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Hi I'm Emma Voigtlaender

I grew up in Spokane, Washington. I study chemistry at BYU Provo. I love my Savior. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! My name is Emma and I am currently serving as a missionary in Frankfurt, Germany. Before my mission, I went to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where I am studying chemistry. My hope is to one day get my PhD and become a professor. I love, love, love to be outside. I grew up in Washington where I was really blessed to have lots of beautiful places really close by where I could go running, swimming, and hiking. But as much as I love chemistry and hiking, I love my family even more! They are my rock. They have taught me how to work hard and play hard. Plus, they also love being outside so there is always lots of fun to be had when the whole gang gets together.

Why I am a Mormon

I was really lucky to grow up in the church and have very faithful parents that always taught me right from wrong. But, there came a time in my life where I doubted if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true. Because I wasn't sure about the church, I stopped reading the scriptures, saying my prayers, and trying to be a better person. I didn't start doing bad stuff, but I quickly noticed that I was not happy. It didn't make sense. I had lots of friends. I was doing well in school. I got along with my family. But I just wasn't happy. That is when I decided that I was going to figure out if this was really true. I prayed to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet and if the Book of Mormon was true. I didn't get my answer right away, but as I continued to pray and read the Book of Mormon, I got a warm feeling. I know that feeling was the Holy Ghost telling me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true, Joseph Smith is a Prophet, and the Book of Mormon is true. My life soon began to brighten. I felt happier. I had more energy. Disappointments and hardships didn't seem so hard to bear. I know it may seem hard to be Mormon. People always ask me how I can live with so many "rules" and "guidelines." The answer to that is simple; because the Lord blesses people who keep His "rules" and "guidelines" (aka Commandments). It may be hard to stop drinking or smoking. It may seem silly to refrain from premarital sex or to give ten percent of your income to others. BUT, I promise you, that if you just try it and are obedient to God's Commandment, you will feel God blessing you. You will feel happier and you will know in your heart what is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow Jesus Christ's example. I read my scriptures, pray, personally study, and go to church to learn about Christ and what he wants me to do. I then try every day to be a little bit better at doing what he asks. It isn't easy, but when I do my very best to keep his commandments, be a better missionary, and serve others I am happy, even when life is hard.