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Hi I'm Ellie

I love to play piano, I am an avid blogger and lover of life, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a freshman at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and I LOVE it! I'm currently undeclared but am thinking about going into human resources or social work. I play piano and have even written some of my own compositions over the past few years, I love music, and I love the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ! It has changed my life and continues to make me a better person every single day. I love nature and the beauty that God has created for us, and I hope to be able to travel the world and one day see in person all the wonders that our planet has to behold. This life is a beautiful one and I am so blessed to live it!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and always thought that it was true because that's what my parents and all the people around me believed. I piggy-backed on the testimonies of those individuals until I attended a youth conference when I was fourteen years old. There I was touched so deeply by the fire of the Spirit that I could not deny the truthfulness of the restored Gospel. Since that time, I have battled to let my testimony flourish, to protect my virtue, and to stoke the fire of my faith. My heart has experienced great emotional stress through death, friends leaving the church, and daily struggles of life that seem small but add up significantly. Being in college is so much more wonderful and stressful than I had imagined, but as I faithfully follow my Savior and allow the Spirit's guidance, my life is blessed abundantly. No trial of my faith is too great for my God, and that is how I know He lives, is through the eternal love and faithfulness that He shows me, and that no matter what, He is always there and I can always depend on Him. No matter how far I stray from the path, He is constant and always rejoices in my return and I am blessed. The blessings that I have received from being a member of the LDS church far outweigh the struggles, and so I continue in faith every day because I know that it is true.

How I live my faith

I actively live my faith by attending church every Sunday, participating in ward activities weekly (sometimes multiple times a week), and faithfully living and keeping the commandments. Sometimes all the "rules" that Mormons have might seem like restrictions, but in reality they are set in place as guardrails to guide us, not fences to keep us out. We can be made free and stay clean and pure by faithfully keeping the commandments and following the Lord's counsel, and we will be blessed in our efforts, especially when we follow commands that we don't understand.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Ellie
Jesus Christ came to the earth to establish His Church. He did this to bring all to Him so that they could partake of His Atonement and one day return to live with their Father in Heaven. He gave authority (the Priesthood) to His apostles so that they could carry out the work and continue to bring the good news of the Gospel to the earth after Christ's death. The Church was small in numbers, and after the apostles passed away, the Priesthood authority on the earth was gone and the Gospel, in its fullness, was lost. I like to compare this event, called the Apostasy, to a glass plate. The glass plate is held on many pillars, representing Christ and the apostles. After they each died, the plate fell and shattered. Over the years, many different churches came and picked up a piece of the plate, having some of the truth but not all of it. In the spring of 1820, Joseph Smith was confused about which church to join and wished to know which was true. Knowing that God could not lie and trusting in His infinite wisdom, Joseph took his question to prayer. God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph in a grove of trees and explained that there was no true church on the earth, but when the time came, Joseph would be called as a prophet to restore Christ's true church. The glass plate would be restored, bringing all the broken pieces back together, helping all receive everything they need to return to God. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Ellie
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, in addition to the Bible. Mormon, a prophet of the ancient Americas, compiled the words of other ancient prophets into one book for our day. It holds many plain and precious truths that were previously in the Bible but over centuries of changes were lost. It is the keystone of our religion and goes hand in hand with the Bible. We use both scriptures as a witness and testimony of the life, teachings, and example of Jesus Christ. It is a support and verification of the Bible. The Book of Mormon is concluded with a great promise that if you read it and then sincerely pray about it, you can know for yourself that its words are true. Show more Show less