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Hi I'm Emily

I am single, 37, with no children yet, I cherish motherhood. I love creating beautiful places. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I needed a change in life and decided to move across the country to Boston! After teaching middle school for 6 years, I knew I wanted to pursue a dream of helping teachers become inspiring teachers. My goal: Harvard Graduate School of Education. Just before I turned in my application, I was offered a position to be Clayton Christensen's assistant at the Harvard Business School. He is a great leader in the business world. And a great leader in the Mormon world. I knew that this was a once in a life time opportunity. I pinch myself every day that I get to be learning from him and his family. Moving to Boston provided my first chance to truly live on my own. So, I am creating my first Home. New England is a perfect place to gather fun antiques to display, and I am learning how to sew and making pillows and quilts to match the seasons. My mom is so proud! Almost everything in my apartment, however, has some time to my family. I have often told my parents that having my family members as my best friends is often my greatest blessing and greatest curse: they are who I want to spend all my time with! Even though I am the oldest of the 5 kids, I find myself wanting to emulate and become like my siblings more and more each day. I have a few dreams which include creating a beautiful handwriting company so that people can hire me to write things; revolutionizing the education world; and having a front porch. But my ultimate dream is to be a wife and mother.

Why I am a Mormon

I have thought about why I am a Mormon quite a bit. While I was teaching an adult religion class at BYU, we were having a lesson about the apostle Peter. I realized that every member - whether raised in this church or not - needs to have a conversion story. We each need a reason why we choose to be a part of this church. My reason comes from lots of moments in which I have come closer to God than through any other means. Understanding hearts is one of my life goals. I want to have empathy for people and compassion for their decisions and experiences. Thus, I have gone to many religious congregations, I have visited friends in jail, experienced native American sweat lodges, on and on. There is sooo much goodness and greatness in the world. But it is only through the Church of Jesus Christ, and the doctrines I learn while studying the word of God and participating in sacred ordinances, that I have a sure understanding of who I am. Through the commitments and covenants I have made through the Church of Jesus Christ, I know what I can become - I know that I am needed in God' plan. No where else is there such vision, love, and clarity. Thus, I choose to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As I am living a new life all on my own, I have realized that I am a family of one right now. I am creating the habits and patterns I want to have in a home with children. I know that one day I will have that. At some point in the eternities, I will be a wife and a mother. I know that God is a God of promises and fulfills ALL His promises. So I am developing certain habits that I want to be just a part of who and what I am. This year, I have decided to be dedicated to morning scripture study. While my hair is up in velcro curlers, I read and study the scriptures. I have a journal to capture my thoughts and write/ponder more fully what I am reading. I have started swimming again. I have prayed to a desire to eat healthy foods. My end goal is to be in control of my life and fill it with the things that bring joy. There is a line from a hymn that I want to be better at: "learn the Healer's art." I want to and strive to be a safe place for people to share the inner workings of their hearts. I want people to feel the Lord's love and the reality that we don't have to do anything to earn God's complete love. We can do things so that the Heavens trust us to do God's work. Yet, His love can't be earned. We just have to be open to it. I truly try to love people in this manor and embrace all that they are and all that they will be. And, I smile. I give hugs. I am okay to be the first person to start a conversation. I believe our hearts are pretty much all the same and we want people to notice and care. So I smile. I learn people's names. And I talk.