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Hi I'm Elaine.

I'm a homeschooling, adoptive mother of 5. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 36 years old and have been attending the LDS church since I was 5 years old, when my parents were converted. I have been married to my husband, Sean, for 16 years and we have 4 daughters and 1 son. Our first 4 children came to us through the blessing of adoption, and adoption is one of my passions. I love parenting, photography, reading, writing, all-things-outdoors, and learning new things. We are a very active family and we spend much of our free time camping, running, swimming, biking - yes, I am a newbie triathlete - hiking, mountain biking and anything else involving a little bit of exertion. I homeschool my three oldest daughters, and chase the 2 younger ones around.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converted when I was 5. They taught me gospel principles and led with an example that I wanted to follow. When I was baptized at the age of 8, I felt God teaching me about His Truth. That experience has brought me through difficulties and I have spent my life searching for more truth as I understand it. I have studied the Book of Mormon, along with other religious books, and have come to know, for myself, that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, that there are living prophets on the earth today, and that we can draw closer to God through obedience to His laws. The Mormon religion contains the truth I need to return to live with my Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I wake up every day seeking to be the best person I can be. I am far from who I hope to become, but I am trying hard and working diligently on being more like my Savior, Jesus Christ. I love serving my family, friends and my ward congregation. I'm especially passionate about teaching and learning from the youth and children of my community. I teach the 8 to 11 year old girls and the women of my congregation and I am involved in a small local homeschooling group where every parent teaches and adds to the success of the group. I do all of these things because I believe I have something great to offer and that I can make a difference for good in this little part of the world.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Mormons believe that families can be together forever. "The family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children" is one sentence in The Family: A Proclamation to the World. The main purpose of our mortal existence is to create families, and then learn to live in harmony with each other by building upon the teachings of Jesus Christ. Our familial relationships, which, ultimately, extend to all mankind, give us opportunities to become like our Father in Heaven. This is hard, and so we depend on our Savior, and the gift of repentance, to help us as we make changes in our lives and try to overcome our weaknesses. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

We believe that Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary. We are all brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of God, and Jesus is included in that number. He was chosen to come to this earth as the Only Begotten Son of the Father, to live a perfect life, atone for our sins by suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, and then die on the cross. The atonement of Jesus Christ resulted in the assurance of a resurrection to immortality, and the chance of becoming like God and an heir to all that He has. Jesus Christ IS the Son of God, our brother, and the Savior of the World. Show more Show less