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Hi I'm Eleva

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a born and bred kiwi. I'm a single mother of 1 boy and am enjoying motherhood a lot more than I ever thought I would. It is fun and a great experience, and it has taught me to laugh in the most trying of times. I love classical music - baroque is my favourite, Vivaldi is among my top favourite composers. I started the violin when i was 26. It is now a source of joy and pain for me (joy - i love playing, pain - i'm unable to perform without shaking like a leaf and in turn, embarrassing myself), but i continue to play and perform as much as i can, even if it is to the cabbages, potatoes and pumpkins i put on my bed to mimic people. I work a 9 - 5 job and enjoy the stability it provides if not so much excitement and/or variety. I've had to put my education on hold until it is the right time - i want to do a certificate in Animal Management as it is a passion of mine, nearly as much as music. I'm an avid supporter of SPCA & WSPA and dream of one day, not needing these organisations.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church and attended faithfully as children do. Unfortunately, during the i'm-busy-finding-myself years (somewhere between 16 - 21), I fell away and became a part of the world. My true conversion happened when I was 27. It was during Easter 2008 - I was watching a documentary on Jesus Christ. I knew the story of course, we were taught it in primary. What I saw that day was something different though. I saw a man with an unfathomable amount of love who suffered and died for so many people he did not know - including me. I decided I wanted to know more about this man and I started reading the Book of Mormon. It would be the first time I picked it up and I would never put it down. I continue to grow and follow His gospel because i've received a witness from the spirit that this is the true church. It is a testimony he has written upon my soul, my very being and regardless of which way I turn, I know in my heart it is true. Prior to my conversion, I was lost and confused and all those things you are when you're wandering aimlessly - now, I have never been happier in my trials and struggles and believe me, there are many of those but now, I don't feel alone in them. When I see pictures of Christ, I no longer see a man - I see my Saviour.

How I live my faith

I'm a teacher of 2 adult-classes in my ward. They have been a blessing as they require in-depth study of the scriptures. I have in turn found a new love for the scriptures. I look forward to rediscovering the scriptures and their stories every week with the members and the many things we can apply from those stories to our own time. I'm also a ward chorister and choir conductor. I have been blessed with talents in music and these callings help to grow and share these talents. I enjoy visiting teaching (visiting active and inactive sisters within our area to see how they are doing) and growing relationships with sisters in our area. I have a small picture of Jesus Christ and the NZ temple on my wall in my work area. This helps me to remember the big picture when things of the world become overwhelming. It has also improved the language of my work colleagues and the conversations we have which is a bonus.

Who are the Mormons?

Mormons is a nickname given to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Given this nickname through the Book of Mormon who was translated by Joseph Smith, the first prophet of the Latter-days and who restored the gospel to this earth. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is a belief in something you cannot see. I like to think of it as a belief in something my spirit can see, but my body cannot. When I have faith in something like the Holy Ghost, my spirit can see, speak and feel him and therefore tells my body that he is real, he is here and he is helping me. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

A wonderful read filled with exciting stories of love, loss, wars between brothers, families and nations, betrayal, trials, triumphs, physical & spiritual battles and faithful prophets. More importantly, it is Another Testament of Jesus Christ. A record of the ancient inhabitants on the Amercian Continent. The Nephites and Lamanites who left Jerusalem around 600BC and the Jaredites who left Jerusalem around the time of the Tower of Babel. These great nations experiences, and dealings with the Lord. The pivotal point in this book is the visit of Jesus Christ to the Americas (see 3rd Nephi) which also happens to be one of my favourite books within the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon goes hand in hand with the bible. It teaches us the way to eternal salvation and our duties and responsibilities here on earth as his children. It was abridged by an ancient prophet named Mormon, hence the book is named for him. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

President Thomas S Monson Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

In quite a few people, ourselves, our family, our leaders, our friends but first and foremost, we must have faith in our Heavenly Father who has given us all we have, in his Son Jesus Christ who shows us the way and in the Holy Ghost, who guides us. Having faith in these last 3 will help you throughout your life to overcome many tests, trials and to enjoy the blessings that faith brings. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

You must ask the Lord through sincere prayer. See James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

The definition of Christian is - Professing belief in Jesus as Christ and/or following the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. To this, we answer yes, we are Christians as everything we learn, teach and follow is and/or leads to Jesus Christ. Show more Show less