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Hi I'm Elin

I am a musician, a music librarian, a high adventure junkie, a sister, a daughter, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am from Bloomington, Indiana and completed my Bachelors Degree in Early Music Performance - Recorder at Indiana University. I perform medieval, renaissance, and baroque music. Following this degree, I was a missionary in Riverside, California. After my mission, I completed a Masters degree in Library Science with specializations in Music and Rare Books at Indiana University. I eventually want to preserve and work with old, rare music manuscripts (as well as regular music and other rare books). I am a dual citizen of Canada and the United States and was recently hired as the Music Librarian at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in Victoria, British Columbia. I love to cook, read, draw, hike, backpack, perform and listen to music, camp, scuba dive, rock climb, ballroom dance, play ping pong, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and soccer, ice skate, run distance and downhill ski, do beadwork, have snowball fights, and so much more! Over the years, I have played, studied or picked up all the different types and sizes of recorders, flute, piccolo, french horn, mellophone, piano, harpsichord, and cornetto. I have excema and Tourette Syndrome, but I do not allow these to prevent me from living my life. I love Christ, and I love His Gospel!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know this is the fulness of Christ's Gospel on the Earth today. I was raised in this church by my parents, but it came to a point where I had to know for myself if it was true. I can't pinpoint any specific moment, but over the years I have had many experiences which testify to me of its truthfulness. Sometimes, I would hear a doctrine or teaching and feel warm and at peace about it. Other times, I would be having a hard time, and I would feel warmth and comfort through the Holy Ghost that my Heavenly Father loves me and Jesus Christ died for me and this is His church. As a missionary, I came to feel even more deeply the truthfulness of this Gospel and the peace and comfort I have that I am able to share with other people. I am a Mormon because I know Joseph Smith restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the same church Christ set up while on Earth, and because Jesus Christ died to save all of us if we will follow Him, repent and do our best.

How I live my faith

I do my best each day to live what I believe. I continue learning about Christ's Gospel and try to live what I learn to the best of my ability. I served a mission for a year and a half in Riverside, CA. During that time, I paid my own way, with help from my family, to teach people about Jesus Christ and to serve and love them. I volunteered at the California School for the Deaf as part of that. I sacrificed that time away from my family to learn more about Christ and His Gospel, but especially to help other people who were in need physically, spiritually, and emotionally. I have accepted callings in the church and done my best, including music chorister, pianist, full-time missionary (by submitting my own request), congregation missionary, visiting teaching supervisor (a program where women visit each other, develop friendships, and makes sure each others needs are met), as well as being a visiting teacher myself, among other callings. I try my best, and because I'm human, I fall short. Then, I repent, move forward, keep trying, and help others.

What do Mormons believe about family?

We believe that the family is the most sacred unit on Earth. We are on Earth to be tested, become better people and become more like our Savior Jesus Christ. Our Heavenly Father has given us families here on Earth to help us accomplish that purpose. Families are not just for this Earth. They do not have to end at the grave. We can be with our families forever if we do our best and gain eternal life through Christ's Gospel. We may not (and usually don't) have perfect families here, and we may not find a spouse here, but if we do everything we can to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and return to God, everything will work out for us, and we will have an eternal family and happiness. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

It is only in and through our Savior Jesus Christ and His Atonement that we may return to live with our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and our families forever. Christ's Atonement is the only way, however we still have to do our part. By keeping God's commandments and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are witnessing to God and Christ that we accept Christ's Atonement in our lives. The only way for the Atonement to work in our lives is through this obedience to the best of our ability, followed by repentance when we fall short. "Moroni 10: 32 (Book of Mormon) 32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God." If we do our part and obey, the Atonement works in our life and creates grace for us. It is only through Christ's Atonement that this is made possible. Show more Show less