What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Elisa

I have traveled the world. I'm a mother, a wife and a blogger. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hi there! My name is Elisa. I have been married for seventeen years to my husband, whom I jokingly call Jefe pronounced Heff-ay-- It's Spanish for Boss. Together we have created a crazy great life with our naughty boxer dog and four children ranging in ages from fifteen to two. I have a degree in Travel & Tourism which means I can ask you if you'd like that biggie sized and with fries. Jefe has a law degree and is a partner in a local law firm. I love to travel and take photographs. I record all of the small things in life on my blog for future generations. I firmly believe that blogging and photography can enhance any hobby or relationship you have, and by recording it you will inspire others. Everyone has a story to tell-- sometimes they just need help finding the right words. I like to design my own blogs and learn all the nerdy coding that goes along with that. I'm really interested in Social Media and Internet Marketing. I also like read, snow ski, hike, eat good food, and hang out with our friends and family. I say I'm intereseted in Digital Scrapbooking, but I don't know how to do it. So, I guess I'm interested in learning HOW to digital scrapbook. I love to eat good Mexican food with my friends and I have a goal to stand on every continent. I have two left.  

Why I am a Mormon

There is a lot of confusion in the world, and the Mormon Church gives me peace and comfort. It has given me a solid direction and a foundation to build my life upon. Being a Mormon has given me a confidence that cannot be duplicated. No matter what anyone says or does I know who I am -- a Daughter of God-- and I know where I am going and how to get there. This confidence has sustained me through very difficult times. Because of me being a Mormon, I have learned principals of integrity and core values that make me a better Mother, a better wife and an overall better person. I love the values it teaches-- particularly to youth. The church promotes honesty, virtue, charity and service with it's youth, and I find that to be inspirational. Particularly in this age when teenagers have a tendency to be so selfish. On any given Tuesday or Wednesday night throughout the world, you will find teenagers getting together to serve others, promote uplifting entertainment and molding their lives around values and principals of integrity. You are hard pressed to find teenagers practicing virtuous lives in this day and age-- but they do within the Mormon Church. In fact, teenagers celebrate living not only virtuous lives, but Christ-like lives. Finally, I love that the Mormon Church teaches that we each are entitled to receive personal revelation from our loving Father in Heaven with regards to anything and everything that we are involved in. I know that answers to all of the questions I have are only as far away as my knees are from the floor.

How I live my faith

Everything I do and say has a root in what I believe. The way I talk with others, see others and interact with others has a direct correlation to my Faith. For me, there is no "Sunday Christian" and then the "Regular Me" the rest of the week. I am unable to separate it that way. Who I am during the week is the same on Sunday. I try to teach my children to be kind to everyone, to stand up for the things they know are right, and to defend righteousness. I have tried to teach them that they are entitled to personal revelation about anything and all they have to do is Ask. I start my day with prayer-- asking for guidance-- and end it in prayer giving my thanks. When I include the Lord in my day, I am able to get 27 hours out of a 24 hour day (not really, but you get the idea). I live my faith by trying to be the best person that I can possibly be-- being kind to others, having compassion and empathy, and practicing unconditional love towards all people. I may not agree with choices or actions, but I try to never judge. When I am trying to live a righteous life, I am a happier person.

What is the Relief Society?

The wonderful thing about Relief Society is that when/if you have to move-- whether it be across town or across the world-- there will be an immediate and instant group of women who will be your support system and friends. As a woman, you are never alone with the Relief Society program. I don't know of any other religion that offers the instant support system to it's members the way the Relief Society in the Mormon Church does. In every congregation, each member of the Relief Society is paired with another member who are then assigned to be the visiting teachers of one or more members of the Relief Society. Visiting teachers strive to make a monthly contact with the women assigned to them. They are also encouraged to look for opportunities to serve the individuals that they "visit teach". These Visiting Teachers are built in support systems and typically wonderful friendships come from associating with women in this way. The Relief Society is one of the oldest and largest women's organizations in the world, claiming more than 6 million members in over 170 countries and territories. It's motto can be found in 1 Corinthians 13:8, which is: "Charity never faileth" Relief Society is to help assist in carrying out the mission of the Church by helping women and families come unto Christ. Show more Show less