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Hi I'm Emily Wahlquist

I grew up in Murray, Utah. I love to refinish wood furniture and play in the dirt. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a gardener at heart. I love to make things alive, to dig in the dirt, plant flowers, pull weeds, and make the space around me beautiful, colorful, green, and fresh. I also love hospitals. There was a time when I thought hospitals were only cold white walls, long tubes, and mechanical beeps and flashes. But now I find hospitals full of kind hands that serve and love unconditionally and who inspire hope and healing for broken bodies and broken hearts. I find the mountains and roller-coasters to be thrilling and find joy in feeding ducks, stargazing, and cheering at rodeos. I am the oldest sister for the best 6 younger brothers and sisters I could ask for and am a student studying to be a Nurse Anesthetist at the University of Utah. I am currently serving a mission in the Belgium/Netherlands Mission and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Dutch language.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been asked before why I choose to stay a member of the LDS church after I graduated High School and left my parent's home. This is a question that holds a place in the most tender area of my heart. I have read the scriptures much, pondered much, and prayed much and have discovered for myself the truthfullness of the Book of Mormon and of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Like Nephi, I have been born of goodly parents who strove with all they had to teach me the commandments of God and to love and to trust in Him. As I have watched my parents' example of faith, courage, and forgiveness, they have become my heroes on this earth. I experienced many trials as a child and young adult that often seemed unfair and left me wondering how could a God above who loved me allow such painful things to happen to me and those I loved. Among other things, one such experience was the stillbirth of my youngest sister after miraculously surviving a full 9 month pregnancy with a severe birth defect. The months and months of grief and mourning I experienced and the years of sometimes painful growth and learning that followed after have led me to search and hunger for a peace and rest from the ache in my heart that sometimes seemed would never go away. I found that peace and rest in my Savior Jesus Christ and in His Atonement for me. I know that through restored Priesthood power and the restoration of Temples, my family will be mine forever and that I will see my sister again. In the mean time, the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is the rock upon which I have built my life. I have learned that though good and bad things happen to all of God's children that my Savior Jesus Christ will endure them all with me. I have found great joy and peace in this life regardless of my current circumstances through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon. I know it is true and that God has indeed called a prophet again to lead His church and bring His children back to Him.

How I live my faith

Before I was called to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and as a young women growing up, I was often called to be a leader among the rest of the young women of our church. I so enjoyed serving them and getting to know them. Learning and growing from them has taught me much about the strength and power of the youth growing up today and the increasing need to stand for goodness and for the standards of God. They have given me great hope in the rising generation and the blessing we will be for the world in our lifetime. After being with the youth, I was called as a Sunday school teacher for the children of our church from 3 to 4 years old. They are some of my favorite people on the earth! Their simple yet pure testimonies of Jesus Christ and the unconditional love they have for each other and everyone they meet have truly inspired me and stirred in me a deep love and desire to serve all of God's children. I am sure I learned more from those sweet children about how to trust in the Savior and follow His example than I ever could have taught them.