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Hi I'm Emily Louise

I grew up a fanatical reader. I'm still a fanatical reader. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Along with an egregious amount of reading, I also draw on nearly every scrap of paper I can get my hands on. (Despite being an English major, I still occasionally end my sentences with a prepositional phrase; shame on me). When doodling, I prefer to use pencil because I consider the eraser to be a vital part of my style, but I can work with pen if that's all I can find in the bottom of my purse. If I have to pick an outdoor activity that I'm fond of (that's not reading), I'd have to say that I adore water in nearly every form - rain, snow, rivers, streams, oceans - and most activities that go with them.

Why I am a Mormon

If I want to explain why I believe everything I believe, do everything I do, writing my testimony of the gospel is the one of the most effective ways I can think of doing so. A sweet and simple declaration of things I know and believe to be true. I believe in a God, that he is our heavenly father, who loves us. I trust him implicitly. His son, Jesus Christ, came down to this earth to atone for our sins, for our pains, and for the wrongs that have been committed against us. There isn’t a joy, pain, or sorrow we’ve experienced that he hasn’t. I believe that the church Jesus set up during his ministry has been restored on the earth today, and that we again have priesthood, prophets, and apostles available to us. Our current prophet, Thomas S. Monson, has indeed been called of God to act on this earth as a seer and revelator, just like the prophets of old. I believe that Joseph Smith Jr., who translated the Book of Mormon (another testimony of Jesus Christ), was indeed a prophet of God. I cannot be more sure of anything than what I have written in these few sentences.

How I live my faith

It's my goal to live life as the Savior showed us. I want to be able to look at people and see them as God sees them, then have the courage to get up and do something about what I see. (It's amazing how much brighter everything seems when your hours are dedicated to the service of others.) Recently I've been called to preach the gospel in Sao Paolo, Brasil. I look forward to enthusiastically sharing what I believe (in Portuguese!) because I know my life has been richly enhanced by knowing God's plan for me.