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Hi I'm Emily

Raised in TX and now settled in Wisconsin, I am a stay-at-home mom who loves to read, garden, scrapbook, and bake. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I graduated from BYU with a degree in Elementary Education. I love to read (mostly historical fiction), work in the garden, watch good British drama (North and South, Pride and Prejudice...), and try new recipes. I've been blessed to be able to stay home to raise my four wonderful children. My youngest was born with Down Syndrome, and her disability, while a great challenge at times, has been a great blessing to our family. She's our little drop of heaven.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe fully that this is the Lord Jesus Christ's Church on the earth today. I have been blessed immeasurably by my Father in Heaven through making and keeping covenants with Him. His restored Priesthood power has bound my family to me for eternity and weekly administers the saving ordinances of the gospel in my life. The Book of Mormon testifies plainly of Christ and His mission as our Savior and Redeemer. Reading it daily brings a light, peace, and power to face adversity into my life that can be found nowhere else. The Holy Ghost has witnessed to me over and over again that it is from God. That it is truth. That Joseph Smith was called of God to restore His Church to the earth once more. As I attend this church and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ that are found therein, I am filled with that peace which passeth all understanding (Phillipians 4:7). What greater evidence do I need?

How I live my faith

In the past I have served my local congregation teaching children and young teenagers, and now I lead our women's organization, the Relief Society. We plan monthly activities and weekly lessons that will meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of our members. Our work is to strengthen them, so they may in turn strengthen their homes and their families. I also organize the members of our women's group to go out as companionships and visit each other in their homes once a month, ministering to each other's temporal and spiritual needs. I truly love this work.

Are Mormons Christians?

This is an interesting question. Some like to define Christianity by the Nicene Creed. I tend to use the definition Christ himself used when he spoke to his disciples. Luke 9:23 "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." To me, a Christian is simply one who follows the Christ. A Christian is someone who believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He came to earth to atone for the sins of mankind and redeem them from the effects of a fallen world. A Christian claims to be saved by the grace, merits, and mercy of the great and Holy Messiah. And a Christian devotes his or her life (as well as s/he can with mortal limitations) to living His teachings of love, forgiveness, repentance, meekness, gentleness, goodness, and faith, and sharing His gospel with others. By this definition, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon Church) is most certainly a Christian Church. While denominations may differ in some points of doctrine, we share, as Christians, a reverence for, faith in and an utter dependence on Jesus Christ, our King, our Lord, our Master, Redeemer, Advocate, and Savior. I cannot earn my way into heaven--no one can. My church does not teach that we can. My faith in Him binds me to Him and drives my desire to follow Him and do what He asks me to do. But these works do not save me. My Savior does. Show more Show less