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Hi I'm Elliotte

I live to laugh, I love spending time with my family, I like playing sports, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am Elliotte. I am a college student who is studying to become a Summer Camp Director. I love my family and I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am going to serve an 18 month church mission soon, and I am so excited. I speak passible French, and will soon learn Spanish. I have been blessed with an amazing family, and I am so glad that the Lord sent me to them. I have been playing soccer since I was 3 years old when my Dad signed me up for my first team, I’m not really good, but I love it. I try to be obedient to the Lord in all things even when it seems hard. I hope to someday own a book store since reading is one of my favorite things to do. I love hanging out with my friends and playing ridiculous games. We always end up laughing when we are hanging out. I love my Heavenly Father and I know he loves me, and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I know this church is true. I know that Jesus Christ suffered and died so that each and every one of us could have a remission of our sins and have the ability to return to God one day. I know that families are forever, and even though my Granddad has passed away that he is still related to me and that up in Heaven he is waiting for all of us and that no matter what happens I will always have him. I know that God knows who I am and he loves me. He knows that even when I struggle I still look to him for guidance, he knows how I feel, and he knows what I am going through. He will never stop loving me and he will be there waiting for me with open arms when I return to him someday. I know that Jesus Christ willing gave himself so that everyone on this earth, who has ever lived or ever will live, will have a chance at eternal salvation. I know that the scriptures are messages from God and that they will help and guide me throughout my life. I know that this church is the true church and I know this because of how I feel whenever I say a prayer or read a scripture or even hear a young child bare their testimony of what they know. I love this Church and I am so glad I was given the chance to be part of it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an all-around nice person and by giving what service I can to others. Service doesn't have to be huge; it can be as simple as smiling at someone or giving someone a compliment. I never feel like my day is complete unless i have given a complement to someone. I love to do fun service projects like packaging food or shelters or making hygiene kits with my friends. Service is fun, but it is even more fun with friends. I also like to talk with my friends about what I believe in. My friends are very open minded and we often have very in depth conversations about what we each believe. I like that because, we don't tear each other down and we listen without contradicting one another. I love to make people smile. Everyone has the right to be happy, and who am I to stop them? I like to help people reach their full potential of happiness and even if a simple smile helps them even fractionally then who am I to withhold it? I love service and I love to make people smile, that is how I live my faith.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Elliotte
When our Church was restored back in the 1800's we were called Mormons as an insult because we believed in the Book of Mormon. Over time Mormon has stopped being an insult and become an easily recognizable name for our Church. However our churches real name is, The Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We prefer to go by that name as it was given to us by God, but it is understandable that people call us Mormons. We won't get mad. It is just that when God himself gives a name to something you generally want to call it by its true name. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Elliotte
Well we celebrate most of the same holidays as everyone else, we don't celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanza, but we celebrate Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and any national holidays that other countries have. When it comes to Christmas and Easter, we like to think more about their spiritual significance then Santa and the Easter Bunny, but we still give gifts and hide eggs. When it comes to church dress, we wear our Sunday Best which includes suit pants, dress shoes, white shirts and ties, and sometimes sports coats for men, and for women a dress, or skirt and shirt that are nicer and follow standards of modesty, so they go to your knees, cover your shoulders, front and back. Everyone gets dress up, even little kids, although generally they don't have to wear as nice of Sunday cloths, the little boys may were khaki pants and sweaters, while the girls may were jean jumpers and cute little shirts. We also tend to not wear clothing with distracting pictures or logos on it, as it is the Lords day not a day to show off your Abercrombie shirt. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Elliotte
If you want to know if Mormonism is true, I ask that you read the Book of Mormon. Don't just read it though, read it with an open mind and an honest desire to know if it is true. Read it in a place where you feel at peace and calm. When you have finished reading the Book of Mormon kneel down somewhere private where you won't be disturbed and pray. It doesn't have to be out loud, just start by addressing God and asking him to help you know if the church is true, talk about what you know, how you feel when you read the Book of Mormon or other Scriptures, and so on. Just pour your heart out in that prayer, finally when you come to a close, end your prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. After the prayer just stay where you are and think about how you feel at that moment and what you now know. Then you will know whether this church is true Show more Show less