in my life. I have had some incredible examples in my life that have led and guided me, and I would be devastated if I were to lead any of them into an unhappy place in life because of my example. I am an extremely firm believer in being obedient to the little things that Lord requires of us. I believe that by simple obedience, we are immediately blessed, and often know the reasons for these blessings. Sometimes it is hard to follow through with the little things like praying morning and night, reading scriptures, and using the gift of repentance daily, especially when we lead such busy lives. But I testify that regardless of how busy you are, it will always be worth it to involve our Father in Heaven in every aspect of our lives. It is very important to me to show that I love Him by striving to be obedient to the little things every day of my life. I would not have been able to lead to life I have without His help and His blessings. I will be serving and LDS Mission to Chile in the near future to help others find the joy that I have found in mine.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Emily
I personally have many friends who struggle with this issue, and I cannot imagine how it must feel to deal with a trial such as this. First know that God loves you, and the church loves you as well, not the lifestyle associated with homosexuality, but you, just as everyone else, is one of God's children. This is the one true gospel, and that has not kept many individuals with homosexual tendencies from finding out the truth for themselves, and finding strength through the gospel. Christ's gospel is one of endurance, regardless of the trial we are tasked with. The ability to create families is considered one of the most sacred privileges we have on this Earth, and is to be viewed and respected with reverence. You can still find joy, and happiness in this life by obeying God's commandments, serving, and growing through your trials. I know that we do not know, or necessarily understand everything in this life, but I know we have a loving Heavenly Father that does. If we continue to obey His commandments, we will be blessed, and one day understand things as He does too. Show more Show less