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Hi I'm ellie

I'm a former cowgirl, a current Mommee, a little bit of a hippie, a closet democrat, a wanna-be farmer, and ... I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 30 year old crunchy mom of two boys with one more on the way. My husband is a Mechanical Engineering Student and I'm lucky enough to get to stay home and play with my boys. I'm into all the normal hippie-mom sort of stuff ... gardening, canning, creating, repurposing, hiking, camping, natural birth, natural health, and natural parenting. I'm ridiculously cheap and LOVE finding a bargain. I'm also a major chocoholic. Someday when my kids are older I'd like to go back to school and become a nurse midwife. I hope to be able to help women in developing countries bring their babies into the world safely.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 13 I decided that if God was real then I needed to figure out what that meant; what His plan was for us, and what I needed to do about it. I was always looking at religions and churches, reading the Bible, listening to televangelists, and praying to know what was right. But it seemed like the more I learned, the more questions I had. Like: how could a loving God send millions of people to hell who had never even heard the name of Jesus Christ? If they never had the chance to be "saved," how is that fair? In high school I had lots of Mormon friends. I liked hanging out with them because, of all my Christian friends, THEY seemed to be the ones that actually followed through and LIVED what they believed. Then someone gave me a book that said all sorts of crazy things about what Mormons "really" believed. After reading it I was really worried for them. How could they believe in this weird religion? When I was 17 I started attending bible study classes at a Seventh Day Adventist church. I learned a lot. So much of their teachings made sense and could be backed up with the Bible. I thought maybe I'd finally found the true church I was looking for; one completely based on the word of God. But when it came time to make the decision to be baptized, I just felt sad and disappointed. I'd prayed so hard and searched for so long for the truth. Now that it seemed like I'd found it, it made sense in my head, but didn't feel good in my heart. I wasn't happy. Then I started reading, "A Marvelous Work and a Wonder" by LeGrand Richards. It laid out all the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All of a sudden everything made sense. It was like pieces of a puzzle all falling into place. All these questions I'd been hanging on to for years were finally being answered one after the other. I felt excited and happy. By the time I was done with the book, I knew this was what I'd been looking for all those years; the true church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I was baptized when I was 18, served a mission when I was 21, and at 23 I married my high school sweetheart for eternity in one of the Lord's temples. It makes me SO happy to know that my family will be together forever. Growing up, I never could've imagined the happiness I'd have in my future. I didn't know that a marriage and a family could be so happy; I'd never seen it before. I know that I owe all of that to following the teachings of Jesus Christ that I've learned by being a member of His church. Since I searched for the true church for so long, the least I can do is show up every Sunday, right? In our church there is no paid clergy. That means we don't have a preacher that teaches us every Sunday. We all teach each other. We each have "callings" or jobs to do at church. Right now my husband is the president of the men's organization and I'm in the presidency of the young women's organization. I teach the teenage girls each Sunday and plan activities for them each Wednesday. I can see that as they learn about and choose to live the gospel it strengthens them and helps them know how valuable they are. It gives them the self esteem they need to never compromise their integrity. And they know that if and when they make mistakes they have a loving Father in Heaven ready to forgive them and help them try again. On Sundays our family goes to Sacrament Meeting (or worship service) together. Then we each go to our own classes. My children love going to church and I'm so happy they're growing up with the knowledge that they have a Heavenly Father who loves them and has a plan for them. During the week we make an effort to read the scriptures and have prayers together as a family and also individually. I'm thankful for all the ways my relationship with Heavenly Father has helped me through all the trials in our daily lives (big and small!) One night a week we have Family Home Evening. It's a night that my kids can count on that we'll do something special together.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

One of the things that I noticed when I first started attending church with my Mormon friends was that it seemed like women were almost put on a pedestal! I'd never seen men that seemed to love their wives so much! All the teachings of the church taught that womanhood and motherhood were sacred and honorable. I really liked it! Now that I'm a Mormon woman myself, I can say for certain that Yes, we absolutely believe in the equality of men and women. I feel like women who understand the gospel have a sort of confidence that can't come from anywhere else. We know that our lives and everthing we do has eternal importance. We can take pride and joy in our femininity, in our natural nurturing qualities and communication skills, our innate compassion, problem solving, and resourcefulness. We know for those of us who are fortunate enough to be mothers, we are never "just" mothers. We know that we are doing something honorable and important by raising our children. I know that without the teachings of the Church I would not have the confidence in myself that I do. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Nope. We are encouraged to vote and be active in helping our community be its best, but there is definitely no official political party of the church. Mitt Romney is a Mormon and he's a Republican, but Harry Reid is a Mormon, too, and he's a democrat. I'm a democrat, but I have lots of friends who are members of the church that are republican. As we read the scriptures and learn the gospel, we do our best to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ in our own lives. There are good things in all the political parties, so we might all see different things that we feel are right. It's our job to study the issues, study what the Lord has said, and pray that we can make a decision that upholds what each of us value in our lives and for the country we live in. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

The priesthood is the power to act in God's name. It's the power that Jesus used when he healed the sick and performed miracles. When he was on the earth, Jesus gave this same priesthood power to his apostles. The whole purpose of it is to help other people. You can't use the priesthood to help yourself, you can only use it to help others. As women, we are naturally more compassionate and nurturing and willing to sacrifice to help others. We don't need the priesthood. The priesthood is a duty and a responsibility. I've seen how it can make men better. They reach out to bless and help others. Women make sacrifices to help others every day. Mothers are perfect examples of that. Think of all the sacrifices a woman makes just to bring a child into the world, let alone to care for it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I don't think I need another duty and responsibility like the priesthood hanging over my head thank you very much! But I'm glad that my husband holds the priesthood. I've seen how it blesses our family and how it's made him a better man, and I'm thankful for it. Show more Show less