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Hi I'm Ellen

I am a stay-at-home mom, 53, and am married to the man of my dreams. Homemaking within the Gospel is my life. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 6 children and very happily married. I have 2 grandchildren. I live on a small farm where I enjoy raising chickens, a couple of cows and fruit trees. I am trying to learn to garden as well. I love to bottle foods and make cheese. I like to see how many things I can make from scratch that people usually only buy. I like seeing if I can use up every part of what I am cooking and get creative with what I would normally throw away, like making jelly from apple peels, etc. I like to make artisan breads too. I am just an old fashioned homemaker. There aren't many of us left any more it seems. I also love to sew. I could spend all my time at home just being a homemaker, but there are so many other things to do and people to serve. I love to serve other people and see them happy. I was the PTO president the last two years at my children's school. I also spend time serving in the church. Right now I am using my homemaking skills to teach others about food storage and home production. One of my daughters-in-law is deaf and I am taking a sign language class so that I can deepen my communication with her. It is a fun challenge for me and she appreciates my efforts.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first of all, because my parents raised me that way. When I was 14 years old, my father was killed suddenly in a plane crash. I was so sad, but the faith that I was taught as a child about heaven and our purpose in life sustained me. Instead of making me bitter, it made me look forward with faith to seeing my father again and knowing that I would. During that time of adjustment, my father came to me in a poignant dream and comforted me, which helped me turn to the Savior's words about coming to know God and Jesus Christ. Instead of being a devastation, his death became a spiritual awakening to me. I began to actively desire to live a righteous life and learn to understand the promptings of the Holy Ghost. My life has not been all rosy. I have made lots of mistakes, but knowing how to hear the Holy Ghost and how to repent and accept the Savior's atonement has brought me great peace. The Holy Ghost also helped me to wait and look carefully for a husband who would me truly love me, be a good match for me, help me live the gospel and achieve our mutual goals together of raising a family pleasing to God. I am still a Mormon because I can see the fruits of what I am taught. Heavenly Father has kept his promises to me as I keep my promises to Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in my every day life. I talk openly about the gospel to my children, my friends and my neighbors when the opportunity arises. I try to set an example of a believer when I am working at the school, when I am dealing with insurance companies and doctors and when I am under-charged at the grocery store. I seek out music that is uplifting and beautiful. I try to treat my family members with kindness, patience and love. I am not always successful in being patient, but I am quick to ask for forgiveness and never let time pass before I make peace. I serve in the church where I am asked to serve. I work with people that are diverse from me and I don't shy away from challenges. I pray and ask for guidance and inspiration to help me to serve well. I tend to be selfish sometimes and so I have to consider often what my motives are and adjust my actions and words to be Christlike. When I seek Him out, He responds. When I forget to focus on Him, he reminds me gently. He seems happy and patient with me as long as I am progressing, however slowly.