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Hi I'm Elise

I'm a mom, wife, friend. I substitute teach for fun. I love to cook, and I sing in the kitchen. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the mother of four fantastic children who are getting much older than I am comfortable with! They fill my life with joy, chaos, soccer games, ballet recitals, and laughs. My husband is the love of my life and my dearest friend. I'm a certified teacher-- social sciences, French, but have chosen to stay home instead of work full-time. I think I went into teaching because I love learning so much. It has also helped in raising my kids: think motivation, crowd control, and channeling energy. I play the piano and the organ, I love to sing, and I love to dance. I volunteer at school and at church.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family, so I was taught about the church from before I can remember. When I was in high school, I realized that if I was going to continue my dedication to church, I needed to know, without a doubt, that it was what God wanted me to do. I decided I would read the entire Book of Mormon, something I had not done before. If it was truly the word of God, he would let me know. If it was true, then Joseph Smith must have really been a prophet, and the church he organized really was the true church of Jesus Christ. I began to get up earlier every day so I could read the Book of Mormon. Surprisingly, I loved getting up earlier to read, and my days went better when I did. I felt my Heavenly Father's love stronger in my life, and I felt happier than I had before. At the end of the Book of Mormon is a promise from a prophet that if you ask God if it is true, He will tell you by the power of his spirit. And so I asked. As I knelt in prayer I asked if it was true, and the spirit I felt was overwhelming. I knew that the Book of Mormon was truly the word of God. This was truth, this was His church, and I knew I would continue follow that knowledge. Throughout my life I have felt repeated confirmation through the holy spirit that this is Christ's church, that its teachings are true, that Jesus is the Christ and my Savior and Redeemer. I have felt strength from him in times of weakness I have felt comfort and direction from him in times of trial. I have received answers to prayers that did not make sense at the time, but as I followed in faith I realized those answers were for my greatest good. I am a Mormon because I know I have a loving Heavenly Father who has a plan for my happiness. He has given us scriptures to teach us his plan and about our Savior Jesus Christ. He gives us living prophets today to guide us through the confusion of the world. Knowing and living by these truths continues to be an anchor in my life, bringing me safety and joy.

How I live my faith

How one lives one's faith is a very personal thing. I myself simply try to incorporate my beliefs into my everyday life. I believe God is my Heavenly Father and I want to draw close to Him, so I pray. I believe he has given prophets and scriptures to instruct and guide us, so I read scriptures. I try with varying degrees of success to love my neighbor, to serve those in need, and to be a good example of a believer. In our church, with no paid ministry, there is ample opportunity to serve in a congregation. At different times in my adult life I have served as an organist for our congregation, as leader of our choir, as a Sunday School teacher for the adult class, and as the president of our congregation's women's organization. I currently teach a daily seminary class to high-school students.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Elise
 Yes, oh yes! The Bible is Holy Scripture and teaches us the word of God. In Sunday School, we have a four year rotation of curriculum one year we study the Book of Mormon one year we study revelations from modern-day prophets found in the Doctrine and Covenants, as well as the history of our church the next two years are spent studying the Bible--one year for the Old Testament and one year for the New Testament. This same four year rotation is taught to high school students in their four years of seminary. I love studying about Moses and Noah and Gideon, about Esther and Ruth. I love Isaiah's poetic style. All through the Old Testament I see evidence of God's love for his children and his desire to bless them and help them. I love studying the life of our Savior. I love reading his words and his teachings. I gain great strength from the teachings found in the Bible.  Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Elise
Outside of church, we usually hear of a "testimony" from a witness--maybe in a court case, maybe in an investigation. The witness tells what knowledge they have of the incident and it is called their testimony. Inside our church, the meaning is the same. My testimony is what I know is true about the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a witness of Jesus Christ, so I testify of him, of his teachings, of his church. This is my testimony.  Show more Show less