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Hi I'm Emily

I grew up in Utah. I've recently discovered a love of family history and painting with watercolors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a young single adult, working full-time and trying to live the dream (or at least figure out what that means). I'm enjoying checking random things off of my bucket list--like going on a date to Ikea, learning to paint, and visiting Prince Edward Island. My next big bucket list item I hope to check off is visiting the British Isles. From 2011 to 2012, I served a mission for the LDS Church in Sapporo, Japan, where I discovered a great love for the Japanese people and (of course) sushi. After my mission, I graduated with a BA in History. When people ask me what area of history I emphasized in, they always look a little surprised by my answer. I focused on the history of natural disasters, which allowed me to combine numerous passions--social, cultural, women's, ancient, and modern history; science; the desire to make a difference in people's lives--into one discipline. Studying natural disasters also gave me the opportunities to study multiple geographic areas including Utah, Montana, the entire United States, Asia, and Latin America.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I recognize that the principles taught in the Church provide a pathway for good people to become better. This is a Gospel of becoming--becoming more charitable; becoming more faithful; becoming kinder; becoming more grateful; becoming less selfish; ultimately becoming more like Christ and our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

Since graduating from high school, I have filled many positions in my local . Among other things, I have been a missionary, a congregational greeter on Sundays, and the president of my local women's organization. But doing my best to fill these positions is only part of "living my faith." In fact, I see these positions more as a training ground for other areas of my life. They have required me to work closely with people from other cultures and backgrounds as well as those who come from a similar background but who have very different opinions on everything from politics to what it means to be a "good Mormon." Learning to work through these differences has helped me recognize that I live my faith more frequently outside of church and my home or apartment. The realization that living my faith is a daily endeavor is one of the most liberating things I've learned because it means that I can be a "good Mormon" by doing the things I love to do, even if they're not Church sponsored. It means that I can volunteer with causes that I think are important, such as disaster awareness groups. It means that it is ok to find friends outside of my congregation and to pursue opportunities to develop myself while connecting with others, whether or not they're Mormon.