Hi I'm Ellen
I am the mother of two beautiful girls, they are the joy of my life. I have been married to a wonderful man for 6 years now. We have moved around during our marriage for work and school but we love being Washington and plan to stay. My husband is currently in school at Evergreen State college, we are taking turns getting masters degrees. I have a bachelors degree in Political Science from Western Washington University, and when my husband finishes his degree and my girls are in school I look forward to going back to school to get my masters. I hope to work in a non profit organization, I am passionate about women's rights and women's health issues. I hope to work with a group to end the trafficking of young women into sexual exploitation, both here and in other countries. My day to day life is that of a homemaker and mother. I love to play with my kids I love to cook and I like to create things, as a result my house and my kitchen are generally in need of a cleaning. I enjoy yoga, pilates, camping, the ocean, kayaking and just being outside in the sunshine (I even like the rain) I love my life, it's hard sometimes just like everyone else's but overall I have a great life.
Why I am a Mormon
My family raised me a member of the church. I can't say for sure that if I had to seek out my religion on my own that I would be a member, but because I was raised and taught the love of Christ as a child I was able to delve deeper into spiritual wisdom as I have gotten older. I enjoy learning about other religions and I have come to understand a lot of truth from many sources, but as I have grown and studied I have learned that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has the most complete truth. The organization of the church has been a great blessing, other members have reached out and been my strength when I have needed it. Service is truly the hallmark of this church. I have not always been faithful to my beliefs but the times of greatest peace and true joy have been when I am staying true to my beliefs.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
I think that as each member of a family studies the gospel and brings the Spirit of God into their own hearts they can then bring that into their home. we can't control the actions of others but we can strengthen ourselves and bring ourselves peace. As we begin to see ourselves more as children of God, we are able to see those in our homes as children of God and we can have more patience and more understanding with each other. We are all on our own paths working out our own spiritual welfare and if we allow ourselves develop at our own pace we can then learn to allow others to do the same.
How I live my faith
My philosophy for living my faith is to see and enjoy what God has created for me. I have been given every breath, and everything that I have experienced has been a gift from God. I currently serve in the church with the teenage girls ages 12-18. I love working with these girls and my goal for that service is to tell them that they are daughters of God and that they can be and do anything in life and to strive for the best. I have 2 small girls of my own and I try to teach the teenage girls that I work with, the things that I want my daughters to know when they get older. I am blessed to be able to work with them. My oldest daughter is old enough to learn early gospel lessons and I love watching her grow to understand the basics of faith, love, and peace. My family has a weekly lesson together outside of church and since our children are young we usually discuss things like loving each other, sharing, God loves us and so on. Bringing the gospel into our home and incorporating the teachings of Jesus and the prophets into our daily lives has strengthened us and allowed us to become a closer and more loving family.