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Hi I'm Emily

I grew up in Utah. I am a musician, artist, and adventurer. I recently returned from a mission in Nebraska. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am cellist studying music performance at a local university. I also love to paint, draw, and write, and I was on my high school tennis team. I love going running, reading, listening to uplifting music, and almost any kind of puzzle; I find that these things really help clear my mind and relieve stress. I love being busy, and I thrive off of productivity. My family has a very "punny" sense of humor, and we often spend family dinners trying to outwit each other. I'm left-handed, and I recently discovered the life-altering lefty notebook! Can't believe I hadn't discovered it before. I am serving in the Nebraska Omaha Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an active LDS family. With that in mind, it's important to understand that I was never forced into being Mormon, going to church, or anything like that. My parents always encouraged it and tried to help me understand how it could bless my life but the decision was always mine whether or not to go to church with them, what to believe, and so on. When I turned 8 years old and was of age to decide whether or not to be baptized and confirmed a member of the LDS church, I made my own decision to accept this gospel. Young as I was, I knew what baptism meant. I knew I was (and am) a daughter of God our Heavenly Father, and I knew what it felt like to be touched by the Holy Ghost. I knew, by the power of the Spirit, that through baptism by priesthood authority I could be cleansed from all my sins and mistakes and have the companionship of the Holy Ghost to guide me if I kept myself worthy. Since that time, I have had extremely difficult trials in my life (as everyone does) and I know I would not have made it through those times without this gospel. Because of that, I know that in spite of ANYTHING I go through, I can have peace and comfort when I am doing my best to pray sincerely and keep God's commandments. Even in my darkest moments, I know I was never truly alone. I can feel His love for me - love that's unconditional, no matter who I am or what I have done. He loves each of us completely and perfectly because we are His children. He loves me. He loves you.

How I live my faith

I have really enjoyed planning and going to a variety of service-oriented activities. Some people may think service activities are difficult or boring, but I've found some of my greatest friends through service. Helping others has also enabled me to forget or even find solutions to trials in my life and given me precious experiences I will never forget. I love contributing to my community through music. Since it's such a huge part of my life, I have noticed how different types of music greatly affect things like your thoughts, emotions, attitude, and even actions. I love finding new, uplifting music and sharing it with those around me so that they can be moved and uplifted as well. As a cellist, I also love frequently expressing my thoughts and emotions through my instrument. It's amazing the kind of difference you feel in your life when you are listening to good music!