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Hi I'm Emily.

I grew up in the bay area of California. I'm a convert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the wife of a very wonderful man, the mother of a beautiful daughter, and the daughter of two incredible parents. My life has not been perfect, but everything that I have gone through has certainly made me into the woman I am today. I grew up in a home where love was given effortlessly. Though I was not born into a family of members of the church, I was prepared in the important aspects of life the importance of family, love, and service. This is the reason why when I first started learning about the church at age 15 that it was not difficult to accept as the truth. I was not allowed by my parents to join the church, so after a very long two and a half years when I finally turned 18, I immediately took the missionary discussions and was baptized. My now husband came home from his mission a year later, an we were quickly engaged. We waited a year, and were married in the Temple. We then moved to go to college, where we both graduated with our Bachelor degrees in education. I taught first grade for three years before we had our daughter, and my husband still currently teaches High School Band.

Why I am a Mormon

 My grandmother had passed away when I was 15, and I was heartbroken. I missed her terribly, but more important than that, I was devastated that I did not know what happened to her. Where was she? Did she still exist? Did she still love me wherever she was? I didn't know. She died early January while I was still on Christmas break from school, and I did not know how school was going to work for me. My first week back, my Spanish teacher assigned groups for a project. I didn’t know the members of my group very well but was grateful to have them in my group since they seemed pretty nice. Our first day working together, we decided to go to Stacy’s house. On our way there all three started talking about spiritual paradise which was what they had learned in Seminary that day. I was confused… they talked about the afterlife as if they knew for a fact this is how it was. I started asking questions, and soon became very interested in what they knew. They understood where my grandmother went, I didn’t. My wonderful friends invited me to church, youth dances, and road shows. My parents would not let me attend church, but did allow me to attend other activities. One road show that my friends were in was located at the Temple. I was excited since I always thought the temple was a castle, and I was finally going the get a chance to see it up close. After the show was over, my friend Stacy asked if I would like to walk around the Temple, which I did. My dad waited for me in the car while I walked. It was amazing how strong the spirit of the Lord touched me then. I was dealing with the grief over my grandmother’s death, hardships associated with school, and other personal issues. At that moment, it felt as though the boulder that I didn’t even know was on my back was lifted. I had never felt so light and free before. I knew from that moment I needed to know everything I could about this church. It was and is the true Church of Jesus Christ. I am so grateful I followed that prompting. I am so grateful for amazing young men and woman who were willing to share with a friend about the church. I am grateful to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday with my family. I currently teach primary children who are ages 3-4. Being a convert to the church I never attended primary myself, so it has certainly been a wonderful learning experience. My ward holds many activities for both men and woman. My ward will often have get together's for women with their children or without. I love having park groups every week to help give me a chance to see and chat with other women since I am currently staying at home with my daugther.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

The Mormon lifestyle is one of safety and love. We stay away from things that can and would create havoc such as alcohol, drugs, and promiscuity and stick close to things that create peace developing family relationships, service, and scripture study. It is a lifestyle where one can feel true happiness. Show more Show less