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Hi I'm Ellen

About Me

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 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.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

After we die we go either to Spirit Prison or Spirit paradise. Spirit Prison is really a negative name for just a place of progress and learning. There are certain things that we must learn and do before we are ready for judgement and progression into heaven. The people that go into Spirit prison are simply not prepared yet and the people that go to Spirit paradise are able to help them and teach them so that they can be prepared. Heavenly Father loves us so much and knew that we would not all be able to prepare for Heaven while on earth so he has allowed us a place to continue to grow and be perfected. After Spirit Prison/Paradise we are resurected and placed into our appropriate kingdoms of glory. Our bodies will be perfected and if we have been prepared and are righteous we will be able to be with our families for eternity. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

The Church's attitude on homosexuality is that homosexuality is a very real and very difficult temptation and that some people may be able to avoid or overcome their same sex attraction and have a heterosexual marriage but that some may not be able to overcome their attraction to people of the same sex, and may have to struggle with their same sex attraction for their entire lives. 1 Corinthians 10:13 makes it clear that we are not tempted beyond our ability to withstand. Homosexual people are not bad, the main issue is that a homosexual person acting in a sexual way will always be breaking the law of chastity. Same sex marriage is offensive to God, Marriage between a man and a woman is so incredibly sacred and is the foundation for our eternal families. God intended for a man and a woman to come together to create children here on earth and also in the eternities. Members of the church are not instructed to have any particular stance on same sex marriage however. My personal feeling is that the government should not have anything to do with marriage and if two consenting adults wish to get married I feel they have the right to do so. Obviously this is controversial and everyone feels differently but that is something I love about my religion, I am able to have my own political and social beliefs separate from the my religious beliefs. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Our entire organization is based on volunteers and giving service. Everyone has something to contribute to God's Kingdom and we can all teach each other and help each other as we learn and grow. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Members pay a tithe of 10 percent. Show more Show less