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Thanks so very much for taking the time to vote, it means a lot to me, and you may have to go page 2nd or 3rd page depending on the votes :) Hopefully this photography will help many families be together for time and all eternity. 

It's entitled: "My Tender Mercy (Provo, Utah Temple)

For me, this photo is very personal, and I would love for it to be able to bless more families as it has blessed mine.

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[VOTE for Emma Marie's Photo "My Tender Mercy (Provo Utah Temple) in LDS Living's Photo Contest to be in their 2014 calendar!

All proceeds from the calendar go to the "Temple Patron Assistance Fund" so that families have the opportunity to be together forever.

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Photograph Copyright ©Emma Marie Photography]

--But this is just another autobiography, examining the prosopography of me.
By: Emma Marie.

Back at the Beginning
Or, Rather Back to Beginning

Take a moment to listen. 
Close your eyes, take a deep a breath, move forward, begin. 
It's how I started this morning,  
realizing that the person I have spent the last year of my life wondering and wandering with - 
would no longer be there. 

Nicholas Sparks says it best though, 

“It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you've known forever don't see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.” 

I am happy. 
And I know that happiness will be there for him too. 
For those that will question this decision, it comes down to the lesson my mother gave: 
You have to listen. 
So I am listening to what I feel Heavenly Father thinks is right. 
So this is goodbye, good luck and I guess I am not getting married quite yet. 

 I wrote the above on October 22nd, 2012 
and to be perfectly honest I didn't understand. 
I know now why, because I want to be able to do this someday. 

[Photo Credit via Pinterest]

So, for now we just continue to be the best of friends, 
who just happen to be in love with one another. 
I am happy.
 I am so happy and so excited for the adventures that lie ahead. 
I get to be with my best friend everyday, 
and then when I go, well, 
I'll know I'm doing what the Lord has called me to do. 
It is better this way. 
And whomever it is, I will love the life I've been given. 
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is such a beautiful thing. 

--But this is just another autobiography, examining the prosopography of me.
 By: Emma Marie.

The Longer I Run

I know I am leaving life behind. 
The life I always imagined. 
The one where I grow up and graduate with a Ph.D. in a subject, 
where I spend half my twenties traveling the world. 
The one where I get lost on subway trains, or run to the top of the eiffel tower. 
I wonder though, if I continue to wander if I will just be more lost. 
There are two sides to every dime, 
and the more I wander, 
I question if I will ever find anything better. 
Will I close my eyes and toss my chances?
Just to know what I am hoping for. 
If life only worked that way, because I would be happy either way. 
I choose to be happy. 

--But this is just another autobiography, examining the prosopography of me.
 By: Emma Marie.

Hello followers, 

One of my friends started an Esty shop with these adorable bows and earrings too. 
They're really cute and cheap too (less than $5.00). 

Photo Copyright © Lauren Faber Photography
Photo Courtesy of: Just Buttons & Bows

Her page is currently having a contest for a free bow & earring set :)
Want to help me win?
It takes three easy steps!
1. Like her Facebook page ---> HERE
2. Write on the wall that Emma referred you,
in fact feel free to copy and paste this: 
"Hello! Just wanted to let you know that Emma Marie referred me" 
3. Check out her Facebook page, blog, or whatever else. She always has wonderful things to say, as well as wonderfully delightful bows and earrings (with discounts quite often too!)


--But this is just another autobiography, examining the prosopography of me.
By: Emma Marie.

Aspire Higher
Coming Home to Him.

There is a song right now by Phillip Phillip entitled Home
Some of the lyrics say this: 

"The trouble it might drag you down, 
if you get lost you can always be found. 
Just know you're not alone" 

How grateful I am, that I know that whatever trouble drags me down, the lost can always be found, for I know that I have a loving Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ who will always come and find His lost sheep. 
We must continual seek Him. 

Today I had the opportunity to go to the Brigham City Temple Open House. 
It isn't my first temple open house, and I hope certainly that it is not my last. 
As I walked through those halls today, 
I hungered and thirsted to be able to understand, 
and at the same time had a quiet reverence for what these temples hold. 
It's not secret, it's sacred. 
And while I wandered through that soon to be sacred home, 
I knew that no matter what I would come here. 
Eternity is a long time, but if you have someone you love what would eternity be without them?
The beautiful thing is that families can be together forever. 
How sweet that knowledge is to know, that someday we will all be one eternal family. 
I know that I can be through continued obedience to my Heavenly Father 
and through sacred covenants I make with Him. 
It is, as it has always been. 
He has provided the great plan of happiness. 
And included in that plan, he has always had temples so that His children might obtain
the ordinances needed for each and everyone of us to dwell with Him again. 
So that we might obtain all the He hath. 
I can say, that without this knowledge my life would be much different. 
It was such a wonderful opportunity today, and though it was only for a short hour. 
It was worth it to watch for one hour, and to leave my foot steps among the countless others and the countless many unseen who rejoice as I do that there is yet another temple. 
That there is yet another house of the Lord we might come home too. 

--But this is just another autobiography, examining the prosopography of me.
 By: Emma Marie.

Oh, here I come life, here I come!

There really isn't anything I have to say, 
except that it's odd to just accept, 
that I am happy. 
Accepting happiness, it seems like such a strange concept. 
I just, I've always been so busy, that I was never just content. 
It's odd to think that I can just -- be still, and be happy. 
Oh be still my soul. Oh be still. 
Also, Africa applications came out! 
Gah! So many big decisions! 
Life is wonderful, oh what a joy it is! 

Life ahead, here I come whether you like it or not! 

--But this is just another autobiography, examining the prosopography of me.
By: Emma Marie.

This is....
well home
... for the next 8 months.

Well, it's not much, but this is home. 
This beautiful wonderful little room with a window, 
just east of the campus, 
with it's cinder block walls. 
I'm a little photography happy. 
I am happy though. 

Welcome Home 

--But this is just another autobiography, examining the prosopography of me.
By: Emma Marie.

No Monkey Business

If anyone else knows a twenty-three year old guy who seat belts in a monkey, please let me know.
I don't think I would trade Stephen for the world, what young man even does that?
Not even seat belts, but goes to D.I. and comes out saying,
"Look what I found! He's only a $1, we should give him a good home"
I left this little guy in the car, so Stephen seat belted him in, to keep him safe. 
So welcome little guy.
Anyone have name suggestions?
Now accepting names.
He has a home, he's gotta have a name.

--But this is just another autobiography, examining the prosopography of me.
 By: Emma Marie.