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Hi I'm Elisa

I'm a daughter, sister, aunt, college student, and question-asker. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently I am attending a university in Utah, but I was born and raised in Oregon, where my parents and most of six siblings still live. I love playing games, joking with, and spending time with my immediate and extended family. They are far from perfect (and so am I), but I love them. I also love to spend time alone by running, walking, reading, and writing. I am a great lover of learning, stories, and '50s and '60s music. Here in Utah I am surrounded by many Mormons, and I love the blessings that come with that, but I also love and miss my time in Oregon, living alongside a religiously and otherwise diverse set of wonderful people. I am studying special education and yearn to prove the fact that every child can learn.

Why I am a Mormon

I have lived in the church my whole life. At first I just believed the church's teachings because my parents believed it. At church I was told about God our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, the scriptures, and so on, and I assumed that what I was being told was true. I began to learn for myself that the church was true when I was 12 or 13 (the church's young women's program was very helpful in this). I felt the spirit (the Holy Ghost) and I realized that God and Jesus Christ truly love me. When I prayed and had faith I would be answered, I was answered. My faith in the church has grown since then. I am very thankful that I kept going to church, reading the scriptures, praying, and trying to do the right thing. Without my church I think I would have a more difficult and unhappy life because I would not have the knowledge that what I believe is true, God loves me and everyone else, we are His children, and Christ can help us through our difficulties in life. This church also reminds me to always be conscious of the needs and feelings of others, and makes me a more loving and respectful person. I love the church because it helps me with problems that are important in my life. It helps me to be happy and feel good about myself. At times I have seriously doubted the existence of God, but when I have, I felt darkness in my life. The light came back each time I listened to what God was telling me through the Holy Ghost. Again, both my mind and my heart are a part of why I believe in and live the teachings of this church. Learning is very much a part of being Mormon; I am not a blind follower.

How I live my faith

I try to do the right thing, but I often make mistakes. I sometimes set goals to help me grow as I strive to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am often reminded that we are all imperfect and all have doubts. How I deal with my doubts is the important thing. The best choice to use my faith in God to search for the answers to my questions. Both my mind and my heart are needed in this process.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Elisa
The Book of Mormon was very specifically written for our day. The Bible is a wonderful blessing, too, but some of its stories and its wording was written to be understood by those who lived in the area it was written. The Book of Mormon was written for us; to me, this means it is easy for people all over the world to understand because it relates to our situations. Prophecies within it have been brought to pass and are being brought to pass in our day. Its commandments are for us to follow. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Elisa
Many people say Mormons are not Christians. One reason is because we do not believe that Jesus is the same person as God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Arguably, whether we are Christian depends on your definition of Christian. Yes, we absolutely follow and worship Jesus Christ and everything in our church is based on Him, but no, we do not believe in the Trinity. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Elisa
We believe that those who have died are now spirits. These people, even if they did not have the chance to learn about Jesus Christ's gospel or be baptized by His authority, need the ordinance of baptism. We believe that worthy members of our church can be baptized on the behalf of the dead. Then the dead individual can choose to accept the ordinance or not. We believe these baptisms can do no harm for those who have died, and we strive to have respect for the beliefs of people of other religions. Show more Show less