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Hi I'm Emily

I love to jeep the mountains with my husband. I am a mother of 3 and step mother of 1. I have 3 dogs and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Ohio. I got divorced when my kids were young and spent 11 years as a single mother. Two years ago I remarried and moved to Utah and gained another daughter. I love to go jeeping with my husband. My kids and I love to hang out together, doing whatever, from watching movies to playing games. I love hockey and am learning to love basketball and football. I also like to read and plant flowers and hopefully next year I will attempt to grow a vegetable garden.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. It was all I knew so I went with it. I took the teachings that I learned for granted and pretty much leaned on my parent's testimony for my teenage years. When faced with adversity in my later years I discovered I did not have my own testimony and conviction that I needed to me through some tough decisions. I gradually fell away from the church and decided religion just wasn't for me. Since my parents were members I would attend church sporadically with them. I also wanted my children to have that background even though I wasn't sure why when I had convinced myself that the gospel wasn't for me so I would make sure they would attend church. I spent many years trying to juggle separating the way I would live my life, worldly or being a disciple of Christ. Eventually the world won and I quit attending church altogether. At first I felt free from what I thought were burdens of living the gospel and having to follow the commandments. Soon I realized that I wasn't "free" like I thought I was, that the choices I was making had consequences that I didn't like. I was becoming unhappy, confused and even angry. One day I woke up, started my day and was ok until I started thinking about where my life was going and realized I didn't know who I was anymore and was uncertain about the direction in my life. I began praying and talking to my father about my life. I realized I missed my relationship with my Heavenly Father. I realized I spent most of my life prideful and stubborn wanting to do things my way and failed to recognized that I needed the guidance of our Heavenly Father. I began to understand the atonement and I gained a testimony of the need for it in my life. I have been truly converted for over 2 years and these years have been the happiest in my life. I love the gospel and the feeling of peace and happiness it has brought to my life.

How I live my faith

Every day I try to start my morning with prayer. I need help getting through the day and for me that is the best way. I attend my church meetings every Sunday. I am the secretary for our women's organization which is called Relief Society. This gives me the chance to get to know the women of our ward. Our organization is about serving others. Our motto is "Charity never faileth". I love to serve those around me, members or nonmembers alike. I try to live the gospel and teaching of Jesus Christ to the best of my ability.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Emily
Our main church service meeting is called Sacrament meeting. This is where we have the blessing and partaking of the sacrament. We sing hymns and have talks by the members that were asked to speak on a certain topic. We have opening and closing prayer also given by members. There are other meetings that are either before or after Sacrament meeting. Primary for the children ages 3-11. Nursery is available for 18 months to 3 years. Sunday school for age groups beginning at age 12. There is also a Young Women meeting for ages 12 through 17. And Relief Society for women ages 18 and older. There are priesthood meetings for the men ages 12 and older. We welcome visitors! We welcome visitors to all meetings. The meetings are held on Sundays. Show more Show less