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Hi I'm Emily

I live in Tucson, Arizona. I am a mother, marathoner, bee keeper, lover of family history, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I am a wife and mother. This reality drives everything I do during the day because no worldly endeavor (no matter how good it may seem) is more important than seeing my family happy; and we are happy when we are progressing! Thrills, excitement, beauty, friends, acclaim, possessions--are all fleeting moments when compared to the lasting joy that comes from peace and love in our families. So I run because it starts my day with a burst of endorphin, keeps my body strong, and gives me time to ponder as I breathe and enjoy the quiet morning air. Signing up for marathons just keeps me motivated to keep running! It's all a ploy :) I keep bees because I love to grow food for my family. The miracle of planting a seed and watching it grow and produce food to put on our table is just that--a miracle! I appreciate God's creations more when I observe them, and gardening and working with bees provides the opportunity to be among His creations. And I enjoy learning about and sharing stories from our family's history because it gives me a sense of belonging--where we fit in the universe and to whom we belong. Their stories are inspirational and give our family a sense of identity. We can do hard things just like they did! I feel their love and influence in our lives when I study their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because when I live by its teachings my faith in and relationship with Jesus Christ grow. And when I feel connected to the Savior, then I feel generally insulated from the hardships of this life. I also feel a greater love for everyone around me and even myself. I know how to repent and let go of burdens. I have hope for the future and know that God will work all things together for my good--even my mistakes. I am a Mormon because I know that wherever I go in the world, I will have a ward with friends who will welcome me and help me in any way they can. I have a bishop to whom I can turn for counsel and direction. And I will receive the same lessons, same programs, same teachings wherever life's road takes me. I am a Mormon because of the many opportunities it affords me to serve and try and walk in the Master's footsteps. Most people understand that serving others brings happiness, but they don't always know how, where or whom to serve. Our church provides many opportunities to "Love one another as I have loved you". I am a Mormon because I know where to find answers to life's questions. The gift of the Holy Ghost given to me when I was baptized is my guide in life as long as I live worthily. He testifies of truth, guides, warns, and comforts me throughout my life, even daily. I follow a prophet who speaks on behalf of the Lord, who gives salient direction in a world of confusion and conflicting messages. I have never regretted following his counsel; I have always regretted disregarding or postponing acting on that counsel. I am a Mormon because I know that families can be together forever. When our third child, Clare, passed away at six weeks, we were devastated. But because of ordinances performed in our temples, our knowledge that we would be reunited for eternity gave us great comfort and helped us move forward. In short, I am a Mormon because it makes me happy--consistently, year after year, in crises or peace. I have joy!

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day, first, by trying to keep the two great commandments: Love God and my neighbor. I have opportunities to do that as I serve in the Relief Society. The Relief Society is the women's organization in our church that helps build faith in Jesus Christ, strengthens families and homes, and brings relief to those in need (spiritual, emotional, and physical). I know that as we lose ourselves in serving others, we find ourselves--our purpose in life--and feel a close connection to Jesus Christ, who is our perfect example of service, love, and "losing"oneself. When I feel his love, nothing can go wrong for very long. When I feel disconnected from that love and from the enabling power of his atonement (his grace), then I am lost and in despair. Truly, "I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me".