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Hi I'm Elsie Nielson McCleery

I'm a Mormon, born in Delta Utah. Serving a mission in Spokane Valley, WA for 18 months in the LDS Employment office.

About Me

I was a wife for 37 years. My husband passed away in 2001. He was a convert and lived his religion and had a great Testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. We had 5 children and I am a grandmother of 11 grandchildren aging from 5 to 21. My oldest granddaughter is getting ready to serve a mission. I was lost when my husband passed away and realized that I became single, again. After 2 years I began to go to the single functions and I found people that understood because some had gone through what I had gone through, loosing a spouse. I love to be around people that I can talk about my religion, members and nonmembers. I enjoy the opportunities that I have and the blessings of keeping my covants and devoting time to the church. Never turn down a calling! You will find that the callings will strengthen your Testimony in Christ and the Prophet and in the scriptures. I have had great experiences and blessings by serving in different callings callings. You have to be open to the Spirit in all callings.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by inactive parents but I have 1 older sister that took me to primary. My parents moved many times. I seem to find friends no matter where we moved. I liked church and the feeling I got from going and participating in the church. Some of my friends had inactive parents like I did so we became very good friends. Other friends had active friends and they were fun to be around, so they made us feel as though we belonged. As young teens, we all went to church together and sat by each other and supported each other. I felt great when I went to church. When I was of dating age, I dated returned missionaries and liked being around friends that I had something in common with. I was with my Mormon friends when I met my husband who was NOT Mormon, But he had Mormon friends and knew about the church. When we discussed marriage, I told him that I would not have 2 religions in my home. So, I went to his church and he came to mine. He found more answers at mine than I did at his. He was baptized 2 months before we were married by a Bishop. We took the Temple class and went to the Temple on our 1st anniversary. I find much happiness in the LDS church and that is why I am a Mormon. There are many activities in the LDS church that each of the members or non-members can attend to find friends no matter where they are in your life. The Church and the Gospel is the same no matter where you are attending church in an LDS ward. You can feel right at home and will be very welcome.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to church, partaking of the sacrament to renew my baptism covenants. I pay my tithing and keep a current Temple Recommend with me at all times. I feel that I need the blessings that I get from paying my tithing, studying the scriptures by myself and with the help of the teachers in our classes at church. I understand so much more being in a class with discussion and Reading the scriptures with a class. Our prophet and apostles still study the scriptures and are still learning. If they still study, we also should study and follow their example. I love to go in the Temple and to learn more of what we must do on this earth to meet our Heavenly Father when we die. And It is so comforting to know where we came from and to know why we are here. And so comforting to know that we will be with our families once again and to meet those people that we have done their Temple work for on this earth because they didn't get the chance to do it for themselves. I have learned so much teaching in Primary and Sunday School and Relief Society. The teacher always learns more that the students and I truly believe that I have.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Elsie Nielson McCleery
Mormons believe that we came from the spirit world to earth to gain a body. When my husband died, I was asked if I was angry with God for taking him. I was not angry. He died right after September 11, 2001. There were many people that died, also. We were both Stake Missionaries at the time and I knew that he was taken because he was very well versed in the Gospel and the God knew that I would be okay without him for a time. All those people needed to be taught the Gospel so they could progress. I feel that he was an exceptional individual and he knew that he was needed and that I would be with him again when my life on earth is completed. I still have a mission to serve and Temple work to do. When we die, it is not the end. At some point, our spirit and body will be united and never be separated again. This is called resurrection just at Jesus Christ was resurrected. Show more Show less