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Hi I'm Emily

My friends call me by my last name, Hanks. I go to school, thrive by working a lot, and love anything with sugar. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First of all, I love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. And I love my family. We're probably the goofiest bunch of hooligans you'd ever meet. Since I, my two brothers, and two sisters are only two years apart, we grew up more friends than siblings. Plus, my parents are simply the most fun and loving out of all the parents I know. Who else do you know that sends you talks and scriptures out of the blue that happen to be the answers to prayers you've had? That would be my mom and dad. Being away from them for college is hard, but I FaceTime them and my siblings on a regular basis, so that's good. Plus, I have my brother up with me at college now! Which is the greatest whenever I need a blessing or a hug, because he gives the best ones. My brother and I are both studying mechanical engineering. In my ideal world, I would be able to intern at Busch Gardens over a summer, then do a semester in the Disney College program, and then graduate college to be hired as a Disney Imagineer. Dreams do come true, if you "work real hard each and every day." I'm almost there.

Why I am a Mormon

"Why am I STILL a Mormon," would be a better question. Because out of everything I've searched for, the most fulfilling sense of peace and happiness has come from learning about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. To learn that from a living prophet who has the authority to direct us on how to be happy has been a confirmation to me that God lives, He loves us, and is still aware of our every want and need.

How I live my faith

I have learned the importance of the statement, "Men are that they might have JOY." Being happy is one of the most sought after goals of this life that I think everyone can relate to. Not the temporary pleasures of the world, but the real spirit-lifting, heart encompassing, true happiness that takes over your whole body when you feel it. I know, because I've felt that before. It is satisfyingly fulfilling. When I have truly turned my life over to Jesus Christ, and have trusted completely in the ability of His Atonement to complete and perfect me, then it seems as if no matter what trials I suffer, they are swallowed up in the joy of Christ. I can always choose to be happy. Granted, that has been a difficult choice for me to make when I fail a test in college, or am experiencing the stresses of balancing school, work, family, and friends. But, it's always the best choice I've made. "Consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual..." (Mosiah 2:41) I keep the commandments, however simple that may seem, because I've experienced the blessings of spiritual security, feeling the love of God, being financially okay for school, having a car to get around, understanding the mumbo jumbo my professors are teaching, understanding the doctrines the prophets are teaching, and so much more! Just in case you are still wondering, it is ALWAYS possible to choose to be happy. Hard, sometimes yes. Impossible, never. Because when you pray for the Atonement to strengthen you, then you will be able to "submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord." (Mosaic 24:15)

What are Mormon temples used for?

Emily
Temples are the Lord's Universities. You go to learn eternal truths, and further your light and knowledge. In the temple, you receive sacred ordinances for your eternal family. You can also receive these ordinances proxy for those who have died and didn't get the opportunity to receive the gospel. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Emily
It's like suddenly realizing there is a purpose for all things even though you have no idea what the meaning of all things is yet. But, that's okay. Because being a Mormon is realizing you don't have to be perfect, but you get credit for trying. It's knowing that God's perspective is the most important, and trying to clear everything that's blocking your view of that perspective is a noble thing to pursue. It's sometimes like being the odd one out when others realize you're different. But then you're able to strengthen your own faith as you share with others your testimony when they ask you WHY you're different. It's the best thing I've ever been, because being a Mormon is being happy. Show more Show less