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Hi I'm Emma Hartman

I'm a friend, a college student, a future theologian, and a seeker and chooser of joy!

About Me

I am the oldest of five kiddos and a happy little easterner! I grew up in York, Pennsylvania and went to York Suburban Senior HS. I am currently a student at BYU-Idaho and loving every minute of it! I have a love of learning and so I've changed my mind about my major a few times, but am excited to be majoring in Social Studies Education. I hope to one day receive my Masters and PhD in Theological Studies...maybe from Harvard Divinity School?! I am an EMT, a research assistant, and love the opportunities I have in my life to help others. My favorite thing about myself is that I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am not perfect, and don't claim to be, but I love knowing that perfection (while not in this life) is not out of reach. Constantly striving to do better and be better has allowed me to grow and help others to do the same. I've learned that life is not without trials and heartbreak, but these experiences are for our benefit and expand and enlarge our capacity to grow and become the people that our Heavenly Father would have us be. I am a joyful person because I am coming to understand the Plan of Happiness and I want others to feel that same joy. "Sweet is the peace the gospel brings." I'm not going to say that I'm just like any other college student because I'm not. I'm no better, I'm no worse--just different. It's these differences that make the world a wonderful place to be and I hope to contribute to that.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints it the only complete and true church on the earth, it's that simple. The standards we uphold are not easy ones in a world where sin and things which are carnal in nature are the default, but these standards protect me, not prohibit me. The joy that the gospel has brought me and continues to bring me is unparalleled; I have found peace and knowledge, I have felt truly loved and valued, and discovered my individual worth and divine nature as a daughter of God and I know that others can come to know the same. I am not a Mormon because my parents are, I am not a Mormon because it's cool, [even though it is ;) ] I am not a Mormon because it's easy, I am a Mormon because I KNOW that the gospel taught is true! I also know that all can come to know of its truth, YOU INCLUDED! Read the Book of Mormon and ask for yourself if it is true and you will receive the answer. Moroni 10:3-5 reads, "Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." Being an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has brought me more lasting joy than I can even comprehend. I want others to know of such joy as well.

How I live my faith

I believe that I best live my faith by constantly trying to live my faith. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is perfect, and I am far from being so, but by striving towards progression and spiritual growth I am coming to live my faith. It's not about being perfect, it's about evolution from the natural man to a more spiritually minded person! Article of Faith 13 states, "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." If I am working to do and become what Joseph Smith, Jr. envisioned for the Saints, I am living my faith. We as Latter-day Saints ARE in fact part of the Christian religion, despite a few key differences that set us apart from most. That being said, we are to act as Christians would: We are not to judge, we are to love and serve. We are not to be idle, we are to be anxiously engaged in a good cause! We believe in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost and that these three separate beings are unified in purpose. I encourage all (myself included) to "come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God."