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Hi I'm Elaine

I'm a Mormon. I was raised in Canada, where I also married and raised four children. In middle age, I moved to a warmer climate.

About Me

I am an educator. I have especially loved working with young children. I recently retired, having begun teaching in the public schools 44 years ago. For recreation I enjoy participating in sports, as well as being a spectator at other sporting events. I like reading fictional works, and also studying nonfiction about various topics of interest such as the human brain. I have just undertaken a project to learn to play the violin. I am a mother of four grown children, all successful in their chosen careers. I have a wonderful husband and nine young grandchildren. These people are the most important part of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was born, my family members were active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so I was introduced to its teachings, doctrines, and principles early in life. I was always a successful student, so I eagerly responded to each challenge to learn and memorize stories, scriptures, the Articles of Faith, and to reach the goals that were set for us in our classes. Even though I believed from an early age that Jesus is who He claimed to be -- the Messiah and Savior -- and that Joseph Smith was a prophet, called of God at an early age to restore the fullness of the Gospel to the earth, I have had many precious and sacred experiences throughout my life that have reconfirmed my earliest convictions.

How I live my faith

Whenever opportunities are presented to me to help within the organizations of the Church, I accept and do my best to fulfill the responsibilities and opportunities presented to me. I currently am working with the youth program and teach the 16 and 17 year old girls on Sunday, and then help with their planned activities during the week. I also am assisting those with hearing impairments or other special needs throughout our Stake by making arrangements in meetings for special seating and also for language and American Sign Language interpreting. Outside of my formal church callings, I also try to look for opportunities to comfort and support those I know who have struggles in their lives. Additionally, I have been asked by family and friends for advice about professional and personal problems. I have assisted financially when there have been needs of that sort. In all of these ways I try to live a life of service.