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Hi I'm Emily

I love to run, eat, cook, play the piano, learn, and be with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student at a fantastic university. I'm currently studying Dietetics, with the hopes of becoming a clinical dietician and being able to help people who have chronic diseases such as cancer, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. I love to cook healthy foods, and help others see how simple, easy, and delicious eating healthy can be. I also love to run--I'm a competitive runner, and I've completed a marathon and several half marathons, as well as running collegiately. I'm so grateful to have a healthy, strong body that allows me to do hard things, like running a marathon! There's nothing quite like waking up in the morning and going on a run. I love the feeling of accomplishment that I get from running, and the chance it gives me to conqueror hard things and push past my limits. Music has always been a big part of my life, and I've been playing the piano since the second grade. I taught piano all through high school, and music has continued to be a huge blessing in my life. Like running, I love how piano gives you the chance to stretch yourself, to become better than you were before. And, of course, I love making beautiful music that speaks to people's hearts--including my own. I am the oldest of five kids, and I have the most incredible family. I have two little brothers and two little sisters, though some of them aren't so little anymore. The youngest is currently 2 1/2, and I think he's the most adorable kid in this whole wide world!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the church, but that doesn't mean I didn't become converted to the gospel. I've been taught the truths of the gospel since the day I was born, but it wasn't until I became older that I developed my own testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel. My testimony came--and is still coming--in bits and pieces, a little at a time. The first time I knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet was when my family went and visited Carthage Jail in Illinois, the place where he was martyred. I felt the Spirit s strongly, and I KNEW that Joseph Smith was a prophet. I KNEW that he saw Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, just like he said he did, and that he translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God. The Spirit spoke to my heart so powerfully that, ten years later, I have never doubted that Joseph Smith was a prophet. Other parts of my testimony came more slowly, less vividly, but just as real. When I pray, I feel the peace and I know the Lord hears my prayers. I can't count the number of times my prayers have been answered, from little things (even boy problems or lost items!) to big things, like finals and friends who were struggling. I know that the scriptures are true, because I feel peace and the Spirit when I read them, and I have found the answer to all of my questions in them. Whenever I am struggling with my identity, or what I am to do, or just simply looking for comfort, I can find the answer in the scriptures. I know that Jesus Christ lives, and that He suffered and died for my sins, and the sins of all those who have lived on this earth. I have seen the power of His Atonement heal my own heart, and the lives of those who I love. Through the Atonement, I know that I can live with my Heavenly Father again, and I will be resurrected and I will live after I die. I know this church is true with all my heart. Everything good in my life comes from the gospel of Jesus Christ. Because of His gospel, I am happy, and I have hope.

How I live my faith

I currently play the piano for my congregation, accompanying the singing in our main meeting, Sacrament meeting. This has been a huge blessing for me, because music is one way that I feel the Spirit strongly, and I am so grateful that I can help others feel the peace and comfort the gospel brings into our lives through music. I also participate in visiting teaching. Along with another girl, who is my companion, I go visit and share a brief message with two of the other girls in our congregation every month. I love visiting teaching! We all talk about the things that matter most to us--the gospel--and then every other subject under the sun! We have a great time together, and its great to get to know the other girls and help them feel loved. After every visit, my companion and I always ask our girls if there's anything we can do to help--and we mean it! We always hope that they do have something for us to help with, because we're ready and willing. It surprises me every time how much I come to love the girls I visit teach, even though we can be very different and come from very different backgrounds. I know that the Lord loves His children and He cares about each one of us, and often He sends other people to be the angels in His children's lives. I know that the Lord has used me to answer the needs of some of the girls that I visit teach before, and I hope that He will continue to be able to use me to help His precious children.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Emily
The short answer is no. But, the long answer is a little more complicated. The gospel is so important, and is the biggest part of our lives. The gospel makes us happy, gives us purpose, and helps us understand why we are here. These are huge blessings that everyone deserves to have, and we want to share the things we know with others because we believe that they will make them happy, too. Young men are encouraged to serve as part of their priesthood duty. Young women are given the option to serve. I have many friends on missions in all parts of the world, from Florida to Taiwan, and everywhere in between. I prayed to know if going on a mission was right for me, and I felt that I'm not supposed to go on a mission at this time. However, because I love the gospel, I will try and share my testimony with Heavenly Father's children in other ways, such as being a good friend and serving others. Show more Show less