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Hi I'm Emily

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I got my degree in English Literature and I love to read. The best thing I learned at college was how to learn. I find answers to questions about cooking, gardening, cleaning, teaching my children, financing, anything! in the books I read. After I finished school, I went to Italy for 18 months to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ as a full-time missionary. That experience solidified my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Shortly after I married and my first child was born, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church. I stay because I know it is true. I know it is true because I feel joy, peace and greater understanding when I have anything to do with it.

How I live my faith

I work with the women in our area to create an environment where they can learn how to strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ, strengthen their homes and families, and care for those in need. We often serve together. Because of them I feel like I have an extended support network whenever I need help.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Emily
My husband helps me to not feel alone. When he comes home from work, he talks with our girls and holds the baby while I get dinner on the table. Before bed, we sit on the couch and read a scripture story with our children. They say their prayers and then one reads a story with me and the other reads a story with him. Then, while I nurse the baby, he takes the girls upstairs and tucks them in. Then he and I read the scriptures together. This usually opens up to a discussion about our day, the things we're worried about, the things we're learning. Then we pray together. This doesn't happen every night. But it does happen most nights. The best word I could use to describe my husband is "partner." Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Emily
It is out of respect for an individual's right to choose, that temple ordinances are done. I believe that ordinances, like baptism, are a necessary part of accepting Jesus Christ. Accepting Jesus Christ is a necessary part of being able to live with God forever. If you were not presented with that choice during your lifetime, or if the person who presented it to you wasn't someone you trusted, or if your life circumstances were such that making that choice was impossible (all judgement calls to be made by God, by the way, I have no way of knowing that kind of thing personally), temple ordinances provide a way for you to make that choice after you have died and still receive the blessings that accompany that choice for the rest of eternity. It in no way forces someone to accept Jesus Christ. Individuals who receive temple work are not "listed" as members of the Mormon church. Performing temple ordinances for those who are dead does not take away their ability to choose. It gives them an option to make a choice, now that they are in a position to have all the information. I think it is one of the most merciful, just, and respectful elements of God's plan. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Emily
I think many people assume that all of our worship takes place in temples and don't know that we have meetinghouses we go to every week that anyone can come into, anytime and participate with us. The temple is different because it is literally the House of God, set apart for doing those sacred ordinances. One might ask, 'Well why wouldn't God want everybody to come into His house?" And the answer is, "He does want everybody to come into His house, but not if they are merely curious, and not if they are unprepared to do the work that is done in His house." Entrance to the temple requires commitment. We have all sorts of situations in everyday life that are the same. Entrance into the heart of another person requires commitment. Entrance into a university requires commitment. Entrance into an operating room requires preparation and commitment. Regular entrance into my home and into my life and the lives of my children requires some kind of standard of living on your part. God has set the standard for what is required to come into one of His temples. He did that in old testament times, new testament times, and he still does in our day. It's his house and his right - and we can have total confidence in his judgement because we know that all his decisions are motivated by love for us and a concern for our best interest. Show more Show less