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Hi I'm Elise

I grew up in Washington, D.C. I'm a high school teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am passionate about the arts: literature, music, museums, dance, film, food, fashion--all of it. When I'm not working, I travel anywhere I can. I find people fascinating, and I love to learn about and experience new cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

When Jesus told the people that He was the Savior, "the way, the truth and the life," a lot of people stopped following Him. I can somewhat understand why they did this. I'm sure to them, He seemed like a nice guy, and he taught great life principles, but if He is the Son of God, that means you really have to follow Him, and that can be hard. Not just respecting Jesus, but humbly following Him takes a lot of energy and commitment--really a change of heart. After these people left, Jesus turned to His apostles, those He had chosen to be special witnesses of Him, and asked if they would leave Him, too. Peter, the senior apostle, responded simply: "Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life." I'm a Mormon because I know that this is the full gospel of Jesus Christ. Though following Jesus can sometimes seem difficult, it is, really, a privilege to be able to serve and follow my Savior. It is only through Him and His promises that I can have "peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come."

How I live my faith

In the church, I volunteer with our women's organization, which is the oldest and largest in the world. I also help with the music in the church--the choir and teaching music to children. But more than any of the things I do, how I live my faith is more a way of life. I try to be as Christlike as I can be. Every morning, I tell myself to be more kind and more patient. I'm a teacher, and sometimes it can be hard, but when I try to see everyone around me as a child of God, following Christ is easier.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

God is my Father. He is the most just, kind and loving father imaginable. I know that He loves me because I see it in the world around me and I feel it when I read the scriptures and pray. I lived with Him before I came to earth, and what I want more than anything else is to return home and live with Him again. Show more Show less