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Hi I'm Emma

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and am preparing to serve an 18th month mission in Brazil. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am from a small town in the Portland metro area, so I love to get out and see the world, though I still have many places to check off my list. I love to be with my family, watch movies, eat food, and cuddle with my dog. I'd like to think I'm adventurous, but I also love the simple pleasures in life, like snuggling up to a good book or baking a favorite treat.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, so honestly it came easily to me. As I've got older, I could see others around me make very important choices that would lead them down one path or another, but I continued to follow Jesus Christ, one small experience at a time. Some experiences were vital to my testimony, like seeing friends stray from the gospel or leaving my family to go to school. The one in particular that put all that I believed to the test, was the passing of my mother. She had pancreatic cancer, but for most of her treatment her body was blessed to deal with it amazingly, and life was still pretty normal. I did not even think about her passing until a few weeks before her death, when drugs stopped working and it was apparent she was not doing well. But all those small experiences that built my faith in this church grounded me. Not to say it wasn't hard and I didn't plead a lot with God, because I did. And those three or four weeks when I had to face the worst possible outcome, I thought God wasn't answering my prayers. It felt like the widows of heaven were sealed shut, but I continued to knock, and say "thy will be done". But after her death, and my perspective was widened, I could see that God was there the whole time. We didn't get the big miracle of my mom being healed, but we got a lot of little ones. And that is why I am Mormon. I know that despite the trials we have, this life was given to us to have joy and to learn. I am forsaking little in comparison to what I will gain in the long run. And if I get to the other side and realize I wasted my life in this church, I'll at least have the peace of mind that I was happy because of it. But I know that won't be the case, because I have felt the Spirit testify to me that the gospel is true, through all those small and big experiences that help me make the same choices to live the gospel the best I can again and again.

How I live my faith

I think being an example is the way I live my faith. I'm at an age where I have a great opportunity to show others the joy I have from the gospel, like that of the youth, one of them being my little sister. I'm preparing for a mission, so I hope that is showing her and her friends and peers, how great the gospel is and how I want to share it.