Hi I'm Elaine
I moved out of my mothers house at 17. I married my best friend and love of my life when I was 18 (Dec '08). A few months later I was pregnant (now 19). I gave birth to a wonderful baby girl who has been a true blessing in my life shortly after turning 20. I attended college while going to high school and was able to graduate from high school a semester early (Dec '07). I continued my education at the local college and earned my Associate of Arts Degree (because of the Spanish credits I earned from the A.P. exam in high school) the following year (Dec '08) just before getting married. I took a year and a half break from college to have a baby and figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I have recently started school again at the same college and am majoring in Accounting. I am a stay-at-home mom, house wife, and student. However, that does not mean that I do not get out of the house. I go to the gym three times a week and donate plasma twice a week, so I am out of the house once a day (besides school) which provides some good "me" time. I did choose to stay home rather than go to work and I do love it, but it is not something I want to do while my daughter is in school. I want to be able to have a career and work outside of the home, but I want to be home with my daughter during her early years. My husband and I are not a couple interested in have a lot of children. We love our daughter with all our hearts, but we are very happy with just one child. That does not say that we may never have more children, but we are not planning to have more children anytime soon, if at all.
Why I am a Mormon
Growing up I was exposed to both Catholic and Mormon beliefs through family and friends (respectively). I would not have guessed that I would become Mormon, I even said a couple times that it would NEVER happen. Well, never say never right? The thing is, I was Catholic because I was born into it. I had a hard time understanding and even believing some of the things I was learning in Sunday school and through my mother. However, when I would sit in on family home evening with my friend's families or even ask their parents questions about things that I didn't quite understand, all of the lessons and answers just made sense and followed what I believed my Lord and Heavenly Father would want for his children (before earth, here on earth, and after). Of course when I mentioned this to my mother it would upset her, and I would get in trouble. She would push her religion on me even harder, which would result in pushing me away from it even more. When I moved out of her house I went through a rebellious stage, but with in a few months I knew, without a doubt, where I needed to be. I already new the doctrines, I just need to start living them. Some of the steps were not as easy as others, but they were all doable and very much worth it!
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is part of my everyday life. It is my way of communicating with my Heavenly Father on a very personal level. Though he knows every desire of my heart, he like any father, wants me to talk to him about what troubles me and ask him specifically for his help and guidance.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
My prayers have been answered through many different ways. They come in small promptings in my heart; from friends or family members; in events happening at just the right time; and at times from complete strangers. When my husband and I were deciding if we should move closer to a big city in hopes that he will land a good job in his field of computer science, or if we should stay in our "small town" and try a business venture. I kept having an overwhelming and calming feeling that we needed to stay where we were and give a business a good trial run. As much as I wanted to move, I knew that it was not the right decision for our family to make. This experience was an answer to my prayer, but also an answer to my husbands prayer. He was given the great opportunity to be a part of a start-up business that also happened to be his dream job. He did not know how to break the news to me because he knew that I REALLY wanted to move and would not be happy to hear that we would need to stay. When he started to bring it up I told him that Heavenly Father had impressed upon me the need to stay. He was overjoyed and very grateful for the power of prayer.
Could you talk about your baptism?
Both of my parents are Catholic. My dad is not very active, but my mom is a stereotypical Hispanic Catholic (not that it is a bad thing, I just can't find another way to describe her). She was no where near happy when I told her that I was going to be baptized Mormon. In fact she was mortified and told me that becoming Mormon was worse than becoming Atheist. She was even more upset when she dragged me into the priest's office to have him give me a "talking to" and he told me to get baptized if I felt in my heart that it was the right thing for ME to do. He also told me about the wonderful relationship the Catholic church has with the Mormon church (I'm pretty sure that bit of information threw my mom for a loop). My dad on the other hand was happy that I found where I felt I needed to be. My friends parents played a large role in my conversion by teaching me their beliefs and answering all of my questions or helping me find the answers. I am truly grateful for their influence and hope that they know how much they helped me, made me feel unconditionally loved, and how much I love them. The day of my baptism I was surrounded by many loving (future) family members who were excited not because I was joining the church and bringing their son/brother back to the church (he also made the choice on his own after watching me do it), but because they could see that I made this decision for ME and I knew in my heart that it was the most important and correct decision I have ever made.
How I live my faith
My husband and I are family history consultants. Specifically related to indexing. Indexing is an online system used to extract data from valuable records and provide free searchable indexes that accessible to everyone (not just members) for genealogy research —all from the convenience of your home. It is done by volunteers from around the world. I absolutely love indexing! It is a fun past time that also feels productive. I try to spend half an hour a day indexing (while my daughter is napping), by doing this I am able to submit over 500 names in a week. Imagen how many names could be indexed if everyone indexed just one hour a week!! If you would like to participate in the indexing program please go to indexing.familysearch.org you do not have to be Mormon to use this program. If you are not sure about using the program you can take a "test drive" (found at the site mentioned). I encourage you to try the full version for yourself and let me know how it goes! :D