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Hi I'm Elise

I'm a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother. I'm a Michigander. I'm a singer. I'm a cosmetologist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of 5 in my family. I grew up in Chicago and Northern Michigan (and yes, I love the winters). Leaving from the later, I went to college in Utah for vocal performance but came back after a semester to marry my friend that I went to High School with - best decision ever. We now have a growing family and the free time I don't have is spent reading, oraganizing, cooking, and mostly playing with my family. I enjoy biking, skiing, hiking, waiting at railroad crossings and making people look and feel beautiful - I'm a "daymaker". And no profile about me would be complete without mentioning that I love the Foo Fighters!

Why I am a Mormon

I find myself very fortunate to have been born in the church. My parents are members, my Dad, a convert when he was 14. My parents took us to church every sunday when we were little, and because of that I was known to everyone else as being "very christian". Because they built that habit and foundation for me it wasn't until I left for college that I found myself alone, even in a very big LDS populated community, and needing to gain my own testimony of the gospel. I struggled. Mostly because I didn't try very hard and was confused by the not-typical behavior around me. Reading my patriarchel blessing, and knowing who I was and where I came from, eventually helped me break through that barrier. That, and my best friend from high school was taking the discussions back at home. He made the decision to be baptized and a year later we were sealed in the temple. Watching him find his way to knowing the gospel of Jesus Christ is true really helped me find my own way at the same time. I'm a Mormon because when I was baptized at 8 years old I received the gift of the Holy Ghost. And his influence has made all the difference. The surest way for me to invite the spirit is by singing the hymns, or songs about Jesus Christ. It really is a swelling in my heart; the only time I can feel warm and have goosebumps at the same time. I have also been an avid recorder of the events in my life since I was 8. Being able to look back on these experiences helps me recognize the Lord's hand in my life. I know he loves me, and is merciful. I'm a Mormon because of the positive focus on the family, and my family is happy because of it. I'm a Mormon because when I was given the choice... I chose to be. And that brings me joy. Joy in knowing that I'm a daughter of God. Joy in knowing that He lives and that our Savior lives. Christ's atonement for our sins, our pain, our sorrows is real. And that brings me peace.

How I live my faith

I pray... a lot. And I have faith. I know that I cannot get through my trials alone, and that I don't have to. The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints is all about service. When I am at church I'm teaching the children, ages 3-11, music. We learn the hymns and other children's songs that teach about Jesus, the scriptures, and how to recognize the spirit. One of the songs we sing is "I'm trying to be like Jesus", and it really is something I try to do everyday. Because He is our perfect example we know how we should treat and serve others. In striving to teach my own children I am always learning a little bit about charity, the pure love of Christ.