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Hi I'm Elena

I'm an amateur trapeze artist, among other things, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and Speech Language Pathology Assistant. I love reading, napping and watching tv and movies. Recently I've taken up some new hobbies that I like to pretend that I'm good at: flying trapeze, drawing, painting and actually cooking dinner. Though I'm not proficient at any of these skills yet I love to try. During my career I've helped kids improve their communication. My favorite thing about my work is teaching kids through play activities. Who doesn't want to play eye-spy and go fish at work?

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, I struggled with depression. It's a difficult thing to deal with as an adult but as a child I was completely out of my depth. Growing up in the LDS church I had always been taught to pray and that I had a Father in Heaven who loved me. These were vague concepts to my nine year old self. It wasn't until I really, truly felt the pressure of despair that I attempted to pray in earnest to that mysterious Parent in the sky. All I knew was that I was unhappy and everyone said that Heaven was great so I prayed to go there. I prayed with the complete faith that only children seem to have. It was then that I felt physical arms around me and complete, all encompassing love. I knew at that moment that I would never be alone, that there was someone that loved me, all of me. This experience gave a confidence in myself and my worth that still gets me through my dark days. My testimony of divine love grew after reading the Book of Mormon and other scriptures. It increased even more as I learned about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have taught me and continues to teach me that I have a loving Father in Heaven that answer all prayers, even those of a lonely child.

How I live my faith

I love to help people but especially the children. I have taught sunday school to children ranging in ages from 18 months to 5 years. You may wonder how much an 18 month old can learn at church but they are never to young to learn that they have a Father in Heaven who loves them and you can show them that love through your actions. No one can be loved to much. Currently, I get to visit and uplift some women in my community. It's amazing how much it means to a mom to have an adult to talk and a receive a spiritual pick-me-up to during their busy, kid filled weeks even if it is just for a few minutes every month. Visiting these women has also been helpful to me since I recently moved and don't know much about the area. These wonderful women teach me about the best grocery stores and restaurants as well to spiritual matters. It is a blessing in my life to be able to serve them.