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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a college student and future missionary. I love piano improv. I'm coming to better know my Savior, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a BYU student who is studying life (I'm struggling to narrow down decisions on my major)! I'm passionate about learning languages (especially Spanish), nutrition and exercise, serving others, writing, performing and composing music (piano, organ, singing, flute), and teaching children (I've worked with students who are foreign, very young, have special needs, and who come from various backgrounds). In addition to these interests, I am considering becoming a marriage and family therapist! In the meantime, I am preparing to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon/LDS Church) and am very excited for this opportunity to share the PURE JOY that is Christ's everlasting gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have learned by the power of the Spirit of God that this gospel is true. After Jesus died and His power was lost from the earth, we experienced a time of apostasy. Today, in God's infinite wisdom, He has seen fit to restore the truth through modern prophets in these latter-days. I know with all my heart that the teachings of this church will lead us to the utmost happiness, peace, and guidance in life. This mortal journey is the time for us to prepare to meet God and increase our faith in Him. We will see our loved ones after this life and can be with them for eternity if we stay true to the Lord's teachings. If you are unsure of where to find truth, simply pray to God with all sincerity of heart, and He will answer you with an outpouring of His great love and guidance.

How I live my faith

In the past, I've had some challenging encounters with people being unkind to me and others. I have come closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ, as I have relied on Him to forgive and love others. I try to follow Him by being a friend to all and sharing my faith by the way I live. I try to live my faith by serving others, being a proactive citizen, playing the piano/organ and teaching faith-building topics in my local congregation, and being grateful to God in all circumstances. I believe we can be truly happy if we see each day as a way to grow and learn. We will come closer to our Father in Heaven by following Him, studying and practicing His word, and basking in the warmth of His love.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Emily
Family is the most important unit of society. It is God's chosen way of bringing his children together and helping them learn and grow in a unified way. While it is not always easy to "like" our families, they can be one of the greatest sources of happiness as we learn to "love" one another in this life and assist each other. In "The Family: A Proclamation to the World," we learn of God's plan of happiness for families. Husbands and wives, as fathers and mothers, have distinct but complementary roles to build each other up and help their children and each other in coming closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ, who has made it possible for us to forgive and to overcome sin, guilt, death, and all challenges and imperfections. We believe we are part of one big eternal family, and we are children of God. As spirit sons and daughters, we refer to him as our Heavenly Father. We have a Heavenly Mother who works along his side, but she is very sacred to him, so we don't hear about her as much. We believe that as we live righteously and strive to increase in faith and love throughout this life, we will be blessed to be with our families eternally in the next life. We will carry our relationships with our family members with us into the next life, so we should try to love one another. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Emily
Faith is putting God's wisdom above our own and trusting in his loving plan for each of us. As we follow Christ's example and nourish our faith daily, we will be blessed with miracles, happiness, and a greater understanding of his love. "Faith without works is dead," so we need to strengthen our beliefs and practice what we preach in order to remain spiritually strong when the storms of life come. We practice our faith in many ways, and we strive to strengthen it each day by praying, studying our scriptures, attending church meetings/activities, serving others, relying on God's Spirit (the Holy Ghost) to guide us, and trusting in his perfect love and timing of things. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Emily
Jesus Christ suffered and died for us so that through him, we might be saved from eternal damnation (termination of progression) and heartache. He has overcome sin and death, and he has experienced all trials, temptations, challenges, and agony possible to mankind in order to know how to succor us and lift us up. His grace is sufficient "after all we can do." This means that we must do our best to be righteous and strengthen our faith in him, and repent when we mess up. Additionally, we should forgive others as he so willingly and fully forgives us. If we try our hardest to follow, serve, and love him by keeping his commandments and loving our neighbors, his Atonement can and will make up all the difference. It is not a matter of paying back debt, but rather thanking and loving him through our actions in this mortal journey. Show more Show less