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Hi I'm Emily

I love old books, Andes mints, and brown paper packages tied up with strings. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love anything musical: singing, dancing, belting my heart out on stage, it's all good. Ooh! And anything crafty! Painting, drawing, sewing, you name it. I also love to see new places and experience new cultures. One day (when I'm simply rolling in the dough) I want to travel the world, and see places laden with history and architecture, colorful clothing and amazing foods. I'm the oldest of five kids and have the best family on Earth. Or ever. I love them with all of my heart!

Why I am a Mormon

What am I a Mormon? Because I love it! Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the greatest blessing in my life, and believe me I've been very blessed. Being a member of this faith requires a high standard of living, but only because the Lord knows THAT'S what will make us happy! I know that the reason I'm excited to get up in the morning (after I've shaken off the morning grogginess) is because I live a marvelous life, because of the way I've chosen to live. I mean, obviously my life is not always sunshine and rosebuds. I still feel anger and sorrow and disappointment, I still experience pain and fear and deaths of loved ones. But because I have the Gospel of Jesus Christ to lean on, I know that this life isn't it. There is something so much better waiting for us, and we can live life at its most wonderful if we will do all that the Lord has asked of us now. It's really not a lot, especially when compared to the reward. I love being a Mormon because I know my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus the Christ love me, and have given me--and the whole world!--this plan to return to them.

How I live my faith

I live my faith pretty simply. I've never rescued a disaster-stricken town, but I do try to follow my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the ways he's asked me to. I lift where I stand, so to speak. I strive to live each day as He would, serving quietly, strengthening my family through kindness and support, searching His word daily, and keeping myself physically, mentally, and spiritually clean. I recently finished serving a full-time mission in New England. I loved sharing this beautiful gospel with the people of Boston, and I felt such love for them and joy as they experience the happiness I've found. I try to share the truth now simply by how I live. I truly believe that if we live the Lord's plan to the best of our abilities, we will be prepared and eager to share it with the whole world.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Emily
LDS missions are completely voluntary. Because of the enormous good missions do for the world and for the individual, the church's stand, as stated by the President of the Church, Thomas S. Monson, is that "we encourage all young men who are worthy and who are physically able and mentally capable to respond to the call to serve. Many young women also serve, but they are not under the same mandate to serve as are the young men. We assure the young sisters of the Church, however, that they make a valuable contribution as missionaries, and we welcome their service." No one is forced to go on a mission, but the recommendation--especially for young men--is definitely there. Show more Show less