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Hi I'm Emily

I was raised in Utah. I love cello, ballroom, animation, basketball, and more! I'm a Mormon! I know it, I live it, I love it!

About Me

I am the oldest of 10 children. I have 3 biological siblings, and 6 adopted siblings (1 from Kazakhstan, 2 from the DRC in Africa, and 3 from China). I finished high school and one year of college thus far. I have been studying Chinese for four years and I love it! In 7th grade I began playing the cello, and although I am not good about practicing at home, I really love performing. I was on the freshman basketball team and it was one of the highlights of my high school career. Junior year I joined the school ballroom team and had a blast. My college major is currently declared as Pre-Animation, however, I plan to change to a Computer Science major with an Animation Emphasis. I enjoy being a leader, and laughing with friends, as well as making new ones!

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to be born into this Gospel. I am so grateful for it and the knowledge it gives me. As mentioned below, one of my brothers that we adopted from China passed away in 2013 from a stroke. It was devastating. As a Mormon, I have a knowledge of eternal families. This helped me to know that even though I may not see my brother again in this life, I will be with him in the eternities. Additionally, I have a knowledge that the Atonement allows for us all to be resurrected with our loved ones. The knowledge of eternal families and resurrection really helped me when my brother passed away, and I am now so grateful for the opportunity to share that knowledge with the people of Hong Kong, and everyone else I have the opportunity to meet! I was once taught something that gave me great comfort. When Christ was in the Garden of Gethsemane, He did more than atone for our sins, He suffered our grief and pain. However, He didn't just suffer "sadness" or "grief" or "frustration" in a general sense. Every single person feels sadness or pain or loneliness in different ways. Christ suffered for us each personally, so that someday when we need help and turn to Him, He can say that He knows EXACTLY how we feel, because He felt it the exact way we do. This knowledge has helped me so much as I have turned to my Heavenly Father in prayer for comfort in the hard times. I know this Gospel is true. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet and that Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet. I know families can be together forever.

How I live my faith

I currently am serving as a full time missionary for the Church in the China Hong Kong mission. I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach the Gospel in the Mandarin language. Prior to serving my mission, I was in a college ward where I served as the president of my women's group (usually called Relief Society). I would help the women in my college ward and would direct our meetings and teach lessons. At home with my family, we would attend church every Sunday, and hold "Family Home Evenings" and "Family Nights" where we would spend time together enjoying each others company and building our relationship as directed by our prophet. I attended EFY, a summer camp offered for Mormon teens, four different years, and absolutely LOVED it. Some of the highlights of my year are always watching the General Conference Sessions and listening to the prophet and apostles.