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Hi I'm Emily Braithwaite

I grew up in southern California. I love the beach, being active, running, and making the most of life! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Laguna Hills, California. In high school I enjoyed cheerleading and spending any extra time I had at the beach. I'm a student at Brigham Young University studying applied statistics. I moved to Nagoya, Japan when I was 19 years old and spent the next year and a half serving as a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It was the sweetest experience! I wouldn't trade the time I had with the sweet Japanese people for the world! The following semester after my mission, I studied abroad at the BYU Jerusalem Center where I learned a lot about the middle east and the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. I'm currently living in Provo and going to school. I work at the Missionary Training Center in Provo Utah, serving among incredible servants of the Lord. After I graduate, I plan on attending either law school or business school. I love the beach, surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and running. I want to run marathons for the rest of my life and hope to one day qualify for the Boston Marathon. I love all kinds of music, and enjoy playing the piano. I love to be out and about. I am an avid Angel's baseball fan. I have grown up in a family of five kids, and I love my siblings dearly. Family is everything to me! I love life, and am grateful to be a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the gospel is true and I love it with all of my heart. The happiness, peace, and joy that I have in my life because of the gospel of Jesus Christ is indescribable. I know that God is our literal Father in Heaven. I testify that He lives, He knows you, and He knows me. He loves us so perfectly that He sent His perfect Son, even our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, to the Earth to die for us. Jesus suffered and died so that we might repent and live again! This is not the end. There is so much more in store for all of us. We are here to learn, to be molded, and become better. We are here on Earth, to be tested and tried. This mortal journey is not easy, but it is ultimately for our benefit, so that we may become better sons and daughters of God. We all make mistakes and so we have the gift of the Atonement to utilize when we fall short. This life is truly the time for us to prepare ourselves before we return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. He has blessed us with the restored gospel of Jesus Christ through a latter-day prophet, Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith translated the ancient record of the Book of Mormon so that we can read therein and learn what God needs us to do. God has not left us alone to fend for ourselves in this world. No, we have this beautiful gospel, our scriptures, prayer, even a living prophet on the Earth to guide us and direct us in the path we should follow. We each have a purpose and have all been blessed with skills and spiritual talents to help us and others become better. This gospel is the truth, it is the most precious thing I know. It brings true joy to all those who find it and come to know of its truth. I cannot begin to thank my Father in Heaven for His beautiful plan of salvation, and for blessing us with the restored gospel. I pray that all might seek to know of the truth as well, for it will surely bring pure and lasting happiness.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by choosing to be a little better each day. I can become better by drawing nearer to my Savior Jesus Christ and following His perfect example. I live each day trying to always remember Him, and putting His teachings into practice. Actions speak volumes, they mean everything. As I look for ways to uplift, strengthen, and serve others I become a little bit better. When I follow the Savior's example, I show Him that I love Him. I look for ways to strengthen the members of my family day in and day out. Standing for what I know is right in uncomfortable situations with friends shows my faith in the gospel. By fulfilling tasks I am asked to perform for church, I show my willingness and commitment to help those around me.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Emily Braithwaite
We have twelve apostles still today because God continues to speak to His children now as He did in times of old. His apostles are the means by which God teaches His children. They hold the power and authority to act in God's name and lead God's church on the Earth today. Show more Show less