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Hi I'm Emily

I grew up in Utah, I'm a musician, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah, the first child and only daughter of my parents. I started going out to "help" my dad work on cars at a very young age and haven't stopped since. I started playing the piano at the age of eight, the beginning of a journey that I had wanted to take for a long time. Music, too, is something that I haven't and won't stop doing. From there it's just gone on. I identify myself as a mechanic, a musician, a novelist, a welder, and a potter. I play several different instruments, my principle being the cello.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born into the church, and always believed what I was taught, I still have a conversion story. I started showing signs of clinical depression at the age of 9, and it just continued to progress, coming to a head my sophomore year, in which I had a 3-month episode of just darkness. I didn't want to be here, I wanted to go home to my Father in Heaven, I was just done. As a symptom of the depression, I stopped eating, and later that summer, I began cutting. I realized what the Atonement was truly about when a friend wrote me a letter which included the scripture D&C 78:18, in which it talks about how we cannot bear all things now, but he will lead us along. Soon after, the announcement came for the age change of the missionaries. I decided to serve a mission and later become a psychiatrist, but to help others I had to first help myself. Throughout my darkest times, He has always been there, and has walked by me through my hardest times, though there are times that I refused to take his hand, insisting that I wasn't good enough. I know of a surety that He knows each and every one of our sorrows and pains, and loves us enough that he suffered to experience those so he could help us through them. He is my Savior, and because of Him I can leave my past behind. I've been clean from cutting for over a year and a half now, and I owe it all to Him.

How I live my faith

I am a ward organist and the choir pianist, and I often share my faith through song. I'm doing my best to live every day a follower of Christ, and to take the opportunity to share the gospel with anyone who will listen. Most of my living of my faith, though, is by trying to improve myself day by day and to become closer to my Savior.

What are Mormon temples used for?

Emily
We go to the temple so that we can make special promises with God, and in return, he promises us blessings both now and throughout eternity. We believe that certain ordinances have to be performed in order to reach the highest degree of glory, and in the temples we can also perform these ordinances in behalf of those who have passed away before us, and they can decide whether to accept that ordinance or not. Many of the blessings we receive here on earth include a greater spiritual understanding, which can help us find answers to our questions and to be at greater peace. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Emily
Most definitely we believe we have a prophet today! :) God is all of our father, and he has said that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He gives us the same blessing of having a living prophet today to give us counsel and guidelines, and that prophet holds all of the keys of the priesthood here on earth. We have a prophet, who is the president of the church, and he has two counselors, and there is also twelve apostles. If you listen to them speak, then they will at some point touch on your situation and offer inspiration for you, as well as guidelines for everybody. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Emily
Jesus Christ suffered through the Atonement for a few different reasons. One of the most important is that He knew that we weren't perfect and that we would make mistakes, so he suffered the consequences for our sins so that if we did as he asked, he would plead in our behalf because he paid the debt for us. More than this though, he suffered our pains and sorrows, (it's talked about in Alma 7:11-13). He experienced for us our darkest moments as well as our happiest times so that He could perfectly understand what we are going through. Because of this, we are never alone, and we have a best friend who can always help us out no matter what we are going through. Show more Show less