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Hi I'm Emily Manning

I'm traveling to 12 different countries in 12 months with my family and I'm Mormon.

About Me

Hi there, I'm Emily! I'm on a trek with my husband and 1 year old son to live in twelve countries in twelve months, and we’re discovering the incredible joys of family travel along the way. After a series of miscarriages, we took a summer-long trip across the United States. During that enlightening journey, we decided it was time to make a bold move and plan our entire lives around traveling, with or without a family. We were still recovering from a philosophy of feeling fenced in—we hated the thought of finishing up college and then just becoming the next competitors of “the Joneses”. There’s nothing wrong with settling down—we even wish it for our own future… but there was a little too much of the thought that we someday would have to, like it was expected of us. A year and a half and one baby later, we left the United States for the first time together on a path toward discovering the world around us and incorporating travel in our family life forever. So far it’s been 6 months, and what we’ve experienced is amazing.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I choose to be. Though I was born into a family who were already members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have personally made the decision to follow Christ and be his disciples by being baptized members of the church. No one bullied me, chose for me, or even persuaded me to join the church—individually, I sought out the Spirit to give me a personal witness of the truthfulness of this restored gospel of Jesus Christ, and in so doing I was converted. Through scripture study, prayer, and reading the words of modern-day prophets, I am able to continue to strengthen my relationship with God and recognize his hands in all things.

How I live my faith

As we are traveling around the world and living in different countries, we have the opportunity to visit many wards and branches. We love meeting the members and witnessing their faith in Christ. We are grateful that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same no matter where you go in the world, consisting of the same structure and the same teachings--we have one prophet on the earth who leads and guides this church with authority from God. Though we don't visit our home ward each week, we have been given a calling, or assignment, to assist in Family History Work. We do this by learning about our heritage and our ancestors, indexing or recording names and other information from past documents, and by attending the temple. At the temple, we serve as proxies for those who have passed on to the next life so they can have the opportunity to receive and accept ordinances and covenants with our Heavenly Father. Some things that we strive to do in our home to invite the Spirit are weekly family home evenings, daily family scripture study and prayer, and reading the words of modern day prophets. We try to recognize God's hand in all things and to show our gratitude for all he does for us by living the gospel and being Christlike.