My name is Emilia. I was born in Sicily and raised in Ontario, Canada. Although we moved to Canada, my parents raised my siblings and I in a very strict, Catholic and traditional Italian way of life. My culture was a very dominant part of my upbringing.
When I was 15 years old, I met a boy who attended the same Catholic High School as myself. Jason was the most unlikely boyfriend for me to have, but something about his goofy, shy, and diverse personality deeply attracted me to him. As the years advanced, our relationship blossomed, and just after our high school graduating year, he decided to take the missionary discussions and within a few months he was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Six months after that, after experiencing many trials and adversity and overcoming them, Jason baptized me. This day turned out to be the most special and significant day of my life…one I hold dear and will never forget, and one that has opened the gates to my eternity. I will share this story and testimony in one of my posts someday.
This is where life for both of us changed in a way I never imagined it would, and our journey became more beautiful and uplifting, even through some of the trials we endured at times. Jason served a two-year mission for our Church in London, England, an experience he treasures daily. Three months after he returned home honourably, we were married in the Toronto Temple for time and eternity in September 1991. Fast forward 26 years, and we have two wonderful adult sons who have stolen our hearts and put smiles on our faces. Our oldest son is a musician and his band has recently gathered much strength and many followers. Our younger son just returned from serving his two-year mission in the California Anaheim mission.
I have served in various callings at church, both on a ward and on a stake level. I have great experiences serving and developed spiritually from them. My testimony has matured tremendously through the 30 years I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and although there is still room for much growth, I can testify that through my own personal experiences, I know that I am a Child of God and that He loves me, hears and answers my prayers, and blesses me each and every day. As a result of this knowledge, I am very mindful of my divine potential and my individual worth. I am filled with gratitude for the Atonement of my Saviour, Jesus Christ. I love Him, I need Him, and am indebted to Him.
The purpose for my blog is a personal one, but does strongly tie into missionary work. You will get to know me a little more personally as I write about my experiences and share my stories. I want you to know that I am, by no means, an accomplished or experienced writer. I am not an official representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but am a faithful member who strives to live according to the standards and morals taught in the scriptures and by the Church. The views and opinions expressed here are my own, but I will back it up by addresses given by our Church leaders and scriptures. I do not claim to be and expert on any given topic and only share things based on my own understanding, experiences, and observations. I will be using this outlet to express my honest opinions on a variety of faith-centered topics that I hope will uplift, encourage, inspire, and bring my readers to learn more about, and come unto Jesus Christ. I am usually a very private person but I am committed and enthusiastic about sharing the gospel with my readers through my own interests, learning and experiences. This isn’t really about me…it’s about the gospel! It’s about the importance of learning more about the gospel and of Jesus Christ. It’s about where we came from, why we are here, where we are going, and how to find peace in our journey back home to God.
I hope you will join me in supporting this new journey that I am embarking on. I invite you to like my Page on Facebook where I share various articles from our Church leaders and other members’ blogs. Please LIKE, SHARE, COMMENT, and welcome aboard.