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Hi I'm Ellen

I'm your average Mormon girl. I'm a wife, and I am a mom. Somehow, I don't feel average though, because. . . I am a Mormon.

About Me

I worked as a nurse while my husband finished school. We have five children and I love being a mom. I have gone back to school and it's tough juggling a full schedule with working, school and children. My favorite thing to do in life is to help someone. Whether it's a listening ear or physical labor, if I can help someone feel better, I really feel successful. My true joy in life is my family. It's funny, because my family is also my greatest struggle! Having a house full of teenagers can present some pretty interesting situations, and gives truth to the phase, "never a dull moment!" I love being with my husband. I love one on one time with each of my kids. Recently, my daughter who is sixteen, and myself made whole wheat bread together for the first time. I have always been a little embarassed of the fact that I have been a member all my life, and never even tried to make bread before. Our family had inherited a wheat grinder and wheat, both from 1975! Considering our inexperience, and the age of our ingredients, we had our doubts if the bread would turn out. Imagine our joy when the bread came out of the oven and tasted delicious! I will never forget the connection we felt with each other when we had succeeded together. It was just one of those divine moments in life when everything was good! I feel these moments the most, when I am with my family, and we are living gospel principals. This is what brings me joy.

Why I am a Mormon

Some people think I'm a Mormon because my parents and grandparents were Mormon. That helped, but that's not why I'm Mormon now. When I finished college and started working as a nurse at a inner city hospital, I started realizing how living the gospel has protected me from so much heartache. My patients struggled with drugs, alcohol, sexual orientation, violence and a myriad of other challenges. These obstacles had never been a part of my life, and now I was truly seeing, for the first time, the blessings I enjoyed because I was free from these chains. I have always had a testimony of the gospel. However, I have always told myself that if I ever met anyone happier or more at peace with themselves than I am, I would investigate their religion. I'm 43 years old, and so far, I haven't met anyone who is not Mormon, who has more peace and joy and happiness than I do! I feel that Heavenly Father wants us to know two things for certain; who we are and why we are here on earth. When we know that we are His children, and He has a plan for us, we have confidence, courage, and most importantly, direction. My life is certainly not without challenges, but I can face each problem with a sure knowledge that God is helping me learn and grow, and become more like Him.

How I live my faith

I hope I live my faith with my actions every day of my life. I am blessed to be a member of the greatest women's organization on earth! With this membership, I receive assignments to visit the sick and the needy and other women in my neighborhood. I participate in community service projects such as blood drives and clothing the poor. I work with the Boy Scouts of America. I volunteer at my children's schools. I help teach classes and plan activities for the youth in our church. I help organize socials and dinners. My most improtant worship, however, takes place within the walls of my own home. On a daily basis we encourage and participate in personal and family scripture study and prayers. On Monday evenings we gather as a family to enjoy a fun game, a lesson, and sometimes a fun activity such as bowling or a movie. This time together with our children, helps us to reinforce gospel principles such as faith, integrity, and chastity to name a few. We are not perfect in our goals by any means, but thankfully, Heavenly Father blesses us for our efforts! My children are each involved in so many different sports and activities, it is always a challenge to make sure that our family time gets top priority. On Sunday, we attend our church meetings and visit grandparents and cousins. I look foward to my personal study time. I know that as I ponder and ask questions, Heavenly Father will help me find answers and give me peace and assurance. Being a Mormon sure does keep me busy, but I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing!