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Hi I'm Elena

Wife. Mother. NICU RN. Self-Proclaimed Artist. Foodie. Outdoor Adventurer. Blanket Hoarder. Navigating life one step at a time.

About Me

I come from a large family, who I love dearly. Married to the man of my dreams, and mother to the sweetest soul on earth. I enjoy dancing, being outdoors, drawing, painting, creating, sleeping, eating, and spending time with those I love. Life isn't always easy, but I am blessed with more than I need. I enjoy meeting new people, and learning about their life and what has led them to be the person they are today. Everybody has a story, and each one is special!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents sealed together forever. I have always been a Mormon by "birth", but over the years I have become a Mormon by choice. My conversion to Christ's church has happened little by little over the years. However, when my life changed for the better was about the time I graduated high school. I grew up going to church every Sunday, and always participating in church activities. Towards the end of high school years I didn't really want to do it as much. I think I always believed it was true, but I didn't know it for myself. I didn't have any friends who were members, and that made it harder to be as valiant as I should. I didn't feel like I could related to members, but I also knew that my non-member friends' lifestyles were far from what I wanted. I wasn't really happy. I was just... living. When I moved out on my own, I realized it was going to be up to ME to decide how my life would go from there. I didn't have a mom to wake me up on Sunday, or a dad to take me to church activities. If I wanted to attend church, I needed to get up. If I wanted to grow and progress, I needed to do what was necessary. So I did. I went to church. I stepped way outside of my comfort zone. I took the time to open my mouth and make friends in my singles ward. I distanced myself from those who would bring me down. I filled my time with good things, surrounded myself with good people. I strengthened my will and desire to incorporate the repentance process in my life. I started to work on myself to become the person I wanted to be, that I knew I could be. I felt my Savior's love. I felt the power of the Atonement in my life. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who is aware of me. Life is hard, and I've had to use that repentance process many more times after. I know that Christ will always be there for us, with His arms wide open. No matter what happens in life, we will always have someone who knows how we feel, and what we are going through. Christ lives, and He loves us!

How I live my faith

I look forward to Sundays, it is my favorite day of the week. I enjoy hearing the testimonies of my peers. I enjoy the strength I receive to endure the coming week, with its ups and downs. I enjoy participating and reading from the scriptures and allowing the Spirit to speak to my heart. I try to live my faith by example, because I strongly believe actions speak louder than words. I am naturally a shy person, so to speak to someone I do not know, and to work up a conversation takes effort on my part. I try to go out of my way and get further from my comfort zone so I can be a friend to someone who needs one. Service is the ultimate way to show others we care. When it comes from the heart, it can be lifechanging. I try to be patient, uplifting, and non-judgemental. I am working on slowing down in life, and enjoying the little things, and the special moments in life that can be missed if we are constantly rushing to where we need to go. It is in those moments that I have found the Lord puts opportunities in my way to serve or help those in need. Even if its a smile, opening a door, or giving a hug. I am not perfect by any means, but I love the Gospel. I love my Savior.

Are Mormons Christians?

What is a Christian? A Christian is someone who believes in Christ. Someone who believes Christ. Someone who follows Christ. A Mormon is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As members, we pattern our lives after the example Christ has made for us. We understand that through His atoning sacrifice is the only way we can return to our Father in Heaven. From the Book of Mormon, it says in 2 Nephi 2526, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." Yes, Mormons ARE Christians. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Family is everything. Families are a blessing God has given us- whether by blood or by unity. In my family, there is love, compassion, education and learning, trials and joy. My parents love each other, and they love us. As a mother myself, words cannot describe the love I have for my daughter. I am humbled to be the one she calls "Mom", and the one she looks to for safety, comfort, protection, love, and peace. I have also been blessed to have a wonderful man by my side to be my partner in raising our children, reaching our goals, and establishing our family. We are able to work with the Lord in creating an environment that is conducive to loving, nurturing and teaching the child(ren) we are blessed with. Heaven wouldn't be heaven if my family weren't there with me. Show more Show less