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Hi I'm Elise

I'm a graduate student studying marketing. I'm a thift-store shopper. I'm a adopted child. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married for three years, and it has been an adventure of its own kind! I enjoy being married, although it definitely is not the easy route. We have a Shih-Tzu Maltese (a small white dog with an underbite) who is part of our family as well. I am studying to get my Ph.D. in business; I hope to become a professor at a business school. Right now I teach college students, and I really enjoy them. I grew up in the Mid-West United States with my mom and dad and little sister. We moved a lot when I was growing up, so it's tough to label one place as "home." Any place that has my family is home. I was adopted as a baby, and so was my little sister. Although we may not share genes, we are definitely family. Both my sister and I are sealed to our parents and to each other in the temple, so we will be together for eternity. One woman observed that our family was just meant to be together, and we are so grateful for those people who have made it possible. I am forever grateful to my birth mother, who made the best choice for me by placing me for adoption through LDS Family Services. Because of her brave and selfless choice, I was able to grow up in a home with both a mom and a dad in the LDS faith. I would not be where I am today without her choice. I can only imagine how that must have been, and what many blessings I have received because I am the recipient of both my parents and my birth mother's love.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes sense to me; I feel the truth of the gospel in both my heart and my mind. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. I know the purpose of my life and my place in God's plan. I have perspective beyond the here and now, and am reminded of what is important. I am a Mormon because the gospel works both individually and collectively to save me and my family, and I want to be with them again after death. I am responsible for my standing before God. I can always do better, but I know that I am a daughter of God, and that He loves me. I am a Mormon because I am convinced that there is more to this life than we can see with our physical eyes.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being obedient to God's commandments, by participating in ordinances (like baptism and partaking of the sacrament each week), and by loving and serving others. I teach other women in my congregation once a month: we discuss how we can apply the guidance from the prophets and the scriptures in our lives. I think that is my favorite thing about the Church--we are not governed by the Church, rather we learn principles and govern ourselves in line with the principles taught by the Church. Each individual is able to receive revelation for themselves, and thus we all learn and grow together. I live my faith by being open with others about what I believe, and I really enjoy discussing beliefs with those not of my faith. I have found repeatedly that what we have in common when you get to the heart of faith far outweighs what surface differences we have in religion.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Being a Mormon is not a passive activity--each person is needed because we don't have a paid clergy. Both the burdens and the blessings that come from teaching others are thus shared. Because the Church teaches every member the fundamentals of the gospel, every member is qualified to teach others. True principles are the same everywhere, and everyone who is willing to put in the work can attain the same knowledge had by prophets. Thus, by allowing the 'lay' members of the congregation to teach one another, we are all strengthened. When we teach others, we are given specific resources, which range from a specific topic to a lesson plan. Each teacher, and by definition, each person, can have the Holy Ghost which can help them in adapting the lesson. We grow by sharing testimonies with each other, and by serving each other. Show more Show less