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Hi I'm EmRee

I'm a farm girl, a laughing wife, a busy mother learning to live with MS, a Family Therapist, a skier, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As the oldest of six red-headed children, I grew up on a farm in Lovell, Wyoming. There my parents taught me to work hard, pray often, and serve always. I served a mission, in Pittsburgh, PA, and then graduated from BYU where I met my husband who encouraged me to attend graduate school to study Marriage and Family Therapy. I loved my graduate studies, but honestly feel motherhood has been my most entertaining educational adventure. By the time my youngest child was four years old, all five of our children were carrying their own ski gear to the mountain: a major milestone in parenthood! Our family has lived in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and now Minnesota. Although raising my family has been my primary work, I love a project and have enjoyed opening a boutique, a dance studio, a movie theater, being a ski instructor, and working as a therapist. I enjoy letting children paint with worms, the color blue, listening to my family laugh, the smell of oranges, a clean house, tulips, looking at family photos, snow storms, General Conference, skiing, and walking. In January of 2003 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and am grateful I spent eight years parking as far away from the handicap stall as possible, skiing fifty days a year, playing outside with my children, walking with friends, and country dancing with my husband who loves me so much he listened to country music and LIVED to tell about it!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt the Holy Spirit touch my heart as I have sought for direction and wisdom. My first memory of kneeling in prayer to know of His truth was when I was a child. I remember being in the mountains and feeling overwhelmed with the beauty of My Heavenly Father's creations. I prayed with gratitude and sought to confirm that the path I was on was His will for me. The theme of that prayer has been repeated as I have reached different crossroads in my life. I am a Mormon because in practicing my faith I have come to know that I am a Child of God, that He loves me, and that he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to prepare a way for me to return to live with Him and my family not just here on earth but throughout eternity. I know He is aware of my desires, my strengths, and my limitations, which The Savior, Jesus Christ, makes up for daily. I know that my Redeemer lives and my joy increases when I seek to follow the example He has set. My faith in The Savior Jesus Christ is strengthened as I read the holy scriptures and as I listen to the words of our modern day prophets. As I study these teachings I feel my mind enlightened as The Spirit testifies of the truths I have read and heard. My life has been filled with joy as I follow His council, make and keep sacred covenants, and serve others. I am at peace knowing that my family that I love so much on earth is sealed to me and will be with me throughout the eternities.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is most manifest in how I have tried to raise my children. Together with my husband we have taught our children to love others, to search the scriptures, to make choices that open options in their lives, to be obedient to the commandments of God, and to rely on the mercy of our Savior when they have done all they can do. People honestly amaze me. It doesn't matter if I'm serving children, youth or adults, I learn, laugh with them, cry with them and feel strengthened by their lives. Professionally, my faith is manifest as I honestly believe my patients have unmeasurable worth. I am honored to be a part of their lives and stand amazed as they find strength to overcome challenges.