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Hi I'm Emily Cook

I grew up in Minnesota. I do musical theatre. I'm a poor college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently in college, and am very busy because of it. However, in my spare time, I am involved in musical theatre- seeing it, reading about it, being in it, everything! I currently don’t have a major, but I am hoping to be a part of the Music Dance Theatre program. I love reading, singing and eating. I’m also an enthusiastic member of this Church! I love it so much and am so grateful for the opportunities it has given me and how it has changed my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was baptized when I was 8 like a lot of LDS members, I still had to make the decision to be an active member of the church. There’s a difference of being a member on paper and being a member in life. I never had a huge experience where angels coming singing “Hallelujah” or anything like that. Though I know that the Book of Mormon is a true book of scripture, I haven’t always had such a firm belief in it. It took lots of reading and praying. But the main reason that I know that this church is the true Church of Jesus Christ is because of the Prophet Joseph Smith and all the other pioneers. Any time that I learn about them, I feel an immense sense of gratitude for what they have done for me. I can’t explain it, other than I simply know that what they stood for is right. There has never been any doubt in my mind about their sacrifice and the truthfulness of what they fought for the right to believe. I am so grateful to my ancestors for what they endured. I know that Joseph Smith saw God and His Son in the grove, that the Book of Mormon is true and I am so thankful for my family, friends and church leaders for helping me to come to that knowledge in my own time. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ so much, and not a day goes by without me thanking God for the wonderful, true church that He guided me to.

How I live my faith

I teach Sunday School at church and often will play piano to accompany the congregation. However, it’s not just that. Living my faith is an everyday sort of thing. Every morning, I wake up and have to decide whether or not to live my faith. Though I’m currently at BYU, I grew up in Minnesota, where people don’t believe in my faith. Every moment that I am around anybody, I am choosing to live the standards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I choose to wear modest clothing, to not say inappropriate things or swear words, not to party, etc. Though it doesn’t always make me the most popular person, nor has it always been the easiest decision, I still choose it every day. I love this church and I know that it makes me a better person.