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Hi I'm Emily Peterson

I am a dreamer and an adventurer. I love laughing, enjoying the moment, and hope to travel the world! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Emily, or as many call me, "The Chosen One"... it is kind of my superhero identity! Living life to the fullest is what I'm all about. I was born and raised in Idaho! I have always been known to be a tad bit random, energetic, and full of life. Since I was a little kid, I have been a bit of a tomboy. I love being outdoors, playing sports, and having a good time. Softball, basketball, volleyball, track, cheer, dance...you name it! I am also a bit of a daddy's girl, so anything Lakers, Packers, or Yankees related is perfectly okay with me! In junior high and high school, I became extremely involved in student council and sincerely believe it was the best choice I ever made. Serving my friends and my community made me indescribably full of joy. Knowing I made someone's day a wee bit brighter fills me with sheer happiness. I attended Utah State University for a year but am now attending BYU-Idaho. I plan to get a bachelor's in Communications. I am starting to get into video production and love the possibility of making movies someday. However, I am putting off schooling for a year and a half to serve an LDS mission. I am extremely eager to serve my Heavenly Father and can't wait to bring people to the knowledge of the gospel. After the mission, I hope to travel the world..especially Europe. While many things remain uncertain, a few things are very clear: I love this church, I love my family, and I hope to make a positive difference in the lives of those who surround me.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my whole life; it is something I have always known to be true, without a doubt in my heart. I became engaged to a boy I had been dating for 4 years. During that time, I had forgotten who I was; more importantly, I'd forgotten "whose" I was. After many months of prayer, I received the answer that I needed to serve a mission instead. While it was one of the hardest decisions of my life, I took a leap of faith. This decision has enabled me to see just how much my Heavenly Father loves me. His hand has been more prevalent in my life than I have ever seen it been before. In my hour of need, I was not abandoned; I venture to say that I was carried and safeguarded by angels. I know that I am not just a number; my Father in Heaven knows me, lil' ole' Emily, and He loves me more than I'll ever know. In fact, He loves all of His children, and wants to see them succeed in this life. He is just waiting to answer our prayers, send us help, and take care of us, if we but only ask. I testify that prayers are powerful, miracles are real, and there is hope and happiness ahead if we turn to and seek after our Heavenly Father. It is never, ever to late to change and become the person we are meant to be. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, atoned for our sins; we can find light, happiness, and be made whole again through Him. I know this church is true, with my whole heart, and am beyond grateful for the peace and security it provides for me. I know that I am a literal daughter of a living Father in Heaven. I know that Joseph Smith restored the fullness of the gospel to this earth. I testify that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the word of God. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet sent to guide and instruct us. I know that families can be sealed together forever and that we can be reunited with our loved ones someday. I am beyond grateful for this gospel and don't know where in the world I would be without it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by setting an example to those around me. Whether it's community service or simply smiling at those who pass by, I try every day to make someone's day a little bit brighter. Jesus Christ asked us to "love one another", so I try to reach out and be kind to all those I encounter. I recognize that everyone is going through their own personal trial, and it is my goal to lighten their burden. I attend church every Sunday, where I get the occasional opportunity to give a talk or to bear my testimony. Growing up, I was the President of our young women's group which met every Sunday. This group was ages 12-18. We would plan activities for Tuesday nights, which included: games, socializing, learning about church principles, and serving our community and ward members. Right now, I am preparing myself to serve a 1 1/2 year mission for my church. During this time, I will be called to live somewhere across the world with little contact between me and my family. I will also have the chance to share the gospel with and serve all those who are in my assigned area. I cannot wait to serve my mission!!