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Hi I'm Elise.

I'm a Californian. I'm a writer. I'm a roadtrip enthusiast. I'm a daughter, sister, friend, and child of God. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I study Creative Writing and French in Southern California, where I was born and raised. I love socializing and trying new things, whether it be food, music, etc. I work with a nonprofit after-school program to teach children how to read and perform Shakespeare. I have two younger brothers- one of whom is in the Army, the other who loves graffiti art. I teach violin as well as nanny four children throughout the week who I love being with. I love running every morning, but I also enjoy swing dancing and hiking when I have the time. My favorite place is the beach during the summer. I enjoy watching sports- I follow gymnastics and basketball closely. I have a passion for road tripping, which I do often. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was the best experience of my life and I grew to love the South. My mother is Korean, so I also have a love for asian culture and cuisine. I love making goals and achieving them, even in little things.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was nineteen, I moved out of my parents house, started working full-time, and tried to set up a life on my own. I became apathetic about what I had been taught about Jesus Christ. After a dead-end job and experiences that left me empty emotionally, I moved back home and took back the job I'd had before. Feeling like I'd taken a step backwards, my mother took me to church one Sunday and I felt so much peace there. I hadn't attended in a long time and I resolved that I should learn if what my church said was true. This decision made, I read The Book of Mormon every morning. One day it was pouring rain and I was exhausted, but I as I was reading, a scripture about Jesus Christ and His love caught my eye. As I read it, I had this overwhelming feeling in my heart. I was shocked- I knew it was true! I realized that I had some changes to make. I made those changes and served a mission for a year and a half, trying to help others feel the same peace I had as a result of coming to know my Savior. While I have had difficulties and joys along the way, there has always been the constant knowledge that my Savior lives, who is so much closer and tangible than we think. I know we have a Heavenly Father who loves us. They are with us in every struggle and joy. I know I'm a child of God. I know I'm His daughter and that He listens to me when I pray and seek for His help. This knowledge is the most precious thing I own, it gives me strength when I feel like I have none.

How I live my faith

In the Church, being a passive observer is difficult. Rather, I feel so much better about my convictions when I live what I claim to be, rather than just say it. This manifests itself in a myriad of ways. I teach a class at my local congregation on Sundays, which instructs students on the meanings and principles found in the scriptures. I love this responsibility, everyone get's involved and it's a great place for questions and concerns people may have developed in reading the scriptures or in coming to church. I also am a representative for the county I live in for the college-age individuals in my area. I meet in a committee once a month and plan activities and opportunities for those my age to meet, socialize, and learn about gospel topics outside of the regular Sunday meetings. This will include planning activities such as guest speakers, dances, or service projects in the community. Additionally, every girl over eighteen in the Church is connected to two women in her congregation with whom she visits and speaks with once a month to make sure they're being watched over and taken care of if something goes wrong. I have been involved with program for eight years, and it's led to some incredible friendships and experiences.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Families are at the center of what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe. In my personal life, I have found that my own family, while comprised of people who aren't perfect, is the perfect family for me. The knowledge that families can be together forever beyond death is such a motivating factor, because it allows me to know that I can find strength and solidarity in the relationships I make with them now while in mortality. Mormons feel that the basic foundation of society is the family and and in so many ways this is true. Whether its the family we're born into, or the family we make for ourselves, family centers us and reminds us of what is most important about life. We are all a part of God's eternal family, we're each His children. Mormons feel that the love we demonstrate in our families here shows our love for Him, and that the families we have shows His love for us in allowing us the chance to be with them forever. Show more Show less