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Hi I'm Elina

I am an ordinary woman, but one full of vim and vigor!

About Me

Growing up in a broken home and a short stint in foster care as a very young child had not been easy. I found refuge in reading; and when I was a pre-teen, I read the book Cheaper by the Dozen. I knew then that more than anything I wanted to marry a great man and have a dozen children. I even imagined what my home would be like! Much of that dream came true--I married an amazing man, have had five children, and the simple home that we live in is everything I could want—it’s filled with love! When we had children, I followed the words of our prophet and quit a terrific job so that I could care for our children at home. Since my income was necessary, I became a state-licensed family home day care provider. Those were amazing and wonderful years, and I have never regretted that decision. College was not an option for me when I was young. In the mid-1980s, I began to go to college. I was in my mid thirties. I went to college part time while I worked full time, took care of my family, and participated in many different church callings.It took me thirty years to graduate with a bachelors degree (with highest honors)! I love music, sewing, reading, and exercising. I have been blessed with many talents, but I think my strongest talent is writing. I have written my autobiography, an immigration history of our family, biographies of our children, and stories for young children. My goal is to write more stories for grade-school children and to illustrate them.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith in God and Jesus Christ was always very strong. I always knew that they existed; I don’t know how I knew…I just always knew. I was 35 years old when we were baptized, and even though I had attended many other churches before then, none seemed to give me the insight and understanding of Heavenly, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Ghost that I needed. My testimony grew slowly, line upon line and precept upon precept as I served in many different callings, read my scriptures, prayed, attended sacrament meetings every Sunday, and served in the temple. I have had many wonderful experiences that have strengthened my testimony throughout the years. I know that God lives. I know that Jesus Christ is His son. How? I know because I feel it in my heart. Trying to describe it is like trying to describe the taste of salt—it’s hard to do that, but I know that food tastes better when you add it! Life is better with our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost in it! My first testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel was genealogy. I always wanted to know about my extended family; but because both of my parents were born in Finland and almost none of our relatives lived here in the United States, I didn't know much about them. My testimony has grown throughout the years as I have searched for and worked on our family history. I have never wavered in my faith and know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored church of Jesus Christ upon this earth. I have learned, grown, and become a better person because of my membership in this church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily by caring for and loving others. I strive to bring happiness to those around me in many little ways. I pray for people that I don’t know such as the “road rage” guy that I had encountered years ago. I still pray for him off and on! When we were first baptized, our daughter came up with the idea of singing the Primary song “Love One Another” every morning before breakfast. She thought that this would bring peace and harmony to our home but also thought that this activity it would last for a week or two. Actually, it lasted for many, many years! And it did bring peace and harmony to our home! I have served in many different callings in church; I have worked with very small children, teenagers, and adults. I taught and led and learned from these callings, and they have strengthened my faith. I love visiting teaching and have made friends with people I would never have known if it wasn't for that calling.