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Hi I'm Emma Gehring

I'm from Texas, but right now I'm a missionary in Alberta Canada. I'm an artist and a student. I love my family and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a large, complicated family. My parents got divorced when I was 1 and are now both remarried. I have two siblings, three half-siblings, one step-sibling, a brother-in law, and a nephew (and more cousins, aunts, and uncles than I can count!). Although my family might not be "traditional", I love them with all of my heart. They mean everything to me. I suffer from depression and anxiety. This has effected almost every aspect of my life. I went through some pretty dark times for a while, but fortunately, I have found peace through the gospel and through my family. I have learned to live with my depression and anxiety and I am slowly learning to cope with it better and better each day. Even though it is a major trial in my life, as I overcome it, I have grown stronger than I ever imagined I could be. I am an artist and a student. I love photography (especially film photography) and sculpture. I love to learn. Knowledge is incredibly important to me. I love learning about just about anything. I hope to one day be an elementary school teacher. The classroom is definitely where I want to spend my time. I love teaching children and love helping them reach the potential I know they can. I love to travel. I am lucky enough to have traveled to ten different countries outside of the USA. As I travel, I am blown away by God's great creations and am incredibly humbled by the vastness of this world.

Why I am a Mormon

I can see the Lord's hand in my everyday life. I cannot doubt that He knows and loves me. As I live the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, I find peace, joy, comfort, and strength in it's teachings. Because I love the Lord, I want more than anything to someday return to live with Him in Heaven. He has sent us here with a great plan of joy and salvation. Because I have faith in Him, I follow that plan and let it guide my life. I thank the Lord every day for the atonement, through which I can repent and become clean. I know that through this atonement, and by following this plan, I can feel relief in times of pain, I can find guidance in times of confusion, I can gain knowledge of my purpose here on Earth, I can feel unconditional love in times of sorrow, and I can feel joy in knowing that I am a Child of God, and will be able to live with my Heavenly Father and my family for all of eternity.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to serve as a ward chorister. As I stood up on the stand each Sunday to lead the music, I could feel the spirit coming from each individual member of the congregation as they filled the room with their songs of praise. I loved watching the range of emotions that I could see encompass each person. I gained a testimony of how powerful hymns can be. My favorite hymns are the sacrament hymns. They have such powerful words and melodies that help me feel and understand the love and sacrifice that my Savior has offered me, and continues to offer me each day. I have also had the chance to serve as a primary teacher. Even though it was a challenging responsibility, I grew to love and respect those kids more than I thought possible. Each week as I taught them, they taught me. I worked very hard to help them understand our Father's great plan. I taught them scripture stories and helped them memorize and learn the meaning of specifically important verses. I bore my testimony to them as I explained the importance of prayer and obedience. As I served, I began to see these children through our Heavenly Father's eyes, and because I had this love for them, I wanted more than anything for them to feel the love and support of their Savior. As the kids in my class learned and grew, I was amazed at the strength of their testimonies. Their questions, comments, and insights proved that even though they didn't know everything, they knew enough. These young children know enough to believe in Christ and His church. I am so grateful that I had the chance to teach these six-year-olds, and I am humbled as I watch their light shine so purely and so brightly each day.