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Hi I'm Emily

I love taking walks in nature. I like cartoons a lot. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern CA and I have so much love and awe for all Heavenly Father's beautiful creations. Ever since I could hold a pencil I've been trying to make creations of my own-- I love to draw and create characters. I'm currently a student studying pre-animation, and my dream would be to animate in studios like Disney or Pixar. Glen Keane (animator for Ariel, Tarzan, Aladdin, Rapunzel, and more) is a big inspiration to me, and as he says, “I look at animation as a gift from God. We’re helping the public see the beauty of God’s creation." I love all forms of art because I feel closer to Heavenly Father when I create something new or feel something from somebody's art that words can't express. When an artist is trying to convey something meaningful from within themselves, I feel it's only Christlike to listen.

Why I am a Mormon

I'd always had faith in the teachings of my parents, but my true testimony was realized when I was 13 years old. I was hospitalized with an eating disorder. During my recovery at home in the next few months, I had a particularly difficult break-down when I saw a picture of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane on the wall of my home. My mother who was with me told me, “Christ suffered all of this so you don’t have to, just take all this pain you’re feeling and give it to Him.” The teachings I’d grown up hearing suddenly became real and applicable in my own life. Christ the son of God suffered not only for the sins of the world in the Garden of Gethsemane, but He also suffered the individual pains and heartache and sorrows and grief that every child of God here had and ever would suffer so that He would understand how we felt and always know how to help us. In realizing this I learned to trust the Lord with my recovery. Even while a great part of me (the sickness) didn’t even want to try to get better, the other half of me struggled a little harder for Christ and believed in the Atonement. I was able to make a healthy recovery through many blessings from Heavenly Father. Even though I don’t know the meaning of all things, I think that He wanted me to have that trial so I could learn from it and go on to do better things with my time here. That and the further light I've felt since then are greatly apart of why I'v decided to serve a full-time mission for the church in Orlando FL :) I want every child of God to learn of our Father's plan and feel Christ's healing love.

How I live my faith

In my local church communities I've enjoyed serving as a research consultant for family history work. That means I try to help members put together charts for their family generations. I also love to index, or type up hand-written records like censuses and birth certificates from microfilmed records so individuals can search for their ancestors in them online. Callings in family history are my favorite because in the Church we believe the family is the most important unit, and that learning about ancestors teaches us more about ourselves.

What are Mormon temples used for?

Emily
When I went through the temple for my first time, the sister who came to take me back greeted me by saying, "Welcome to your Father's house! He is so happy you're here!" That is what the temple is; it is God's house on earth. As no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God, it follows that those who enter His house must be worthy to enter through committing to a clean lifestyle. His house is a place of learning and receiving sacred ordinances. Everything that happens there is symbolic, just like baptism; temple ordinances are just the next step. You might've heard that members also do work for the dead in temples, and this is true. Besides going again and again to learn more, we continue to return so we can participate in proxy ordinances for our ancestors who have died. Not everyone on earth has had the opportunity to have these ordinances in their lifetime, so we complete the ordinances with their names as an option for them, should they choose to accept the gospel after this life. This is not excessive; it is after the teachings of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Emily
The fact that God sent us here in mortal bodies is not an accident or a coincidence or a convenience; it is an essential part of His plan for us to gain experience and find joy. Our spirit AND our body comprise our soul. Just as Christ's body was resurrected into a perfect state when He rose from the dead, so too will our spirits and bodies be reunited in perfection one day. While we are here, it is our responsibility to take care of our physical body as a gift from God and as the house of our spirit-- we would not let our physical home get out of order for too long, and neither should we let our spiritual home get out of order. Satan does not have a body and so he and his followers in their bitterness and spite will try to get us to abuse, mistreat and discredit our bodies. Whenever I feel like my body is inadequate in any way, I try to remember that I have a body made by God-- and that is a gift and a miracle! Wanting to take care of our bodies to the best of our ability is a natural consequence of having gratitude for that gift/miracle. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Emily
God is the all-powerful and all-knowing being under whose direction heaven and earth and everything in them was made. That said, I think it's significant that of all the titles He could have us address Him, He wants us to call Him "Father". He is the most ideal parent you can think of, but infinitely more perfect, loving, and wise. As with any parent and child, we are created in the image of our Father, with a physical body. Heavenly Father's work and glory is to bring to pass our happiness, or our reaching our full potential as His children, which is the meaning of this life. Through the Atonement of His son, our elder brother Jesus Christ, He has provided a Plan for us to return to live with Him again. We were raised by Him as spirits, and while we are here on earth He asks that we pray to Him, just like our parents want us to call home as often as we can. He loves us and misses us; He smiles when we smile and cries when we cry. Each one of us is precious to Him. Show more Show less