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Hi I'm Emily

Love family, friends, trying new things, laughing, eating, dancing, sports, movies, traveling, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at Brigham Young University studying Technology and Engineering Education. I hope to teach pre-engineering at a high school level. I took a break from school to serve an 18 month mission in Florida. I have competitively danced, golfed, and was a wrestling manager. I was also a peer-counselor in high school. I love doing service and am involved in the service program at school. I have lived in Utah, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, and Colorado. I am the third of six children. I am incredibly close with my family and love them very much. I couldn't imagine a world without them. I always enjoy trying new things or just having new experiences-especially with those that mean the world to me.

Why I am a Mormon

A lot of people think that because I was born into the church, that's the only reason why I'm a member. Fortunately, I know that isn't true. I grew up in six different states, and considering Mormon's were a minority in five of them, I got the chance to really learn for myself to question and find out what I really believed for myself. I've always felt good about our beliefs. It made sense to me and it felt right. I think it was in high school as I was getting ready to go to college and be on my own that I really decided that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. One of the great things about this church is that they encourage us to seek truth and answers. I know one can always find what they're looking for, so if I went looking for the truth with an open mind, then I could begin to find it. I also know that if I try and find something to go against this, then that would come up, too -- whether true or not. Well, in earnestly seeking with an open heart and mind, I found truth and I get to keep learning and growing with it today. I love my family, and as I learn about the Plan of Salvation (the Lord's plan for us), I have overwhelming peace, and I know it is true. I know that I want to be with my family forever and there is nothing that I would want more. I continue to find more peace with the gospel as I strive to understand it more and look for additional answers.

How I live my faith

I grew up in the church, so the standards that they teach have always been a foundation for a lot of my life. We get to live our faith by not just participating-which many times includes having our own roles- in church services on Sunday but also striving to live each day how Christ would want us to live. I'm definitely far from perfect, but each day, we get to try and be better and continue striving to love all of those around us and live how our Heavenly Father would want us to live. I think the biggest way that I live my faith is just by trying to be better. I know I have fallback days, but I just love the hope that the church has helped me to gain of just the worth of trying.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Emily
Family is central to our church. Everything that we do is to strengthen our home and family and bring us closer to Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. In this life, we want to progress as a family so that we can be with each other for the eternities. In order to do so, we have to have all of the saving ordinances done. The first being baptism. Just as they did in biblical times, we perform this ordinance for the dead so that we can do further ordinances. Some people did not have this opportunity to accept the gospel in this life, but because Heavenly Father is a just God, he provides a way for those who have already passed on to obtain this ordinance. Show more Show less

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

Emily
Mormon women are just like women all over the world. We do have defined beliefs as far as gender roles/responsibility are concerned. Women are natural born nurturers and hold the primary responsibility to provide that in the home. Both parents are expected to work together and provide a unified home for their family. We believe that men and women are equal and both necessary and help the church to succeed-which is why Adam needed Eve. There are many great examples of strong women including Ruth, Esther, Sarah, Mary, etc, but one of my favorite examples comes from Alma 56 in The Book of Mormon in the story of the Stripling Warriors. There was a generation of men who had covenanted to lay down their weapons of war. Their enemies used this as an opportunity to attack their families. Well, they had sons who had not made this covenant, so they took up arms at an incredibly young age to protect their family, freedom, and land. During the chapter it says, " 47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. 48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it." Women make such a difference, and provide the roots for children along with men. Show more Show less