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Hi I'm Elise

I was a college athlete. I am a mother and pediatric physical therapist because I love helping children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California. I love bodysurfing and searching for shells along the beach. At the age of 5, I began swimming competitively and recently reached my goal of swimming for four years on the collegiate level. I also love music, and participated in band and choral groups throughout high school and college. I play the piano, organ, and alto saxophone. My freshman year of college, I met the man that I would eventually marry. We dated for over a year before he left to serve a mission for the church. We wrote letters over those two years, and actually grew emotionally closer through that experience. In that time away from him, I was the captain of the swim team for two years and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, with a minor in music. I went on to graduate with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and moved half way across the country for my husband's work. Shortly after, we were blessed with a beautiful baby boy. Currently I work a few hours a week as an Early Intervention Physical therapist, and spend the rest of the time raising my son.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom and dad were both converts to the church and took us to church every Sunday. I cannot remember when I first gained a knowledge for myself of the truthfulness of the gospel, but in my teenage years, I know I made conscious decisions that would change my life. I came to understand that the principles of the gospel were true and that by following the counsel of the scriptures, modern prophets, and my parents, that my life would ultimately be filled with happiness instead of heartache and disappointment. Difficult situations still confront me, but with the knowledge that I have a Heavenly Father that loves me, that Jesus Christ suffered and died not only to wash away my sins, but to experience every emotion I could be feeling, I know that I am not alone in this life, and that I can rely on Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost to comfort me and help me along. I know that our modern prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, is called of God, to give us the guidance that we need in the confusion of the modern world. I know that families are ordained of God, and that I can be with my family forever, in this life and the next, if we strive together to live the commandments of God. I love my Savior and I am happy.

How I live my faith

Everyday, I try to read from the scriptures. Right now, my husband and I are studying the Book of Mormon together each night. I pray to God for guidance and for the Spirit of the Lord to be with me always, everyday. My husband and I attend church, where he is a financial clerk and I work with the young women ages 12-18. I try to recognize the hand of the Lord in my life and the amazing blessings he has given me. I attend the temple at least once a month to worship and learn. Lastly, I strive to be my best self, and obey the commandments that have been set forth to follow.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

The husband and wife in the family are equal partners in all decisions and in the workings of the family. The husband is generally responsible to provide for the family through working and earning a living. The wife is generally responsible for the nurturing and teaching of the children of the family. I believe that these are roles for which men and women have been blessed with unique attributes to make us good at our individual roles. However, not all families in the church are structured this way. Due to economic circumstances, many wives work outside of the home to help provide for the family. I, personally, decided to continue my education so that I can help contribute to the family financially at times throughout my life. Show more Show less