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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a writer, a singer, an actress, a Utahn, and an incurable nerd. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently attending a university, studying English Education. I love writing and reading more than most people like sleeping. I love to sing and dance, and spend a reasonable amount of time doing theatre.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to be born into the Mormon church, and the gospel taught there has brought my life more happiness than anything else. I feel love and peace as I learn more about my Savior, Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven. I find comfort in knowing where I came from, why I'm here, and where I'm going to go after my time on Earth is finished. I know that this gospel is the truth, pure and simple. I know that I can have a personal relationship with Heavenly Father, and that he can direct my paths if I open my life to him. I know that through Jesus Christ and his atonement, I can be forgiven of any mistakes I've made, but more than that, I know that there is always someone who knows exactly what I'm going through. I always have someone to believe in me.

How I live my faith

I get to teach some of the women of my ward principles of the gospel every month, and am blessed because they teach me. I help plan events for the women who attend my local church as well, which brings us closer together and helps us truly feel like sisters. I have the great fortune to be able to go out and teach other people about this religion that has brought so much happiness to my life, and many of the lives around me as I serve a full time mission.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Emily
Many people believe that members of our church worship Joseph Smith--which is not true. We do believe that he was a prophet called by Heavenly Father to restore fulness of the gospel (the very same gospel that Christ taught when he was on the earth). We worship our Father in Heaven and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Emily
After Christ's crucifixion, his church was run by his apostles, however, over time, the apostles and their teachings were rejected in the same way that Christ was when he was on the earth. Without the apostles leading and guiding the church, the people were left to govern themselves. They strove to maintain the doctrines and practices of Christ's church, but it was nearly impossible. The bible began to be interpreted in different ways, with no way to know which interpretation was correct. Men and women, seeking for the truth, but not knowing where to find it, began to build up their own churches, complete with their own teachings and practices. Every church created contained parts of the truth, but it was necessary for there to be a restoration in order to bring back Christ's teachings in their perfect, undiluted form. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Emily
Everything starts with family! We are all spirit children of a Heavenly Father, and that pattern is mirrored here on earth. We all have family ties that bond us together. Families are important to us because we know of the significant impact that our families can have on us. The family is the best place for us to learn and grow. Not all of us have the "perfect" family situation (in fact, I doubt if any of us do) but as we strive to keep our families together, we are able to create a better future for our children. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Emily
God is LITERALLY our Father. He loves and knows us, and, much like an earthly father, desires for us to know him as well. The way that we get to know him is exactly the same way we would build a friendship here on earth. We have to talk to him. We have to listen to his words. We have to have experiences that bring us closer to him. As we do things like pray, read the holy scriptures, and live his gospel, we find ourselves developing a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. We learn that he is more than just some undefined, unexplainable being, but that we really can KNOW him. Show more Show less