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Hi I'm Emily

I grew up in the US Air Force. I'm 20 years old and I used to work with disabled individuals. Now, I'm on a mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in the military, I have lived in several interesting places. My two favorite places have been Misawa, Japan and where my family now lives in Eagle River, Alaska. I graduated high school at 16 years old (because I skipped first and eighth grade) and I'm now 20 years old and serving in the Utah Salt Lake City East Mission, Spanish speaking. Before my mission, I worked with special needs individuals in Alaska for a little over a year and a half. I loved my job and, after my mission, I'm planning on getting my degree in ABA Therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis) so that I can continue in that field of work. Back in Alaska, I have my Papa and Mama and my two siblings, a 17 year old brother and a 10 year old sister (I also have my 3 year old dog named Jake, he's a lab-pit mix). I love my family so much and they are probably the most important thing to me! I know that, through the Gospel, I can live with my family forever. One of the reasons I went on a mission was to help bring the blessing of eternal families into other people's lives. Also, Alaska is beautiful and I love cold weather. Going on hikes and being outside is fun in pretty much every season! I love all sorts of geeky things. If it is sci-fi or fantasy related I probably like it. Doctor Who, Star Trek, fantasy books (Think Brandon Sanderson!), superhero comic books, etc. My favorite kind of music is definitely rock. I listen to rock music of almost any type or decade, but my favorite band is Alter Bridge.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both converts to the church (my dad joined as a teenager and then my mom joined 6 months after they were married in their young 20s). They raised me in the church and taught me to live by LDS standards. I was baptized at eight years old and I have a very strong testimony of the gospel. I don't have an amazing conversion story or a particular experience in which I gained my testimony. I feel that I have always known the church is true. As I have grown up, my testimony has grown along with my knowledge of the Gospel. I know that this church is true because I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. I have felt the Spirit influence my life many times and testify to me of Gospel truths. Every time I go to church, read my scriptures, pray, or participate in anything church related my faith grows a little more. I know this church is true. I know that Jesus Christ lived and died for all people. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and restored the full and entire Gospel to the earth. I know that The Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that we can receive modern revelation and that Thomas S. Monson is our prophet today. I know that all of our church leadership have been called of God. I have felt and experience that blessings that come from obeying God's commandments and living as He would have me live. I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and I know that they love me.

How I live my faith

I have decided to go on an 18 month mission for my church and recently received a call to serve in the Utah Salt Lake City East Mission (which covers a portion of both Utah and Wyoming) and teach the Gospel in the Spanish language. I am so excited to have the opportunity to dedicate this time in my life to the Lord and His work! I currently attend a YSA (Young Single Adults) Ward and I have three callings: Relief Society teacher (a women's organization within the church that I teach Sunday school for), ward missionary, and Gospel Doctrine teacher (another type of Sunday school class). It sounds like a lot, but I share these responsibilities with others, so I don't find it to be overwhelming. I enjoy teaching, even though I get nervous sometimes, because I always learn a lot. Sometimes I sign up to teach a short Family Home Evening lesson for our ward too on Monday nights. I also live my faith every day by just holding to my standards. I dress modestly and use clean language. I'm not shy about telling people that I don't watch R-rated movies or drink coffee and tea. I am always happy to answer questions people ask me about my church. I keep Sundays free as a day of rest and worship. That means I don't go shopping or out to eat; I don't work on homework or paperwork for my job. I try to avoid anything that would cause me or others to work on Sunday. Some of the things I do do on Sundays are going to church, going on walks outside, playing games with my family, and I cook dinner for my family every Sunday. I try to read my scriptures and pray everyday as well as live honestly and avoid gossiping and complaining. Those last two are particularly hard and I mess up all the time, but I know that Christ died to save me and that through faith, repentance, and enduring to the end I can be forgiven.