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Hi I'm Emily Goates

I'm a small town girl who grew up milking goats. I play 12 instruments and compose music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a really tiny town in the middle of Utah. We raised goats, chickens, and a couple other animals and I did 4H with horses when I was in my younger teens. I am the oldest of 7 kids and I was homeschooled up until my junior year of high school when I took a few classes from the high school. I just graduated with my Associate of Arts in Music from a community college. I plan on getting a Bachelors in Songwriting and Composition and possibly Music Production. I love anything with music. I write music, sing in choirs, beatbox a little, and play a bunch of different instruments but my main ones are piano, organ, violin, ukulele, and guitar. Basically I like to try out anything I can get my hands on. My family and I have a mini bluegrass band and I'm the fiddler. I LOVE to read. I love mysteries, historical novels, classics, and fantasy. I enjoy going to plays, but even more I enjoy acting, especially in musicals. I love western swing dancing, amusement parks, blue skies, cheese cake, babies, hiking, and swinging. My favorite color is blue, and Mexican and Italian food is AMAZING. Random fact, I don't eat chocolate because it makes me kind of sick. I love meeting new people and I believe there is good to be found in everyone. I am currently serving as a full time missionary in Tennessee and I have found some of the deepest joy I've ever experienced as I have had the opportunity to teach others about Jesus Christ and His wonderful gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I know God is our Heavenly Father and love Him deeply. I learned that He was there at a young age through prayer. I was born into a Mormon family. Both my parents are Mormons and their parents were Mormons. While it's true that being raised in a Mormon family had some sort of influence on my religious beliefs, it was important for me to know for myself that this life style and religion was right for me. This may seem simple but the honest truth is I tried it out. I lived the teachings, I read the Book of Mormon, I followed the counsel of church leaders, I prayed to know if it was true, and I received my answer by the way it made me feel and the positive results I saw happening in my life. When I pray, I know God is listening. More times than I could possibly remember I have had prayers answered. Most often they are simple things, like when I lost my keys or when I was really nervous to perform in a concert and God helped me. Just like God answered those prayers, He answered my prayers to know if this church was His church. I know that He loves me and blesses me every day and I want to do what He wants me to do. I tried it out for myself and I've seen blessings, protection, and happiness from living the teachings in His church. By trying it out I know that this is what God wants me to do and that it truly brings real happiness into my life. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

One of the biggest ways I live what I believe is through my musical talents. Growing up my Mom insisted that I learn to play the piano. This began my love for music and I've continued my music education by learning as many instruments as I can get my hands on and getting a college level education in music. Multiple times a week I am called upon to play hymns and other inspirational music in church meetings and classes. I also volunteer to accompany religious choirs. I compose music and most of what I've written is uplifting and encouraging music that is focused on helping others to come closer to God. I also recently served as a leader for the women in the church in the area where I live. I was in charge of watching out for them and their physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. Some of the responsibilities I held included helping women in need of food, taking care of those who were sick, counseling and comforting those who were grieving or struggling with difficult decisions, and teaching religious classes. One of the best ways to live my faith is by treating others the way Jesus Christ would, including giving unconditional service and love. Right now I'm serving as a missionary for my church. For a year and a half I've left behind my family, friends, education, and normal life to teach the gospel and serve others 24/7. It can be hard but it's worth it. It's brought me closer to my Savior than I ever dreamed I could be.