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Hi I'm Em

I have lived in Northern New York and Southern California. I have crossed the country by car 8+ times. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of three grown children and grandmother of three youngsters. I enjoy singing, dancing, teaching, reading, racquetball and volleyball. I hold a BA in Literature and Writing as well as a Master's Degree in Education. My husband and I enjoy working together in the field of education and traveling to destinations near and far. I adore driving my MINI Cooper about the country roads of my home state. I have taught Irish Step Dance, reading, writing, special education, adult literacy, middle and high school English,computer classes, frugality using coupons, and a host of other fun topics. I felt the calling to be a teacher when I was in the sixth grade serving as a helper to the Kindergarten teacher in my elementary school. Before acquiring my teaching certification, I was able to find a wonderous outlet teaching in the church. I look forward to Sundays for the opportunity to rejuvinate and engergize my spirit for the upcoming week.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to join the church after my oldest child was born. Prior to that, I selfishly felt like I wasn't hurting anyone by my choice to occasionally attend church but not join. After the birth of my daughter, I felt a great responsibility to raise my children with a knowledge of the Savior and his gospel. I promised God that if my husband was not ready to join the church in three years, I would be baptized without him. 2 1/2 years and many sets of missionary discussions later, my husband did not feel inspired to join the church. I rationalized that he was my husband and he would not accept my decision to be baptized. One day while we were driving, I felt prompted to ask him how he would feel if I chose to be baptized. His response surprised and humbled me - he said though it was not important to him, he knew it was important to me and he would support me if I made the choice to join the church. I have been a member for nearly three decades and have been grateful for his support. He passed away unexpectedly in 2000 at age 41, but his example to our daughters in the short time he was part of their life has influenced them to be strong in their convictions and support of their spouses.

How I live my faith

Because our branch is part of a missionary district, we all have the chance to serve in many callings at once to help knowledge of Christ's gospel grow in our area. Currently I have the privilege of working with children from 4 - 11 as they build their personal testimonies and understanding of the Savior. As an assistant to the media specialist, I also have the opportunity to share local events and encourage community members to join us at our branch events. Service increases my faith and love for those around me.