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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a Californian, I'm a student, I'm a dancer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First of all, my name is Emily. I'm 20 years old and am currently a student. I'm studying to be an ER doctor. I'm also a dance teacher at my friend's studio. I'm an avid movie-goer and have about a million favorite movies and tv shows that I can quote on the spot! ("Timey Wimey", "On Wednesdays we wear pink." Name it, and I can probably quote it.)

Why I am a Mormon

I've chosen to be a member of this amazingly true church because I learned that God has a plan for me, and He loves me, He knows me, and He wants me to be happy and be able to go back to Him one day. Story time! I used to avoid missionaries like the plague. We're talking turn off all the lights, close the blinds, and hunker down in the bathroom, the whole sha-bang. One day, I was bringing in groceries from the car, and they got me. There was nowhere to hide, I was doomed (or so I thought). They helped me bring in the groceries and they sat on the couch and we talked with my family. "These guys are so weird." is what I was thinking pretty much the whole time they were there, until they started sharing a message with us. A message about how families could be together forever. Now, understand, my family is FAR from perfect. We're the definition of a dysfunctional family, but they're my family, and I love them. So when they started talking about sealing families in the temple, as cheesy as this sounds, it sparked something inside of me. At that moment, I knew that the church was true. I felt the burning in my chest, in my soul. This was right, and I knew that I needed to join this church of absolutely crazy, weird, wonderful people who were all seeking the same thing I was. I didn't decide to join the church right away. It took me about 2 years to finally get baptized, but it is a choice that I am forever grateful for and it has blessed my life in many, many ways.

How I live my faith

I absolutely love this church with all of my heart. I try to treat everyone the way I want to be treated, but I'm not perfect. I stay active in church, which means I attend all church meetings, go to activities, and try to study my scriptures everyday. I'm a dance teacher and a full-time student, so my schedule is pretty crazy and don't always get to do everything, but I definitely try. I try to serve others in any way I can. Whether it's babysitting, cleaning, picking up groceries for someone, or even helping an older couple put groceries away. It teaches me patience and love for my fellow man. I try to see the good in the world and the good in ever person I come across, and, if the person is willing, I try to explain some of the church's teachings. By far, I don't know all of the answers, but I will definitely find those answers out for them. As cheesy as it sounds, I really do love people, so I think it's important to be Christlike with each other.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Emily
Let me start out by saying that missionaries are AMAZING! They are a lot of fun, they can help you physically by doing service for you, and they bring a special spirit with them whenever they come into your home. We have different types of missionaries. We have elders (the young 18+ men), sisters (the young 19+ women), and we have senior missionaries which are older couples who no longer have children at home. They are all awesome! They all leave there families for a period of 18 months to 2 years to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. When these missionaries come into your home or meet up with you somewhere, they will answer most, if not all, of your questions. If they don't have the answer right there, they will work hard to find the answer for you. They will talk about the life of Jesus Christ, the Atonement (you should definitely ask about this! It makes you appreciate everything more), and the restoration of the church through Joseph Smith. They are a blessing to have in your home, and I encourage you to let them in, even if it's only once. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Emily
Imagine if everything worldly was taken away from you. Your house, your car,your money; all you would have left is your family. The members of your family are the most important people you are ever going to have in your life. I've learned to cherish every moment I have with them, even though they can be obnoxious and loud. They will be the ones that will stand by me at the end of the day if everything was taken away from me right now. In the church, we have the blessing of being able to be sealed to them for time and all eternity. In short, that means that they will be with us forever, even if someone has already passed away, they can still be with us forever. Forever connected, forever a family. And the only way to do that, is to be sealed in the temple. I promise you that the LDS church, is the only church that has that authority, and it has that authority from God. He loves us, He has given us families, and He wants us ALL to return to Him. Show more Show less