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Hi I'm Elliott

I'm a husband and father, a strategy consultant and a transplanted surfer. I love to make ice cream. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, father of five, entrepreneur and strategy consultant. My wife and I are originally from Southern California, but have lived around the country. Recently we moved from Arizona to Massachusetts, and we love the environment we have found here for our kids. I love traveling, competitive swimming, playing the piano, surfing, photography, making ice cream and launching new businesses.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. It brings me peace to know that through the grace of Christ my family can stay together forever.

How I live my faith

One of the things I love about being a Mormon is that it helps me exercise my religious beliefs. Because of the way the church is organized, it puts opportunities to help others in front of me almost every day. Our religion is eternal, but it also is very practical--it deals with the "here and now," as well as the "there and then." Through the church and my service in it, I interact with and develop deep bonds of friendship with people I would never meet in any other way. I help them and they help me. I love being a member of this church.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Elliott
Sooner or later, each of us will experience the terrible sting of death when someone we love passes on. That hurts. We need a Savior in those instances--someone who can rescue us from that pain and separation. We all make mistakes in life, and do things that cause pain to us and, unfortunately, to others. We can try to rationalize away the guilt and remorse we feel, but that only works for so long. At some point we have to look ourselves in the mirror and recognize that our choices have caused pain. That hurts. At times like that, we also need a Savior. In short, when we hurt, we need a Savior. Jesus is the Savior who can rescue us from death and sin. In my life, I have experienced His grace--meaning I've felt Jesus' saving power--in times of death, sadness and even sickness. There's a verse in Psalm 116 that sums up why I need a Savior, and why I rely on him: The Lord delivers "my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling." I have felt the power of Jesus' atonement. I am thankful to have his saving grace in my life. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Elliott
Faith is action. It is a belief that moves us to act--to change. If you're not sure whether God is real, try an experiment for a few days: Decide what you would do differently in your life if you knew God was really there, and that He loved you very much. Then do it--make those changes, and do things differently, the way you would if you were sure God was really there. Try it for a few days. I promise you that you will feel the love of God in your life and come to know that He is there, and that He does love you. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Elliott
The purpose of life is to have joy. Show more Show less