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Hi I'm Elisa

I am a dancer, I love the ocean, I am both calm and lively, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a junior in college studying dance education. I enjoy doing a variety of dance styles including postmodern contemporary, jazz, urban, ballroom, and Latin styles. One day I hope to travel the world to discover new dance styles and cultures. I love swimming and going to the beach as often as I can. One of my passions is music, I listen to all types, constantly search for new stuff and especially love live concerts. I work at a community center and hope to develop that with my dance career to teach in a variety of school, community, and athletic settings.

Why I am a Mormon

My journey started in a devoted Catholic home, strong in my faith and always curious about the love of God and my relationship with Him. My curiosity grew in the fall of 2009 as I started talking about religion with a church member I had known for years and I found that I would either agree or was being drawn to everything he would say. In December of that year I began praying and struggling with the idea to learn more and read the Book of Mormon. I was scared because of family relationships, knowing how extremely Catholic they are through many generations of tradition. Despite everything going through my head and how terrified it was making me, I felt a need to at least learn and understand. It was a personal desire to know more about God, to grow closer to Him and an attempt to learn more about possibilities in my life. I made my decision and started reading the Book of Mormon that following January. I realize how I focused a lot on two things throughout the process. Family and love; the two most important things to me in many ways. I know that the attention and desire I placed with family and love definitely helped lead me to the church because it is such a great example of what those words mean. I never felt like I was giving up my existing faith; I was building on it and becoming closer to God, understanding things I never knew or doubted. For months I prayed about baptism. I knew it was what God wanted of me it was just a matter of when He, my Heavenly Father would tell me I was truly ready. I felt the need to continue the journey of preparation with struggles to work on, changes to make in my life, and gaining or rather recognizing my own testimony. In April, 2011 I was baptized into the church. It was one of the happiest days of my life and I know it has been a huge blessing and made me a better person. What made it so great was not only to think about getting baptized and receiving the Holy Ghost but recognizing the new beginning of something amazing.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to learn from each daily experience to become a better person and effect those around me. I know I am far from perfect but with every struggle I have I am thankful I can turn to Christ in so many ways for guidance and support. I try to recognize all the blessings in my life and how I can use them to be what Heavenly Father wants me to be as a dancer, woman, or any other aspect of my life. I recently became involved with the activities committee of the church to help build community among the women around my age. I hope to use those experiences to strengthen my faith and testimony as well as appreciating the opportunity to serve others and grow as a person. I love dance and I love my faith. I use both in everything I experience in the journey of my life because it helps make me who I am meant to be. My faith doesn't guarantee that I won't have trials or fail at times, but it does guarantee that I am not alone when those things do occur, and that I can keep striving for better. “The journey between who you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place.” - Barbara De Angelis