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Hi I'm Elise Peterson

I'm a wife and a mom to two awesome boys and a baby girl on the way. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and a mother. My husband is a veternarian and we have to two little boys and a baby girl on the way! We love animals in our house of course and enjoy doing things as a family. I love cooking, traveling to new places, painting in my spare time, reading, and watching my kids learn new things. My kids love soccer, swimming, and visiting grandma and grandpa's house. My husband loves the hiking and snowboarding and playing any kind of sport. One goal I have is I would like go back to school now that my husband is done with his schooling. I'm interested in dental hygiene or becoming an ultrasound technician, but no decision has been made as of yet. I'm also a part of a community Christian women's group called Moms Of Preschoolers. My kids get to play and I get to visit with other young moms in my same situation. I love being with members of our church and doing activities with the sisters in our Relief Society and inviting friends to come with!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church my whole life but my conversion to the church has been a gradual process. I always loved going to church as a little girl and learning about Jesus, but as I got older I really started to understand that God knew me and loved me. As I went to seminary in High School and studied the scriptures, including the Book of Mormon, I found answers to my questions and any problems that I encountered. I always knew the story of Joseph Smith and appreciated all he did, but I wanted to know for myself that he really did see God the Father and his son Jesus Christ and that this church was the true church. I prayed several times to my Father in Heaven asking to know the truth and as I continued to study, I gained a sure knowledge that I was exactly where I needed to be and that this the Lords true church and gospel restored to the earth for us today. As the years have passed and I've married and have children I realize even more now how important it is that my kids find learn for themselves. I know that through this gospel I can be with my family not just in this life but for eternity. I'm so grateful that I was raised in the church, but I'm even more grateful that I could take what I've learned throughout my childhood and learn the truth of these things for myself. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior that he loves me. I know that because he died for us, we can return to live with our Father in Heaven again. I know that if we will turn to Christ and do our very best to follow his example through this gospel, we will find a happiness we never could have imagined.

How I live my faith

I do my best every day to live my faith and improve. In my ward I am currently working as a ward missionary. I help the full time missionaries in our area to find people that are interested in the church. I also help those who are already members, but have not been to church in a while get to know the ward members and re-evaluate what they need to do become active in the church again. I love this calling that I have and being able to share my testimony with others helps remind me how blessed we are to have the gospel. I've also served in the nursery teaching the 18 month-3year old children about Jesus and I'm currently on the activities committee for our Relief Society. We plan activities every other month for the sisters in the ward to learn new skills, visit and build each other's testimonies. I also am an Visiting Teacher. Each month I go with another sisters in my ward and we visit 4 other sisters and share a message with them. We also help them and they're families any way we can and look out for each other. One thing I love about our church is no one is paid for their service, it is all voluntary. One thing we do as part of our Sunday service is our bishop calls on different ward members to speak in our service on a gospel topic each week to the rest of the congregation. I have done this since I was young and I love it. It gives me the opportunity to share what I know and my experiences that I've had in living this gospel. I also do my best to take some personal time everyday to read my scriptures and pray to my Father in Heaven. This helps me create a close relationship with Him and stay focused on where I need to be. We also do scripture reading and prayer as a family and take one night a week and have a Family Night. My kids love this! Sometimes we'll talk about prayer, the temple, getting baptized or other gospel topics, or we will just set aside that time to do something fun as a family. I know that by doing these things I draw closer to Jesus Christ.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Elise Peterson
We believe that being prepared for potential emergencies helps us to become self-reliant. Now an emergency could be anything from job-loss and needing to support a family to a natural disaster in the area. We are encouraged by our church leaders to have a year supply of food and other necessities for our families so that we when these emergencies arise, we will be prepared to not only help ourselves, but to help others. We are also encouraged to stay out of debt where possible, to save money for times of need and to live within our means. There are a lot of uncertainties with our economy and natural disasters have hit many around the world. We try to be prepared and self-reliant so that we can help others when they need it most. Show more Show less