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Hi I'm Eliot

I grew up all over the world as a Navy brat without any church. Having learned from the Lord His Will: I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a grateful husband, a fervent father and an eager Mormon. My first academic love was chemistry. In these economic difficulties, I've chosen to return to school to learn about Business. More accurately, my wife chose to return to school for business and I decided to tag along. It's been tough watching our savings dwindle, but things keep working out for us. I enjoy listening to classical music. I take my kids on service projects as much as I can. I take improving my life for my kids' benefit very seriously but that doesn't stop me from having fun. And for my wife and kids, I thank my Father in Heaven frequently. I cannot believe what an incredible wife I have. I am still in awe of each of my five kids. I am glad for the opportunity to spend my life with them.

Why I am a Mormon

One day, I decided I was tired of being single. I had gotten deeply involved in work and college. Somehow, a deep relationship, while something I had intensely desired, almost coveted, the relationship wasn't happening. The first few people I took up dating liked me better as a friend, a common theme over the years. Then I met an LDS lady. We were great together. But I refused to have anything to do with her church because I wanted to learn for myself, not as a motivation to keep her in my life. When she finally realized I was never going to be able to take her to the temple, she dumped me. Freed from that excuse, I started exploring the church. In time, the Book of Mormon opened up God's Love for me. Since then, I have met my extraordinary wife, been sealed in the temple, been blessed with 5 exceptional children and so much more. It has been a continual joy and a bit of an effort to maintain my relationship with my Father in Heaven. But he's kept me going, strengthening me through all my days.

How I live my faith

I have been found with my family cleaning up local schools, working with the older kids to prepare quilts for our Church's humanitarian efforts, canning peaches at our Church's cannery, taking part in grass-roots political campaigns, and more. All of these are extensions of my faith. I believe my children should learn to perform service by seeing their parents involved in it. I believe they should help their immediate community, others that we will never meet, and be involved in the political questions of the day. I believe they regardless of gender should learn skills that will carry them forward into their own lives like sewing, quilting, getting out in to the public forum, and serving for the sake of service. And they will learn it best if I am there at their side.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Eliot
Mormon Church services are simple, heartfelt, personal expressions of our love for Our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ. There are three sessions involved in our services: Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School and a third session. Our Sacrament Meeting is an opportunity to partake of the sacrament and for a few of us to teach the congregation. We sing hymns of praise that are simple in style while expressive in worship. In Sunday School, we learn lessons from the scriptures. From there, the third session is divided into groups by gender and age. Visitors are very much welcome. I now I look forward to meeting more people in out and out of Church, but especially in Church. There is nothing in any of the meetings that is secret, but there are quite a few things that will require explanation. So please ask questions. I have been to many lessons where the topic that was prepared for the day was not the topic discussed so that questions could be answered. Can you attend? Why haven't you attended already? Please, join us. See us in action for yourself. Talk with us. Discuss with us. Let us be your friend. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Eliot
Joseph Smith has earned my respect and admiration. I believe he was chosen by Heavenly Father to restore the gospel by, among other things, translating the Book of Mormon. As someone chosen by Heavenly Father to receive His words and share them, he is a prophet. And this makes him a human, someone I do not worship. Only My Father in Heaven and His Only Begotten Son are deserving of my worship. Show more Show less