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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a student at BYU, I love tennis, Sign Language, and my family; I'm serving as a missionary in Iowa, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I have always wanted to live on a ranch, but had to be content with living in places like Michigan, Hawaii, and now California. I love nature wherever it surrounds me because I find every animal and plant have their own amazing details that often go unnoticed. Though I grew up in the church, I believe that every Mormon has a conversion story, and this is mine: It was when I was about seven. I thought listening to everyone sing the church hymns was really boring and took way too long, so I decided that I was going to try singing along instead of just letting my thoughts wander. It was maybe the second or third week when I was singing the opening song (I can't remember which one), when I was happy trying to follow the tune even if I couldn't read music, that I had a thought enter into my mind. It said with complete confidence, "I know that this church is true." It was odd to me that I thought of that randomly, but that moment became the seed of my testimony. I realize now that it was the spirit testifying to me what he knew to be true, and I have built on that foundation to create something that is sturdy. My point is, don't expect an overpowering feeling to come from the spirit that makes you believe in the gospel, I thought it was my own thoughts telling me the church was true until I understood more about the spirit. Those may come later (miracles come from faith, not vise versa) but until then, focus on the little things to get you to far places.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me feel truly happy. Because of the knowledge the gospel brings me I know where I am going after death, I know I am a daughter of a loving and all-knowing Heavenly Father, I know I will always have my family, I know that my actions will always have consequences, I know that if I make a mistake it is never too late as long as I have the desire, I know that I will never be given more burdens then I can bear, I know that my Heavenly Father knows me by my name and has a plan for me and my life, and I know that my future is as bright as my faith.

How I live my faith

Along with the regular three hours of church meetings on Sundays, I also participate in youth group activities once a week, and an early morning scripture study class with other LDS youth that are in my grade. But I am not just a Mormon when I am around other Mormons, I live my faith every second of the day. Wherever I am, I am representing Christ and everything I believe in through my actions, thoughts, and words, whether others see me doing it or not.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Mormon Temples are where we make sacred promises with God that we will try our best to live throughout our whole life. One of the reasons I believe nonmembers aren't allowed into the temple is because people shouldn't be making these kind of promises with God if they aren't ready to commit to keeping them. I have only been to one part of the temple, and I have had to miss seeing three of my sisters get married because I am not yet allowed into that part of the temple yet because I am not ready to make the covenants that take place in there. The temples represent heaven on earth; those who aren't ready to enter heaven won't want to. Can you imagine being surrounded by perfect people when you aren't? Show more Show less