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Hi I'm Elisa

I was born with PKU. I graduated from college. I am getting ready to be a full-time mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in Public Health. I am married and my husband and I have one baby girl so far. I am so grateful that I am able to be a full-time mom for my children. We are excited to have many children and to someday own a house and have a garden. Financial independence and provident living is a high priority for us. I have travelled to many countries with my family. My family is also very musical. All five of us sing. In college I was in an elite choir that toured England and Wales the year I was in it. I love being in nature, watching good movies, making friends, exercising, and writing in my journal. I have a genetic disorder called phenylketonuria, or PKU. Because of this I have to stick to a very low protein diet. I drink a special medical formula every day to supplement my diet. This disorder is pretty rare, but for me it's just a normal part of my every day life. Having the gospel of Jesus Christ gives my family and I eternal perspective. While my diet has it's inconveniences, it pales in comparison to the richness of the life God wants for me. I am very blessed to have my family, temple covenants that seal us together forever, modern prophets to guide us, the beauties of nature, a college education and all of God's other blessings. PKU hasn't stopped me from doing anything in life that really matters.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised LDS, or "Mormon." My parents taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ by word and example. As I grew up I thought about the teachings of the gospel and they all made sense to me. I always loved truth, and I know that all truth comes from God. When I pray I know my Heavenly Father hears me and gives me an answer. When I read the Book of Mormon I come to know the Savior Jesus Christ. He lives and loves us. Jesus Christ died for my sins and also suffered all my pain. He rose from the dead and lives today and speaks to His church through modern prophets, just like those in ancient times recorded in the Bible. God teaches us, "line upon line, precept upon precept." I have always had faith but the more I live it the more it grows, and I feel God's hand guiding my life.

How I live my faith

One calling I had in my young single adult congregation was serving the women. I was one of three leaders over about 80 women. We could not possibly get to know and serve them all. But the church has a program called visiting teaching. Each woman in my congregation was assigned a companion and two other women they were supposed to visit and share a gospel message with each month. This way, everyone is taken care of in the way the Savior would if he were here. As leaders we prayed together and felt the Spirit of the Lord prompt us to talk to certain individuals or give lessons on certain topics. I once had the opportunity to teach a lesson on The Law of Chastity. I discussed doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ that help us understand the importance of this sacred law regarding human intimacy. The women were very responsive in the discussion and I felt that they really understood the sanctity of the body as well as the wonderful blessings of faithful marriage. I grew a lot from the opportunities I had to serve my friends and teach lessons about gospel topics.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Elisa
We are normal people. I feel that as a mormon I get to participate in all the richness of life - everything that is true and beautiful and good. We believe families are central to God's plan, we believe in gaining as much education as possible, we value uplifting music and art. We believe in striving for financial independence and provident living. We believe in exercising and eating healthy. We believe in serving those around us and contributing to our communities. We strive to live our faith by praying, studying the scriptures, attending church, keeping high moral standards, being faithful to our spouses, and teaching our children in love. This lifestyle doesn't hinder us at all. I feel that following God's commandments allows me to benefit from all that is good and beautiful in the world without being distracted or harmed by all that is degrading and evil. Christ himself said, "The truth shall make you free." (John 8:32) Show more Show less