“I no longer had to prove myself to God,
He proved Himself to me.”

Restoring Virtue

A Testimony of Healing Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ
For Victims of Sexual Abuse
Restoring Virtue is a message of hope for all. This deeply personal and honest account details how Emily accessed the Atonement of Jesus Christ as a way to recover from the effects of childhood sexual abuse. Even for those who have not personally experienced the trauma of abuse, it inspires a thoughtful examination of one's personal relationship with God. The narrative highlights virtues such as honesty, love, forgiveness, and service. And affirms it is possible to achieve happiness and peace after life's darkest and most difficult challenges.

“Emily Hope has written a beautiful masterpiece. Her vulnerability, faith, courage, and honest approach has brought a wave of love and comfort to my mind, body, heart and spirit. I am so grateful for her sharing her experience in this book.”

“Emily, through sharing her own experiences, has given every woman a safe place to evaluate her own past and decided how to proceed. Once I was done reading it I shared it with my mother, who was able to read it from another point of view… the parent who suspected, but did not know how to approach the topic or help her daughter through it.”

“Restoring Virtue is a powerful testiment of hope, healing, forgiveness, love and of the atonement. Unfortunately, many of us have either been abused or know someone who has been abused. This book provides a great example of one who overcame the effects of abuse. “

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“The words are beautiful, full of imagery and gave a beautiful, hopeful testimony of the Atonement. I know my testimony and faith increased while reading it. While the book is focused on those who suffer from sexual abuse, I believe the principles can apply to all who “make a sacrifice of your negative feelings…”

“This book is amazing. It perfectly illustrates the healing power of Jesus Christ’s atonement when we apply it in our own lives. Even if readers cannot directly relate to the author’s experience of abuse, one can relate that experience to almost any seemingly overwhelming trial in one’s life.”

“No matter where your life’s journeys have started at this book will bring a healing balm to you, if you do more then just believe in the message of Christ’s atonement, but accept and apply it to your life as Emily did and shared so beautifully with readers.”

The path to healing is as unique as the individual who seeks it.

My Story

I am a wife, mother, daughter, and friend. I love cold weather, which is why I live in the north, the beautiful state of Alaska. I am an introvert to the extreme, but my wonderful outgoing husband has rubbed off on me, helping me discover my own voice. I love biking, picking berries in the wild Alaskan frontier, discount movies with my best friend, sharing spiritual experiences with my children, and the comfort of my husbands hugs. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My life is blessed in more ways than I can count.

I travelled a long road to find peace, happiness, and healing from sexual abuse. It lead me to God and to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. As my story comes full circle I hope I will be able to help someone else traveling the same path. I also believe as I put my testimony into words and stories, I will be strengthened as well.

This blog, in connection with my facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/restoringvirtue), is dedicated to helping victims of sexual abuse find answers, understanding, and experience healing. Also to providing information and connecting people with resources so they can better respond to victims in crisis.

The things written on this blog are my own thoughts, ideas, and insights based on testimony I have gained. They are not endorsed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. If you are interested in more information about the church you can visit LDS.org or mormon.org and request a Book of Mormon, or contact contact information for your local LDS missionaries.

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"Every time rain clouds hang on the mountains and the sun shines from the west, a full arcing double rainbow stretches over my backyard. A token sign of God's promise. Evidence that with the perfect combination of trials and hope, a testimony is born."