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Hi I'm Emily

I love art, I will be serving in the Romania/Moldova mission, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Over the course of my short life, I have moved 6 (and soon to be 7) times. I have worked my way from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to part time residence in Provo, Utah and soon to be Romania/Moldova. Each move was difficult in its own sense but allowed me to recognize certain constants in my life, the standout examples being the gospel and my family. I am currently a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I have chosen to place my education on hold and serve a full time mission that will begin in June of 2017. I have been called to serve in the Romania/Moldova mission, Romanian speaking. I am so excited to be thrown out of my comfort zone and serve others completely in the name and light of Christ. After I return from my mission and finish my undergraduate degree, I plan on attending medical school. I want to not only help others heal correctly, but also have a job that continually challenges me to increase my knowledge and my compassion for others.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I as an individual have found that I have access to more joy, love, and guidance than if I were not. I was raised in the Church by two faithful parents but decided at age eight that I needed to gain a testimony for myself. I began to read and pray over the scriptures on my own and then journal out my thoughts. When my parents asked me if I was ready for baptism, I was able to answer with a confident "yes!". I knew by and for myself that living the gospel was the best way for me. As I have grown older, my reliance on the gospel and my relationship with my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ has only grown stronger. My trials have been made bearable, my heart has been softened, my mind has been opened, and my joy been only enriched by my choosing to live the gospel. The gospel has only made me more grateful for every aspect of this life that has been given to me, both comfortable and uncomfortable. I know that I have so much more to learn, but it only brings me joy and excitement to learn it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by making it a lifestyle. This was a motto I established fairly early in my life due to my aforementioned moves. I recognized that no matter what city, what state, or what country I found myself in, the gospel was true and brought comfort and guidance to my life. I found that the structure of the Church, from the proceedings of Sunday meetings to the interpretation of scripture, was the same everywhere I went. In a world where changes happen in seconds and life moves faster than that, I have found over and over again that by living the gospel day to day, I do not struggle to keep moving forward. I am focusing on making my life fit the gospel and not trying to force the gospel to fit my life.