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Hi I'm Elycia

I'm a Ballroom dancer. I love my husband and my son. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints aka a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for about 3 1/2 years and we just celebrated our son Taylor's first birthday :) I'm a dance major, but I'm not currently in school. Working and being a mom take up enough time, I think :P I love to go to Lake Powell and Yellowstone. I hate shopping *gasp* which my husband was glad to discover. I love to spend time with my MANY relatives (I have over 100 cousins) but I also love the quiet moments with just me, my husband, and our baby.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess the real question isn't why I am a Mormon, since I was born and raised in the LDS Church. The real question is: Why am I STILL a Mormon? I never really doubted anything I was taught while growing up, but I never had that burning, gotta-share-it testimony. Since I grew up in Utah I was surrounded by so many stories of these miraculous experiences that people had gained their testimonies from, but it wasn't until I was16 that I really found out for myself. My family went on a trip to see all of the Church History sites, like the hill where Joseph Smith found the plates, the first temples, etc. We followed the beginnings of the church, from where the Book of Mormon was first printed to the Nauvoo Illinois Temple, which early members were forced to leave behind. Visiting all of these places didn't give me any warm fuzzies or anything, but it felt like they were leading up to something. It wasn't until we got to the jail in Carthage, Illinois where Joseph Smith was murdered that things really hit home for me. I climbed the stairs up to the room he stayed in. I saw the hole in the door where a bullet from the mob came through and hit Joseph's brother Hyrum, killing him instantly. I entered the cell where my ancestor John Taylor was dragged and stuffed under straw and a mattress after being shot, which he survived. I sat in the second-story window Joseph fell from after being shot himself. Finally, I stood down below where the Prophet landed, sealing his testimony and his work with his life. I can't even describe the feeling I had there, one of knowing everything I'd ever learned was true. From there it was like putting together a puzzle: if Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, then the Book of Mormon must be true, which testifies of Jesus Christ, so He must have truly atoned for our sins . . it just makes sense. Everything in my life confirms it.

How I live my faith

I attend a university and am lucky enough to go to one that has an LDS Institute nearby, where I can take a break from my busy schedule to go learn more about the scriptures, the Church's history and such. My class last semester was "Building an Eternal Marriage," which I really enjoyed. If you can't tell from my picture and the couple of times I've mentioned him, I love my husband SO MUCH! I'm so grateful we have the chance to be together forever.

Are Mormons Christians?

Elycia
Absolutely. The Church's real name is The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints. The nickname "Mormons" refers to the Book of Mormon, which we turn to as another witness of Jesus Christ, much like the Bible. Some people think the Book of Mormon replaces the Bible in the LDS Church, but that is not the case. We believe they both testify of the same thing, Christ's ministry upon the earth, just in different places and times. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Elycia
Not at all! Mormons are some of the first to respond when we have natural disasters, like Hurricane Katrina. Many of our activities outside of our Sunday meetings are humanitarian projects, like hygiene and school kits that are sent wherever they are needed. Show more Show less