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Hi I'm Ellen

I studied Music in Idaho. I'm supporting my husband through grad school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently living in Philadelphia as I support my husband through Optometry school. In just a few short months, my husband and I will be traveling the U.S. as he does 5 externships and studies for boards! We are excited for this adventure, and counting down the days till he graduates and we can settle down permanently! I enjoy embroidering while I watch T.V., learning new music, reading, and learning more about the world around me. I'm also a newly born health nut. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of many experiences in my life. I was born and raised into the LDS church, but have had my own struggles and conversion that make me who I am. When I was younger, around 11 years old, my family found out that my mother was diagnosed with Hepatitus C. This was very scary to me at this age! I couldn't imagine my life without her! One particular Thanksgiving, my father had taken my mother to the hospital because she was feeling very ill from her medication. That evening, I remember praying to my Heavenly Father and pleading for my mother to get better! I felt so calm, and knew that everything would be alright no matter what happened. This wasn't the first time I had gotten this feeling, but it is the most memorable because of the day. Going through this trial made me stronger in my faith. I know that my Father in Heaven hears my prayers and blesses us with what we need. My mother defeated this illness, which is another testimony to me that He loves me and knows what I need in my life. :) Now that I am married, I am going through a more personal trial. My husband, Kevin and I have been trying to have children of our own for almost 3 years now. I was recently diagnosed with PCOS. We are still new to this trial, but I have learned SO much from it. I have learned that the Book of Mormon truly is another Testament of Christ. It has helped me get through many tearful nights. I know that God has restored His church, through the Prophet Joseph Smith and that He does not forget us. He continues to guide us through living Prophets today. I know that through obedience of the Word of Wisdom, we can be blessed. Finally, I know that God sent his Son, Jesus Christ to atone for our sins, but also that the atonement would be able to give relief to those suffering pains and afflictions! This knowledge is what makes me who I am today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through serving others and helping others know of our Heavenly Father's love. This past year, I served the youth of our church by teaching them what I know to be true. Our church has many great programs for youth. It can be demanding for a leader serving them, but SO very rewarding! I've found that when dealing with youth, no matter what religion or background they come from, being a good example to them means everything. The youth of this world have so many challenges they face on a day to day basis. When they participate in our church's programs, I see their lives change for the good. They become better people, and more motivated to do good and bless those around them. I love the girls I have served! I have a gained so much friendship by serving them!

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Our temples are used for the same purpose ancient temples were used in biblical times. They unite families through sacred ordinances. There we can be sealed together as a husband and wife for all eternity, as well as join parents and children. We learn about eternal truths that help us get through this life. It is a place we can get away from the world and be closer to our Heavenly Father. It is a house of prayer. We also use it to perform ordinances for those who have passed on before they had a chance to hear the gospel or to be sealed together as a family for eternity. We do these ordinances by proxy. In other words, we act as a substitute for those who are deceased. Those who have died have the opportunity to accept these ordinances for themselves in the spirit world. It makes sense that Heavenly Father loves us and wants us ALL, living or dead, to have the opportunity to be together forever and to accept His gospel. Show more Show less