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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a Sister Missionary, dancer, traveler, former BYU student & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Emily and I am a student at Brigham Young University. I have lived most of my life in Utah, but I spent four years living in Taiwan as a young girl. Being exposed to the unique Chinese culture at such a young age gave me a love for diversity and travel. While living in Taiwan, my family traveled all over Asia and I was exposed to different people, culture, and languages. That love for Asian cultures that sparked as a young girl is still with me today and I am so excited to serve the people of Japan as a missionary! Being the oldest of six children, I have learned responsibility and a love for being with kids. This is part of the reason I want to be an Elementary School Teacher. I love children and I believe that teachers have a huge impact on the physical, emotional, and mental growth of children. Dancing is something that I love to do to express my feelings. I grew up taking ballet classes and was on my high school's dance company. Through dance I have made wonderful friendships that will last my whole life. I have come to realize that "the sprit and the body are the soul of man" as I have expressed myself through dance.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have a testimony of the truth. I choose to believe.I have grown up in a very strong LDS home. While I always thought that I had a strong testimony in the Gospel, it wasn't until this past year that I developed a testimony of my very own. Being seminary president, Laurel president, and someone that the other Young Women looked up to,I thought that my testimony was strong and sure. But about a year ago, I began to question everything that my parents had taught me. I even questioned the existence of a God. This was a really scary time for me. But I began to turn to God and to the scriptures for answers. The past year has been a long journey in my search for light and truth. It hasn't been easy. But it has been SO worth it. My testimony today is something that is so special to me because it is something that hasn't come easily. I've had to work for it! I fasted and prayed many days. I spent so many nights crying to my Heavenly Father that I could know the truth of the Gospel. I have learned how important the simple acts of scripture study and prayer are. I have developed a closer relationship with my Heavenly Father as I have pled with Him to help me. I now KNOW that I am a child of God. I know that He hears and answers my prayers. I KNOW that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's true church on the earth. I know that it was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and by studying this inspired book and acting on its principles, I can find great strength and peace. I love my Savior and I know that Christ is the Savior of the World. I am grateful for the peace and love that He gives me everyday. The Holy Ghost has born witness to me of these truths and I am so grateful for that witness. I know that a testimony is something that is within the reach of every child of God and the choice to strengthen that testimony and gain spiritual truth is the best choice you will ever make!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to emulate Christlike attributes everyday. By being kind, charitable, patient...etc. I can love like the Savior did and be an example to those around me. About a year ago, my best friend and I started an LDS instagram account where we have been able to share the gospel through motivational and testimony building quotes and pictures. It's hard to believe that almost 7,000 people read these posts. This is one way that I share my testimony with others. I have tried to "flood the earth" with truth and righteousness through my Instagram posts and I hope that I touch other's lives in the process. I have had many church callings over the years but one that sticks out the most is being a Family History Co-Chair. At my young adult ward at BYU, I was able to be in charge of a family history committee and oversee family history in my ward. Though it was difficult to motivate my ward to engage in family history, it was an enriching experience to learn more about family history myself. I loved serving my ward in this way!

What is faith?

I believe that faith is more than something that someone can only "have". Faith is more of an action word. To me, "having" faith is doing things because of what I believe. I pray to my Heavenly Father because I have faith that God can hear me and will answer my prayers. I read the Book of Mormon because I believe it is a true book. I have faith that as I live the principles in the Book of Mormon, I can receive guidance for my life. Faith takes work. We must put forth worth and effort in order to receive a testimony of the truth. I believe that faith is a gift from God. As we work hard to gain a testimony or to believe in something that is true, Heavenly Father will give us faith. Show more Show less