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Hi I'm Ellen

I love archaeology, skiing, collecting purple cows, doing family history and making homemade pizza. I am a Mormon.

About Me

When I was in college, I studied archaeology and was able to participate in excavations of Maya ruins in Guatemala. I also enjoyed working with the Anasazi ruins in the United States Southwest. While finishing my Masters Degree, I met and married my husband and we raised a family of five children. I decided to spend my time as a full time mother rather than to pursue a full time career. I have never regretted this decision nor the time I spent studying archaeology. I have shared my love for the ancient cultures with my family and was often invited to speak to my children's school classes. Because I live in Utah, I enjoy skiing and my husband enjoys snowboarding. I decided to stay physically fit enough to be able to go skiing on my 60th birthday, a goal that I met last year. Now I have a goal to go skiing on my 70th birthday. I also enjoy hiking, and my family gets together often to hike in the mountains or canyons. I like to do family history and collect information about my ancestors. I have come to love and respect family members who have long since lived on this earth. I especially enjoy stories and pictures of my ancestors and I enjoy sharing them with my living family. Finally, I collect purple cows. This hobby was started when my father brought me a little figurine of a purple cow when I was a little girl. I loved it. After that, I always asked for purple cows for Christmas or birthdays and my collection has grown into the hundreds.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a sixth generation Mormon. My ancestors were among the pioneers that came across the plains. Still, as I grew to be an adult, I came to know for myself that this church was true. Sometimes the world gets hectic and confusing, but when I kneel down and pray to my Heavenly Father, I feel peace and comfort. I know God is listening to my prayers and cares about me. I feel His love. He helps me to be a better person. As I read and study about Jesus Christ, I have come to love Him and I feel so thankful for His example, His life, and especially for His atonement. He can fix the parts of my life that I break. He can heal me when I am unhealthy, either spiritually or physically. He continues to be my help and my strength. I have read the Book of Mormon. The teachings in that book, along with the Bible, have given me guidance and strength as I face everyday life. The Book of Mormon contains the writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent many hundreds of years ago. Those principles are relevant in every era because they are the words of God. They tell of love and faith and forgiveness. The Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ and His mission to save all mankind from sin. Reading the Book of Mormon makes me happy and hopeful.

How I live my faith

One of the blessings of being a Mormon is the chance to serve so many people in so many ways. When my children were small, I was able to teach them about Jesus Christ in children's classes. My husband and I have been among the adult leaders to take young women to girls' camps and young men to Scout camps. I have served in the women's organization to teach principles that make us better women, wives and mothers and daughters. Every month I visit four other women in our church and offer them love and spiritual support. This is very enjoyable for me. Most recently I have learned about finding my family history. I have learned how to use the computer to find my ancestors and I have taught these skills to other people . There is great joy in learning who you are and how you are connected throughout the generations. The Mormon Church also teaches that these family bonds can be perpetuated after we pass from this life. That is why Mormons build temples. Ceremonies are performed in the temples that allow families to be sealed together forever. I enjoy working with family history and then going to the temple to do the work necessary to create these family bonds with my ancestors and with other families who have lived on the earth and have now passed on.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Family relationships can last forever -- not just for this life. Death does not need to be the end of a relationship. Jesus Christ gave power to his disciples to seal families together forever when He said, "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" Matthew 16:19. There are sacred ordinances performed in temples which seal families together. Because of these ordinances, my husband and I can continue our relationship after we pass from this earth. Our children will continue to be our children, and our parents will continue to be our parents. This sealing power helps us to understand the importance of building strong family ties. Show more Show less