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Hi I'm Eloise

I'm a Brazilian-born American citizen, I'm a wife, mother of 3 little girls, I'ma registered nurse and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Brazil, in a very poor family. My mother joined the church when I was 7 years old. She had three children, ages 10, 7, and 4, and was looking for a religion in which to raise her family. My father was not interested in the church and never joined. When I was 21 years old I volunteered to serve as a missionary for the church for 18 months. I received the assignment to serve in Salt Lake City, Utah, right in the heart of church headquarters. It was a life-changing experience for me. After my mission I went to college at BYU-Idaho, which is a church-owned university. There I met my husband, we got married, I got a degree in nursing and he got a degree in Mechanical Engineering. We have 3 daughters, born in 2008, 2009, and 2011. We currently live in Phoenix AZ, where my husband got his first job out of college.

Why I am a Mormon

I have decided to continue to go to church as an adult because I feel that it is the right way to live my life. The church has been a guide in every stage of my life. As a teenager and young adult, it helped me make good choices for my life. It encouraged education and growth, and it continues to do so. As a young wife and mother, the teachings of the church help me in my relationship with my spouse, the rearing of children, and homemaking. It helps me in very practical aspects of life such as financial decisions, cooking, cleaning, home organizing, physical and emotional health, helping the community, education, employment, etc. The church is concerned about every aspect of its members' lives, not only the spiritual. There's really something for everyone.

How I live my faith

The church has something to offer to everyone and everyone has something to offer the church! I love that in our church we have unpaid, lay clergy. Our ecclesiastical leaders are people like us, who have families and jobs, and devote their time to serve in the church. I particularly like the woman's organization of the church, that offers classes and an opportunity for women to come together and learn and socialize. Besides the gospel we have lessons on nutrition, homemaking, arts and crafts, service, etc. We have a home-visiting program, in which members formally visit each other and tend to both physical and spiritual needs. In this way everyone is taken care of, and this goes beyond regular Sunday worship. This is how the local leaders are aware of what's going on in the members' lives, and are able to help. For example, when I had my third baby, we were far away from family, but members in the congregation united to help us out, bringing in meals and taking care of my younger daughters, while I recovered. And every time someone is moving in or out, lots of people show up to help with the move. We are also encouraged to live the gospel in our homes and teach our family. We read the scriptures to our kids, sing songs, pray, etc. I love music, and music is a very important part of our worship, at church and at home. I play the organ in my local congregation.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Eloise
Yes, Jesus Christ is the son of God, the Savior of the world. He was born of Mary in Bethlehem, just as the holy scriptures tell. He lived a perfect life, and was killed on the cross to pay the price for our sins. All we do in the church is to help us learn about Jesus and follow His commandments. We believe if we live a good and righteous life we will live with Jesus in paradise after this life. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Eloise
The temple is the House of the Lord, and as such it is foremost a place of learning. We learn about the creation and the purpose of life. We make covenants to keep the commandments and be faithful to the Lord. We have wedding ceremonies (called "sealings" because we believe the couple is united for time and all eternity, "sealed" together). The temple is a place of peace and contemplation, I to to the temple when I feel the need to reconnect with God and be close to Him! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Eloise
We are saved by grace because Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins. His grace is extended to everyone who will believe in Him. But He does not impose Himself on anyone, we must choose to accept Him. Those who do not believe in Him and do not accept Him as their Savior exclude themselves from His grace. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6), He invites all to come unto Him and the way to come unto Him is by following His commandments. He said "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). If we choose not to follow Jesus, we are turning our backs on Him, so to speak, and walking away from His grace. Show more Show less