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Hi I'm Emma

I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. I play piano, guitar, cello, and sing. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I like to knit and crochet every now and then, I like reading, but most of all, I really enjoy spending lots of time outdoors. I love animals, especially horses and dogs. Music is a great way for me to relax and focus. I grew up in a very musical family, so I gained some musical talent from my parents: cello, guitar, piano, and singing. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons because they are chillier, and I prefer the cold over the heat; also, there are little to no bugs out to get you. I also enjoy dancing very much (especially jive, paso doble, Argentine tango, swing, ballroom, and jazz). I played soccer from kindergarten to 7th grade, and I play volleyball and go cross-country running for fun.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS church (Mormon), and the reason I have stayed in this gospel is because I know in my heart that it's true. Heavenly Father has proven it to me many times, and also to each prophet whose stories we read in the Old and New Testaments and in the Book of Mormon. I also know it's the one true church on this earth because of my sweet parents' experiences and the example they set for me; both of them are converts to the gospel. They describe being converted as flipping on a light switch; they were perfectly content with the lives they had even before they knew about the Mormon church, but once they were taught the lessons and blessings of this gospel, everything became so much clearer, and the spiritual light came flowing into their hearts and minds. I know this church is true in my heart and mind. Every single component of this gospel just makes sense, like 1+1=2. I know where I came from, why I'm here, and where I will end up once my earthly life is complete.

How I live my faith

I served in the nursery in my home ward (teaching and looking after the younger children, 18 months to 2 or 3 years old), and I love doing that, because looking after little children brings such joy to my heart. I also visit-taught two sweet older couples in my ward with my mother as my assigned companion in doing so; we stop by once or twice a month to see how they're doing, and sometimes drop off a homemade meal. Currently, I am serving as a missionary in the Canada Halifax Mission.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Emma
Nobody in the church is ever required or forced to serve a mission, but they are very strongly encouraged to do so, because it is an incredible experience, and it's a wonderful way to grow closer to God and teach and serve your fellow man. Missionaries are not paid to serve; they serve out of the willingness and desire of their own hearts. Serving a mission is also a great way to set a good example for people not of our faith and members of the church as well. Show more Show less