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Hi I'm Emily

I love reading. I love my family and my Heavenly Father. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the second of five girls. I go to school at BYU, but am about to leave on a mission to Norway where I will serve for 18 months. I grew up in the church and have been a member since I was eight years old. I played the trumpet in high school and was involved in marching band. I love reading. My favorite books include Jane Eyre, Ella Enchanted, Harry Potter (especially the second book), and The Phantom Tollbooth. I love food. I consider ice-cream to be proof that God is a loving Lord :). I love the gospel. It has helped me endure the most exhausting and difficult times of my life. It has blessed, enriched, and even created the happiest and most satisfying times of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, and growing up I was able to learn and practice the teachings of the gospel. All my life I THOUGHT the church was true--I had no reason to believe otherwise--but I did not KNOW it was true. This bothered me. I wanted to have faith of my own accord, not simply because I had been raised to believe. Yet I continued to do as I ought in the church. I read the Book of Mormon for the first time when I was twelve and had a very good experience. I went to church and church activities and felt very good about the path that I found myself following. I knew that the gospel was blessing me. I knew when church leaders spoke that they spoke truth. I believed everything I was taught at church was true. Through all these experiences I gained faith and I continued to act upon this faith. But I lacked conviction. I lacked the sure knowledge that The Church of Jesus Christ was truly God's church. When I was 16 years old I slowly became overwhelmed when I thought of the future. College, and leaving home, and all the finances that come with leaving home, and working, and dating, and whether or not I would serve a mission for my church, and, biggest of all, all the things that 16-year-old me had to do then to prepare for the future, built up and weighed upon me constantly. I felt impressed at this time to receive my patriarchal blessing, a special blessing that each member of the church is able to receive. The blessing was given by a man that I never before met or talked to, yet as the words flowed from his mouth he spoke to me and to my every concern. I knew that the man giving the blessing was inspired of God and that he had the authority from God to voice this blessing to me. I knew that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was God's church upon the earth and that it contained the fullness of the gospel.

How I live my faith

I believe that God loves His children and that He truly is the spiritual father of each of us. Because of this belief, I live a life of prayer. In my life, prayer has been one of the chief needs for me to honestly life my faith. For me, to live by faith and to live my faith is to try to emulate the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ. And when I think of my Savior, I think of kindness, service, humility, confidence, love, temperance, diligence, patience, and obedience. Thus I try to follow Christ and live my faith by making these qualities mine. As I go about my daily responsibilities I practice Christ-like attributes.