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Hi I'm Emily

I love learning new things and developing my talents. I am a dancer, a talker, a wife, a student and an optimist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a student, I expect to learn a lot. What has surprised me, however, is how much knowledge I've gained in the past two and a half years as a student that did not come from a classroom. As I have moved to different states and had different experiences, whether it has been working or attending school, I have realized that the world is full of good people. These people may not share my religious or political views. Perhaps they are a different race or ethnicity. Maybe they appear to be a little rough around the edges. Whatever the case may be, people's overall goodness never ceases to amaze me. It's always a bit scary to try something new, and certainly to trust someone new, especially if that someone is different than anyone else you've ever met. With all the negativity and horror stories circulating the world, it can be easy to jump to conclusions, or to assume that there is evil in everyone. I have learned that you find what you're looking for, so if you are set on seeing the bad, that's what will stand out to you. However, the reverse is also true. Constantly searching for the wholesome and the happy will result in a very fruitful harvest. The world is good. Life is good. People are good. I guess if there is one message I could share with the world, it would be this: different isn't dangerous; different is delightful. My life has taken such a positive turn as a result of obtaining this knowledge, which to me, is more valuable than anything out of a textbook.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by Mormon parents who had Mormon grandparents. Our family has been a part of the church for generations. Growing up, attending church was just something I did. However, as I grew older, I began to question things for myself. Like many teenagers, I had a rebellious stage. I completely ignored what I had been taught my entire life, and made some extremely poor choices. As a result, I found myself in a state of despair. It took a long time (longer than I wish it had) for me to realize that there was one definite path to true happiness. Although it was painful, I embraced the gospel once again, and let Jesus Christ heal me. As I have continued to grow and progress, I have come to know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ isn't just for mistakes. It is for comfort, it can heal a broken heart, it enables me to get things done every day; its power is limitless. Not only is the Atonement of Jesus Christ for everything, it is for everyone. That's why I'm a Mormon. Because the joy that comes as a result of a knowledge, love and application of Christ's Atonement cannot be found anywhere else, nor can it be faked. I'm a Mormon because although I'm human, through Christ's power, all my flaws can be transformed into perfections and this church helps me realize that constantly.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily. Prayer, scripture study, and searching for the Lord's hand in my life allows me to continually grow in faith. One of the greatest opportunities to live my faith is through acts of selfless service. Our church is extremely service oriented, especially within its smaller organizations. Ultimately though, I live my faith by emulating Christ. Treating others with kindness, love and respect shows that I am a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Choosing not to judge others and not being offended by differences allows me to love others more fully, which is how I can live my faith. It's something I work at every single day.