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Hi I'm Ellen

I grew up in Arizona. I've been a park ranger, a mail carrier, an alpaca breeder and a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I love learning, but did not graduate from college until more than 30 years after I graduated from high school. I am interested in so many different things, it was hard to decide what I wanted to be "when I grew up". I love doing creative things like art, music, and crafts. I love old fashioned things and learning about history--how people lived in the past. I work part time as a substitute teacher in the public schools, and part time helping with activities in a nursing home.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents came from Methodist backgrounds, but were married in the United Brethren church. When they moved across the country, they found that denomination to be very different than the congregation where they had married. They started visiting other churches. Eventually, they were introduced to the Mormon faith by a friend and joined before I was born. So I was raised in the faith, but I have had to find my own testimony. I have visited services of many other Christian churches, but did not feel quite the same spirit in any of them. One summer, when I was a teenager, I attended a summer educational program in a region of the country far from my home. The little town did not have a Latter-day Saint congregation, so I visited a different church each Sunday. Before this, I had pretty much taken my faith for granted. But being unable to attend meetings of my own religion made me realize how important it really was to me and how much I missed meeting with others who believed as I did.

How I live my faith

Both of my jobs provide many opportunities to help people. I try to treat other people as the Savior would treat them. On Sunday, I play the piano for the children's meeting and also teach a small class of children. I enjoy finding fun ways to teach them the Gospel and let them know how much God loves each of them.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

I always try to wear something nice that I can feel comfortable in and not have to worry if my skirt is too short or too tight. I don't feel comfortable wearing pants, even nice ones, to church. Even when I am not at church, I like to wear something that helps me remember that Sunday is a special day. Show more Show less