What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Elna

I'm a Mormon. I like to help others to their find their ancestors! I also love the Savior, family, music and the out of doors.

About Me

I am a professional genealogist. I have been searching for my ancestors for over 30 years. Seemed like a logical profession now that we have an "empty nest". I feel grateful to be able to work at something I love!  I am married to a wonderful man who was converted to the church when he was in college. He and the priesthood bless my life daily! We have 6 children. All but one are now married. I have 15 grandchildren who are the light of my life. I love sewing, designing quilts, and finding my ancestors, and volunteering at three Family History Centers. . The Gospel has been a major factor in the path my life has taken. It has led me into areas that have made my life better and kept me from things the world believes, that do not promote happiness and personal integrity. I will be forever grateful for the knowledge that Christ is my Savior and he loves me, flaws and all. It is good to know that I am a Child of our Heavenly Father who also loves me and answers my prayers.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate enough to have been born into a family that was Mormon. I was taught from early childhood about how important Christ is in our lives. Making mistakes in our lives is a natural part of learning. We all make mistakes. Christ came so that we could learn from those mistakes, repent from them, and continue on the path to return to our Heavenly Father. I had the scriptures, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon to teach me about Christ and his purpose in our lives. These scriptures also gave me principles to live by that have blessed my life. Even though I had these principles I had to find out for myself if what I had been taught was indeed true. I went to many different churches. I studied their beliefs for a couple of years. I fasted and prayed about these things and found no other religion that answered my questions and had all the blessings I enjoyed in the LDS religion. No other could answered the questions I had regarding God and his relationship to me and others on this earth. No other religion was established as Christ had done when He was on the earth. But more than anything else. He answered my prayers. The feelings I had in my heart were that the Mormon Church was His Church. That was nearly 40 years ago. He continues to bless my life and answer my prayers through the gospel. There have been a number of times in my life when severe trials have overtaken myself and my family. Christ has always been there for me. One of the things I learned from these kind of things is that even the prophets, from the Biblical times and those prophets we have today have had severe trials. I tried to tell myself that they were different, had more faith, were stronger. The Lord taught me that they developed that faith and strength because of the way they responded to those trials. If we continue in faith and let the Lord carry our burdens we grow stronger in body, mind, spirit and faith! I am so grateful to be a member of this church!

How I live my faith

I try to be active in the lives of others, in my community, my kids schools, my neighborhood, and my church. I try to be a good example of the principles Christ has given us to live by. I am not always successful but I keep trying as I learn. I read the scriptures and remember my prayers. I assist in projects that help others in my community and world wide. At this time my friend and I are making blankets for the Ronald McDonald house. It has been fun and rewarding. The church gives me many opportunities to be of service. I appreciate especially the ones for the community. We made a playground at a Blind School with special consideration for the blind students such as trees that have a smell so they can tell where they are on the playground. We made an interactive wall that they could play with. We also painted the school for the blind. Those are the kind of things I like to do!