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Hi I'm Emily

I'm the youngest of three, a college student, and I love all things music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of three girls. My family is the most important thing to me and I love my sisters and parents more than words can express. I call Maryland home and I love crabs, Washington DC, and the Nats! I've been very involved in music, tap dancing, and musical theater since I was a little girl. I play the guitar and flute and I love to sing and write my own music. I am currently a college student pursuing a degree in psychology. I aspire to get a PhD in clinical psychology and I want to work with teenagers. I am preparing to serve a full-time mission in California. I am brushing up on my Spanish and working to improve my rusty bike skills!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family, but my own personal conversion was a slow and steady process. I have always been pretty independent and I've never liked following the crowd. This being said, I was never content leaning on the testimonies and knowledge of my family members; I had to know for myself. My parents always encouraged us to learn for ourselves; to read, study, pray and come to our own conclusions about the church and everything else in our lives. Throughout my life I have read the scriptures, attended church, and prayed, but I don't think I realized I had a testimony of my own until I went away to college. It was the first time in my life that I wasn't known as the "Mormon" and that I didn't feel like I should follow the teachings of the church because people knew who I was. So, I had to decide what I was going to do, but it wasn't even a decision, I already knew what I was going to do! Of course I was going to keep my same standards and go to church because I loved it and I wanted to! I've never had a vision of Christ and Heavenly Father like Joseph Smith and I've never been visited by angels but I've always known that this is the true church. My testimony developed quietly, but with enormous strength over years of study, prayer, and practice. It didn't hit me that I had a testimony until I left home, but looking back, I realize it was there all along. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me and know who I am. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it applies to my life in so many ways. I know that families can be together forever through the covenants and blessings of the Temple. I know Jesus Christ suffered for my sins and all of my pain and suffering and that He knows all my joy and success. He knows me perfectly and He loves me for all that I am.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the church affects almost every aspect of my life. The knowledge I have that I am a daughter of God and that He knows me individually and loves me for who I am gives me the confidence and desire to live a life in His light. In high school, I was one of the only members in the entire school and was known by my peers and on social media as "Stormin' Mormon". Having my friends and teachers know that I was LDS opened up many opportunities to talk about the Gospel and share some of my beliefs. I love to volunteer and serve those around me. One of the things I am most excited about for my mission is serving the people I meet and work with. I've enjoyed being able to serve in the church as well as in the community. In the church, most recently, I've enjoyed teaching in the Women's organization and planning fun weekly activities for the congregation to enjoy. I'll do just about anything I can to help in the community, from shelving books in the Middle School library with my mom and volunteering at my University's food bank to playing and doing crafts with the children in a local homeless shelter. I believe we are all children of our Heavenly Father and because of that, I am eager to meet new people and show my love for them.