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Hi I'm Emily Speth

I am a student at Brigham Young University - Idaho, majoring in Marriage and Family Studies. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am third of 5 children in my family. I love playing the piano and singing with my sister. I am studying vocal education in college and hope to teach private voice and piano when I graduate.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has helped me through hard times in my life. I grew up in the gospel, but as I grew older, I studied the scriptures. I prayed to my Heavenly Father, the source of all truth, and asked if the things I had been taught were true. I don't know where I would be without my knowledge of the atoning sacrifice of my older brother Jesus Christ. He suffered in the garden of Gethsemane so that I could repent from my sins and live with my Heavenly Father again. I try to follow his commandments the best I can, but it's hard sometimes with the pressures of the world all around me. And even when I am doing well, I am still imperfect and it is then, every day of my life, that I go to my Heavenly Father in prayer to use the atonement of Jesus Christ. What I cannot do, the Savior will make up the difference.

How I live my faith

In my congregation, I am a pianist for our weekly meetings. Music brings the Spirit of God and I feel blessed that I get to provide that service for my brothers and sisters whom I worship with. I also have the opportunity to spend time working in the Temple each week. In the temple, we make covenants, or promises, with God. I get to assist people as they come to worship and make covenants with their Heavenly Father.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Emily Speth
Christ taught that baptism by the proper authority opens the first door to eternal life. Many people died without the opportunity to be baptized, so we do the baptisms by proxy and those individuals can then choose in the next life if they want to accept or decline that which was done in their behalf. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Emily Speth
Although serving a mission is not required by the church, we consider it a privilege to serve our Heavenly Father in such a way. I chose to serve a mission so I could spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to my brothers and sisters who haven't had the opportunity to accept it. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Emily Speth
We know we are all children of God, but in this life, we experience hard times. The welfare program is to help people, while they are struggling, to get back on their feet and be self reliant. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Emily Speth
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Our Heavenly Father sent him to earth to be our Savior and Redeemer. While on the earth, he established the Lord's church, and was baptized. When Christ's earthly ministry was coming to a close, he atoned for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane so that each of us, if we accept it and follow his commandments, may repent of our sins and be forgiven. Our Savior then died on the cross so every individual born on the earth can be resurrected. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Emily Speth
Jesus Christ organized his church when he was on the earth, but after he was crucified, and his disciples all died, the priesthood authority of God was taken from the earth. God loves his children and want them to have the fullness of his gospel, so he restored the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth in it's fullness through the prophet Joseph Smith in 1830. Since that time, the message of the restoration of the church of Jesus Christ has spread throughout the world. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Emily Speth
We believe that families can be together FOREVER! If we make covenants with our Heavenly Father, through the proper priesthood authority in His holy temples, He promises that we can live with our families even after death. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Emily Speth
Throughout the Old Testament, there have been periods of apostasy, times when the people were not willing to listen to the counsel of prophets. Periodically, the Lord would see fit to re-establish His church by calling a new prophet to the earth. We see this with Abraham, Noah, and others. Finally, the Savior himself came to earth and established his church, with prophets and apostles as well as the power and authority of God. When Christ was crucified, and the prophets were all killed, that authority was lost from the earth. Many people remembered the teachings of Christ and tried to continue the church. But they didn't have the authority, and many pieces of doctrine were lost or changed. Around 1830, Joseph Smith, saw all these religions and wondered why there were so many differences. The Bible states that there is "One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism." His first vision was the beginning of the Lord restoring His church to the earth in these days. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Emily Speth
You can communicate with your Heavenly Father through prayer. As you pray to him, he will guide you in the path that he wants you to go, and just like your earthly father, the more you talk with him, the stronger your relationship will grow. He has also given us resources that will help us along and teach us about him. Studying the scriptures provide clarity to our purpose here on earth. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Emily Speth
We wear our "Sunday Best" when we attend services on Sunday because it shows respect for our Heavenly Father as we worship Him and His Son. We love to celebrate Christmas and Easter because it is a time to think of the Savior and remember his Birth, Atonement and Resurrection! We also celebrate regional and national holidays and other important events! Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Emily Speth
God loves all his children. The people of the Bible were no more important than we are. And in this day and age, we definitely need counsel from the Lord, just like the people in Noah's day. God has provided a prophet for his children to lead them through these times of trials. As we listen to the words of the prophets, we can align our will with what Heavenly Father has planned for our families. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Emily Speth
The Relief Society is a woman's organization functioning all around the world. The purpose of Relief Society is to build faith, strengthen families, and help those in need. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Emily Speth
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's church. It's not man's church. It has been restored by God through a prophet. The priesthood authority that Christ had during his earthy ministry is again on the earth. The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, was brought brought forth and translated through that priesthood power. The role of the Holy Ghost is to confirm truth, and when someone reads The Book of Mormon, or attends one of our services, the Holy Ghost bears witness to their heart that it IS true. That is why the Church continues to grow. People are searching for truth, for answers and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has that. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Emily Speth
We build temples unto the Lord so we can receive sacred ordinances. These ordinances bind our families together for eternity. We also perform ordinances, such as baptism, proxy for our family who passed away without having received the gospel. Because of the sacred nature of the ordinances that are performed in the temple, only baptized, qualified members can enter the temple after it is dedicated, however, anyone is welcome to visit the grounds any time and attend the open house prior to the dedications. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Emily Speth
We live in accordance with the commandments as best we can. We know that our loving Heavenly Father gives us commandments to help us reach our full potential and not to hinder our happiness. The scriptures tell us we are to have joy in this life and family is the center of that joy. Our Father in Heaven knows the vitality of strong family relationships and therefore we do all we can in this life to strengthen our families. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Emily Speth
God is our loving Heavenly Father. We are His spirit children, and therefore we are made in His image. He has a body of flesh and bones. And He loves us immensely. He hears and answers every one of our prayers because his love is perfect. He knows me personally and He will guide me home to live with Him again after this life. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Emily Speth
In about 1820, there was a boy, Joseph Smith, who was concerned about his eternal salvation. He read in the Bible, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." So Joseph went to a quiet grove of trees and turned to his Heavenly Father in prayer. In his own words, Joseph wrote, "I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head which decended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me, I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other -- this is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" Joseph Smith saw God, our Eternal Father, and His son, Jesus Christ. They told him to join none of the many churches that existed at the time. Joseph was told that he would be the tool that God would use to restore His priesthood authority to the earth again. Show more Show less