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Hi I'm Elise Silva

I'm a teacher, a reader and writer, and a lover of language and family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life and people. I grew up in sunny California where I got my Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Psychology. I'm in my third year of teaching literature in public school. I love learning. I would prefer to be a professional student, but since it's hard to make a living that way, I'll settle for helping other people learn and hopefully learning from them at the same time. I would say the mission statement of my life is that I want to do and be what God expects of me, and I know that if I try my best at that, I will be happy and I will make the people I care about happy. I try to love everyone. Always. And I feel like my mission in life is to help people truly express themselves and to speak up for those who can't. My husband and I first met in high school when his family moved into my neighborhood from Brazil. We had a lot of fun together and had so much in common, we soon became best friends. Six years after we started dating (three of which years we were only able to communicate through mail and email) our lives finally came together. We were married for time and all eternity in 2009. We have so much fun together and go out as often as we can to watch movies, spend time with family and explore together. We get through the tough times by taking care of each other. He is the biggest blessing of my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by parents who tried their best to live the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Throughout my childhood I followed their examples and listened to their advice. I have always admired their effort and attention to doing what is right. As a teenager, living the principles I learned from my religion became much harder, but I began to see that the closer I followed those principles, the happier and stronger I was. I began to see that living the gospel prepared me for any challenge I could come up against, and allowed me to find happiness even in difficulty. I felt and still feel like the sacrifices I make to follow Christ are nothing compared to the happiness and strength I gain.

How I live my faith

Throughout the years, I feel like I've built a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father. I see how he shows me his love daily and I know what things I do that make Him proud of me. I think there is no better feeling in the world than to know that my God is pleased with my actions. I had this feeling while dedicating a year and a half to serving His children on a mission in another country. During this time, I learned the importance of caring about the happiness of people I didn't know very well. I learned how important it is to pray for others and teach them what I know and help them also see how much God loves them. I have served in many capacities in church, from taking girls camping to teaching children or adults in sunday school. One of the favorite responsibilities I've had lately, is to assist people as they attend the temple. Temples are not like regular meetinghouses; they are a place for people to make further commitments to God when they are ready. For us they are considered the holiest places on earth. I love having the opportunity to spend hours at a time there because I have less distractions from the things that matter little in life, and focus on the things that matter most. This makes it so much easier to recognize God's soft and often imperceptible nudges and suggestions.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Elise Silva
In the temple, members of the church who are supposedly ready to make a stronger commitment to God's will and His work, perform what we call "ordinances". Ordinances are simply actions that are symbolic of the promises we make with God and the blessings he promises us based on our adherence to our end of the promise. A more widely known ordinance in our church is baptism, a promise to God that we will follow Jesus Christ's example as best we can and repent when we don't. He promises us at our baptism that we will have the Holy Spirit to help us. As we perform ordinances for ourselves in the temple, we promise a stronger or more detailed level of commitment to God, and as a result, are given more detailed information and promises. Members of the church may only perform these promises when they ready to make them and are keeping the ones they have already made. I think of the restriction this way: if God cares about the future of his children, as I'm sure he does, and if he truly does ask us to become perfect, as the Bible teaches (Matt. 5:48), why would he give us more knowledge than we are ready to handle? People are not generally responsible to act on knowledge they do not have, but the more people are aware of a rules they break, the more they are to blame. Show more Show less