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Emily Abel

Emily first found her love for storytelling as an editorial intern with LDS Living. Before returning to work full time as a writer and editor, she graduated from Utah State University with a degree in English and worked for the Liahona magazine. Hiking trails, dance studios, and behind the cover of a good book are some of her favorite places to be.

Fun
By  Emily Abel
October 20, 2021 05:44 PM MDT
LDS Living has seen some impressive pumpkin carvings over the years. From an image of President Russell M. Nelson to temples and gospel art scenes, Latter-day Saints have no shortage of creativity when it comes to pumpkin carving.
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By  Emily Abel
October 18, 2021 04:20 PM MDT
Sunday, October 17, was an exciting day for Latter-day Saints in Oklahoma and Kansas—the Church announced its donation of two million dollars to the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City and President Russell M. Nelson spoke to members in a virtual devotional.
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By  Emily Abel
October 12, 2021 10:36 AM MDT
If you don't now love the temple or have fears about going back, this temple matron has advice on what do, and her thoughts come from personal experience.
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By  Emily Abel
October 08, 2021 02:49 PM MDT
Elder Andersen's family plays this game after conference. Now you can, too! Plus see the art, graphics, and photos Church leaders shared on Facebook this week.
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By  Emily Abel
October 05, 2021 11:24 AM MDT
What do scriptures teach about living in an age of conflict? How are Latter-day Saints called to be peacemakers? We sat down with scholar Patrick Q. Mason to discuss what his latest book, "Proclaim Peace," says about these questions.
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Fun
By  Emily Abel
October 04, 2021 02:29 PM MDT
Another general conference weekend has come and gone. With it came the announcement of 13 new temples, messages of hope—and a plethora of entertaining conference-related Tweets. Find some of our favorites here.
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By  Emily Abel
September 30, 2021 04:00 PM MDT
Published in 1899, the first Church handbook was small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. The world has changed greatly since then, and so has the handbook.
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By  Emily Abel
September 13, 2021 08:59 PM MDT
I'd always known that my grandma had grown up in the same neighborhood as Sister Susan Bednar. But I never imagined I’d one day sit down with Sister Bednar herself and have a conversation that would deepen my appreciation for what life is like when you are married to an Apostle.
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By  Emily Abel
September 08, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
As smoke and ash billowed up from what had become a tomb for more than 2,700 people, a man named Allen Kay sat in his office on Fifth Avenue in New York City and pulled out a 3-by-5-inch index card.
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By  Emily Abel
September 08, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
Ten years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93, The New York Times remembered that horrific day, saying, “Ultimately, each person attaches an individual meaning to 9/11, if possible. Outside of the families of the victims, most people’s lives may not present themselves as remarkably different. But there is residue, lingering wisps of Sept. 11.”1 Ten years may have passed since those words were written, but the wisps of 9/11 remain.
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By  Emily Abel
August 26, 2021 03:57 PM MDT
Twenty-seven years ago, Debby Camp of Alberta, Canada, gave birth to a stillborn child. After carrying the grief of that loss for many years, she has found personal healing by ministering in a special way to families in similar situations.
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By  Emily Abel
August 13, 2021 06:17 PM MDT
Editor’s note: “This week from the Pulpit” highlights recent messages by General Authorities, General Officers, and leaders of the Church.
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By  Emily Abel
July 30, 2021 02:40 PM MDT
Elder Jacob Herr knew he wanted to immerse himself in the culture of Georgia, a country that sits at the intersection of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. But he never imagined his efforts would lead to a video of him going viral on TikTok and an appearance on one of the country’s morning talk shows.
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By  Emily Abel
July 28, 2021 04:13 PM MDT
“Excuse me, are you someone I can share a testimony with? I feel I really need to,” a woman’s voice behind me quietly said.
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By  Emily Abel
July 28, 2021 02:51 PM MDT
Sam found himself in a hospital room not as the doctor, but as a distressed husband, anxiously awaiting updates on his wife’s condition. And in the midst of that traumatic role reversal, he fell into a moral crisis.
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By  Emily Abel
July 27, 2021 02:59 PM MDT
Five years ago, two Latter-day Saint Tongan toddlers stole the hearts of thousands when this adorable photo of them went viral.
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By  Emily Abel
July 24, 2021 09:32 AM MDT
Benjamin Pachev hit the ground running after his mission—literally.
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By  Emily Abel
July 22, 2021 03:00 PM MDT
A little over a month ago, LDS Living published a story about Betty Zermariam and Woudneh Redahegn, a remarkable couple from Ethiopia who have had a great spiritual and temporal impact on their country.
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By  Emily Abel
July 16, 2021 01:00 PM MDT
I had some choice words for my flip-flops.
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By  Emily Abel
July 02, 2021 01:00 PM MDT
Editor's note: This article originally ran on LDS Living in July 2020. The Parley P. Pratt Freedom Run is being held again this year on July 3, 2021.
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By  Emily Abel
June 17, 2021 01:00 PM MDT
“All are Alike unto God.” For months, Kody Keller pondered over those words—the theme of the Church’s 12th International Art Competition. How would he bring that simple but profound line to life? An art professor at BYU–Idaho, Keller came up with multiple concepts but didn’t feel right moving forward with any of them.
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By  Emily Abel
June 08, 2021 04:00 PM MDT
On June 7, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shared on Facebook that he and his wife, Patricia, were sharing their 58th wedding anniversary. The post includes tender expressions of love; Elder Holland calls his wife “my life, my help, my hope, my everything” and “the pinnacle of my life’s purpose.” He describes her as the “mother of all living” in his world and praises the way she has served the Church, her community, and their own family.
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By  Emily Abel
June 07, 2021 01:00 PM MDT
Rochelle Sellers sat in the Tokyo Japan Temple, slowly rocking a baby all dressed in white. In a room nearby, the baby’s parents were receiving their temple endowments. Neither Rochelle nor the baby’s parents were from Japan, but God’s plan had somehow brought them all together in that place. Soon the family would be sealed for time and all eternity. As Rochelle rocked and looked down at the baby in her arms, she had an overwhelming spiritual impression that said, “This little girl is going to do great things for her people.”
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By  Emily Abel
May 19, 2021 08:20 PM MDT
Did you know that at least eight female leaders of the Church have either spoken at a United Nations event or held a leadership position in the organization? When you consider theUnited Nations’ five main areas of focus, the Church’s desire to be involved shouldn’t come as a surprise:
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