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Hi I'm Emma

I've lived on opposite sides of the world. I sing, dance, climb and make websites. I'm a daughter, a mum, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am blessed to belong to a big, loving family, and to have a daughter of my own who is growing to become a wonderful person under the nourishing sunshine of the gospel. My family lived in Fiji, in the South Pacific, for a time when I was teenager. It was a wonderful experience that broadened my horizons and my appreciation of the world that God created for us, and for the importance of families. It was also reassuring to have the church, and the gospel truths being taught, be just the same there as at home in the UK. I play the piano and love to sing. I sing with choirs at church, at work, and in the community. Over the years I have enjoyed many hobbies and interests, including animation, ice-skating, indoor climbing, and more recently dancing modern jive.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to great parents who were already members of the church. I didn't always heed their guidance, but I enjoyed attending church. However, in my early twenties, studying and living away from home and often walking my daughter to church in awful winter weather I questioned why I was making such effort. My conclusion was that the desire was there to attend, and that it was a really good thing in my life and my daughter's life. Since then, and on reflection even before then, I have had many small personal experiences that have confirmed that God exists, that He knows me individually, and that He cares about me and knows how best to guide me in my life. The most contented times of my life have always coincided with the times I have been diligent in following his guidance. He knows you individually too.

How I live my faith

There is little point in beliefs that are not lived. I try to always treat others as I would want to be treated, and I try to presume the best of people. Sometimes it is the smallest of things that can make a big difference. Like listening to a child read at a local school, sharing your sheet music, giving someone a lift to an activity, or making sure you are ready to help out at church, whether that is teaching a sunday school class, looking after the nursery children, or being willing to conduct a hymn at short notice.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

There are no restrictions on who can join the church, and there never have been. God wants everyone to be able to have the blessings that are available through living his gospel, should they choose to do so. There was a period of time when God advised for those of color not to be ordained to the priesthood. It coincided with a time when societies and cultures were not willing to accept that all men are the same, irrelevant of color or race. God, in His wisdom and with an eternal perspective, knew the challenges and problems it would cause. However, He extended the privilege of priesthood ordination to all worthy male members as soon as it was prudent to do so. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

It is simply lack of knowledge. Mormon is a nickname for someone who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter-day Saints. Mormonism is a nickname for the beliefs that such people have. The clue, however, is in the name. This is a Christian faith. We believe in God and Jesus Christ, we worship them, and we try to live by the same gospel that is taught in the Bible: love God and love your fellow man. We also believe in faith, miracles, and that God still speaks to the world through prophets, just as He did in ancient times. He didn't stop with Mohammed, or Moses, or even Christ, but continues to communicate through prophets today. Show more Show less