Hi I'm Elaine
I am a wife, a mother, a student. I am a daughter of God. I'm a Mormon.
I moved out of my mothers house at 17. I married my best friend and love of my life when I was 18 (Dec '08). A few months later I was pregnant (now 19). I gave birth to a wonderful baby girl who has been a true blessing in my life shortly after turning 20. I attended college while going to high school and was able to graduate from high school a semester early (Dec '07). I continued my education at the local college and earned my Associate of Arts Degree (because of the Spanish credits I earned from the A.P. exam in high school) the following year (Dec '08) just before getting married. I took a year and a half break from college to have a baby and figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I have recently started school again at the same college and am majoring in Accounting. I am a stay-at-home mom, house wife, and student. However, that does not mean that I do not get out of the house. I go to the gym three times a week and donate plasma twice a week, so I am out of the house once a day (besides school) which provides some good "me" time. I did choose to stay home rather than go to work and I do love it, but it is not something I want to do while my daughter is in school. I want to be able to have a career and work outside of the home, but I want to be home with my daughter during her early years. My husband and I are not a couple interested in have a lot of children. We love our daughter with all our hearts, but we are very happy with just one child. That does not say that we may never have more children, but we are not planning to have more children anytime soon, if at all.
Why I am a Mormon
Growing up I was exposed to both Catholic and Mormon beliefs through family and friends (respectively). I would not have guessed that I would become Mormon, I even said a couple times that it would NEVER happen. Well, never say never right? The thing is, I was Catholic because I was born into it. I had a hard time understanding and even believing some of the things I was learning in Sunday school and through my mother. However, when I would sit in on family home evening with my friend's families or even ask their parents questions about things that I didn't quite understand, all of the lessons and answers just made sense and followed what I believed my Lord and Heavenly Father would want for his children (before earth, here on earth, and after). Of course when I mentioned this to my mother it would upset her, and I would get in trouble. She would push her religion on me even harder, which would result in pushing me away from it even more. When I moved out of her house I went through a rebellious stage, but with in a few months I knew, without a doubt, where I needed to be. I already new the doctrines, I just need to start living them. Some of the steps were not as easy as others, but they were all doable and very much worth it!
How I live my faith
My husband and I are family history consultants. Specifically related to indexing. Indexing is an online system used to extract data from valuable records and provide free searchable indexes that accessible to everyone (not just members) for genealogy research —all from the convenience of your home. It is done by volunteers from around the world. I absolutely love indexing! It is a fun past time that also feels productive. I try to spend half an hour a day indexing (while my daughter is napping), by doing this I am able to submit over 500 names in a week. Imagen how many names could be indexed if everyone indexed just one hour a week!! If you would like to participate in the indexing program please go to indexing.familysearch.org you do not have to be Mormon to use this program. If you are not sure about using the program you can take a "test drive" (found at the site mentioned). I encourage you to try the full version for yourself and let me know how it goes! :D