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Hi I'm Elias

I'm a husband, a father, a grandfather, an advertising/marketing professional, make the best homemade pancakes and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy my work as an advertising/marketing professional, it allows me the opportunity to interact with business professionals, make presentations and provide growth to businesses. I love to work with people and especially enjoy assisting others achieve their goals. Although I enjoy my business there is nothing that compares to my role as a husband and father. My family provides me with the joy I truly find in life. We have always worked together to have a unity and closeness that provides meaning and a place of acceptance centered in Christ like love. My interests and hobbies are centered on things I can do with my family, we enjoy fishing, camping, hiking, soccer, basketball, exercise, going to the movies, the rodeo and other family activities. I have found joy and success as a parent, because of my family's united devotion to the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also find happiness in providing meaningful service to my family and others. I enjoy giving service. Providing meaningful service to others, allows me to know who I am and how I can be an instrument for good in the lives of others. Including my family in service allows us to open our hearts to others with kindness and sensitivity. One of my favorite things to do is to make a gourmet pancake breakfast, on Saturday mornings, for my family. I could not see heaven as heaven without my family being there. I am grateful to know that a loving Heavenly Father has a plan for eternal families.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in a home with loving God fearing parents, they were not perfect by any means, but were perfect in their love for their children and for each other. They strived to live by example, not an example of perfection, but an example of faith in a loving Father in heaven that sent His only begotten son to earth to be my personal Savior through the power of His atonement. Their example of love toward me and my siblings and to others, settled in my heart with a desire to understand their teachings. My parents established family traditions of having dinner together, daily prayer, daily scripture study and weekly family activities, known as family home evening. These traditions provided me with deep affection for my parents and siblings. Although challenged by the free thinking of the 60's and 70's I strived to do what was right. At age 18 I found a deep personal need to know for myself if the religious teachings of my parents were for me. I had heard them speak of prayer as the way to ask God if something was right or true. They taught me God would answer sincere prayers. So I put prayer to the test. I wanted to know if the Book Of Mormon was the word of God, just like the Bible, as another testament of Jesus Christ. In the summer of 1977 I read, pondered and prayed for months while reading the Book Of Mormon. My testimony is, the Lord in His loving way to me, sent an assurance to my heart and mind that could only have been from Him through His Spirit that the Book Of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and that Joseph Smith was the prophet of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ upon the earth. My life changed that night. I had a desire for God's children to feel the love and joy that comes through the truths of the restored gospel. I served as a missionary in Guatemala. The sacrifices and spiritual experiences I have had in serving in His Church has continued to provide spiritual witnesses of the truthfulness of His gospel.

How I live my faith

My Faith is a way of life. I have made a covenant to love my God and His children and to serve them all the days of my life. My faith provides me with a compass, which is directed by priesthood authority, the same priesthood authority that was given to the Apostles during Christ ministry. Faith in His priesthood allows me to serve, even though, I may of myself, seem incapable or inexperienced. Knowing I posses the holy priesthood humbles me and provides guidance in having integrity and honor as a husband, father and business man. I have been called to serve in many leadership capacities, not because I sought them, but because the Lord through His servants has asked me to serve. A great prophet from the Book Of Mormon once said, "When you are in the service of your fellowman you are only in the service of your God." I have served as a congregational leader, youth leader, missionary, Home Teacher and Sunday School President. I am humbled to have the responsibility of caring for the spiritual and temporal well being of God's children. I fall short every day of the perfection the Lord expects of all His children, but I realize that spiritual growth comes from sacrifice and service to family and others. As I strive to serve my family and others I find personal growth and strength in things that are spiritual and temporal. This allows me to see things as they really are, in an eternal perspective. There is true joy and happiness in this mortal existence and they come through the relationships we develop through Christ like service and love. I also serve my community as a volunteer on community boards such as the Latin American Resources And Services Agency, my children's high school and as a plasma donor. Gospel principles, taught and lived in my faith, allow me to believe in and hope for a world that is full of good. Living my faith provides me strength to meet the challenges of life and to bear my adversities with the strength of a loving family and God.