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Hi I'm Emily Kruszynski

I was born in Poland. I'm an artist and art teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Poland, but grew up in Canada speaking Polish and English, and later learned Russian on my mission. I have always loved art and spent most of my time drawing, painting, and decorating. I studied fine arts and education at Brigham Young University and did a master's degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art in the United States. I have taught art to children of all ages from community programs in Toronto, Ontario to high school outside of Washington, DC. I love to travel and have also lived in Russia, Kazakhstan, Israel, and now the United Kingdom where I continue to teach art and paint. I currently am painting maps of places that have left a mark on who I am and the many places I call home.

Why I am a Mormon

From a very early age, I just felt that this was right; I felt the church was true. Growing up with a father who is a convert to the church and a mother who is a devoted Catholic, I had to choose and find out for myself which church was true and which path I would follow. To respect the wishes of my mother, I waited until I was 18 to be baptized into the LDS church, but through much study, prayer, and involvement in the church, I knew much sooner that this was God's way and His church, that Jesus Christ is the head of it, that it was restored to the earth by a living prophet, and that the fullness of the gospel is contained here (there are no missing pieces and this is how the church would be if God Himself were on the earth). As I continue to take active part in the church and as I continue to learn and pray, I am filled with the spirit that tells me that this is true and right and it brings me greater happiness than almost anything else in this world. I know who I am (a daughter of God), I know why I am here (to be tested and be happy), and I know my potential and where I can end up (with my Heavenly Father and family forever)...and not to mention have guidance and direction from God every step of the way.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow the commandments of Jesus Christ and follow His example. I try to be kind and loving to all those around me regardless of what they believe and serve them in any way that I can. I try to live a good, pure life filled with hope, faith, and gratitude and try to be better each day (and repent on days I don't do so great). I read scriptures and attend church meetings and activities, and pray often. Serving as a Relief Society president in my ward, I have the privilege of being a leader in a women's organization of phenomenal women by learning with them, sharing, teaching, uplifting and being uplifted, serving, loving, and helping each other to be a little better, a little stronger, and a little happier each day. I try to share this happiness that I have with those I meet because I genuinely care for people and see them all as God's children and want nothing more than for them to have what I have; the understanding, peace, and joy that comes from living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Emily Kruszynski
Mormon women are all very different, but are one in purpose; we strive to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. We strive to nurture and love, we embrace motherhood whether we have children of our own or not, and we try to live clean, virtuous lives. We love womanhood and believe that is a divinely appointed role and privilege to be a daughter of God. The church emphasizes that all of God's children, whether male or female, are equal partners and that God is no respecter of persons. Women in the church are grateful for men that can bless and protect them with the priesthood power given to men and understand it as a joint role. Men in the church that have the priesthood and use it honorably give great respect and honor to women and make it their first priority to providing for and protecting them and their children. Show more Show less