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Hi I'm Emily

I grew up in Utah. I am a missionary. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I’m Emily! I am pursuing a degree in Speech and Hearing Science, which I hope will eventually lead me to become a speech therapist. I settled on that career because I’ve discovered in the last couple years that I love watching people learn and grow on an individual basis. As a speech therapist I could work with kids, help them overcome their speech difficulties, and watch them gain more confidence in themselves. Outside of school, I enjoy singing, playing the piano, enjoying nature (especially in the fall!!) and, when I get the time, cooking and reading. I also love dogs. I have accepted a call to serve as a full-time missionary. I am thrilled to share the Gospel and the happiness that it has brought me with the people I will meet.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have gained my own personal testimony of the Gospel's truth and value. A few years back, I realized that my faith depended too heavily on the faith of my parents and church leaders, and I didn't have my own conviction of its truth. I more or less started from scratch in building a testimony, but I was determined that this time it would be completely my own. In the coming months, I pored over my scriptures, engaged as fully as possible in my church meetings and seminary class, lived the commandments, and spent many an hour in fervent prayer. These were things I had always done anyway, but now I was doing them with the honest intent to learn whether or not they were true. Sometimes I did them with a stubborn attitude and unbelieving heart, but I could never find it in myself to stop or even slow down in living my faith. Deep inside me, I knew that I had a testimony and that if I continued to nourish it, it would manifest itself more confidently. By the time I entered my senior year of high school, I had a fiery testimony I could not deny. It didn’t come upon me in a single spectacular blaze of light. Sometimes it came through a feeling of serenity when I prayed. Other times I would happen upon a scripture or conference talk that seemed to have been written just for me, so powerfully did it speak to me. But what really won me over in the end was seminary my sophomore and junior years of high school. In those classes, we talked constantly of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. As I came to know more about these two glorious beings, I felt the walls of doubt in my heart crumble. Over the course of many months, I felt the Spirit quietly but powerfully testify in my heart that these Beings not only exist, but know me and love me. I am a Mormon because I have felt Heavenly Father's love for me, and I obey Him because I love Him.

How I live my faith

In the last school year, I had the opportunity to work with the music committee in my ward. I served as a ward organist and as the ward choir director. I was a little overwhelmed with these callings when I first received them, but I came to build the confidence and skills necessary to accomplish them. I learned that when we trust in God and do our best, He will enable us to perform His work. This is a principle that I know I will use on my mission.