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Hi I'm Elena

I'm a composer that loves language and sociology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student studying linguistics, sociology, and music. I love learning with a passion, and I plan to become a professor so that I can keep learning. I play piano, am learning guitar, and I enjoy composing/arranging, especially hymns.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a house where the gospel was taught on a regular basis and where gospel principles were emphasized. It was fairly easy to do what was right because that was what I had always done, and it would be strange to anything differently. However, since coming out to college, I've realized it's so much more than just doing things because it's the simplest course of action. It's believing that the grace of Christ is applicable to you personally. It's believing that God will answer your prayers. It's believing that He knows who you are. It's learning how to repent from mistakes, but also learning how to forgive yourself and others. Being a Mormon is more than just a three hour church block on Sundays. Being a Mormon is a way of life. We aren't perfect--we never claim to be--but working towards perfection is one of life's greatest joys.

How I live my faith

My faith is an inseparable part of who I am--it shapes what I do and what I become. Growing up, I lived in an area where there were very few Mormons. I strengthened my testimony of gospel principles because I needed to truly believe what I was sharing with those that had questions about my religion. Now, living on my own surrounded by many others that share my faith, I can use that testimony to lean on when I or others I know are struggling. I take time to listen to those who need a listening ear, or perhaps bring lunch to someone who needs a bite to eat. I also make an effort to smile, because when you believe what I believe, what reason have you not to smile?

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Tithing goes towards our beautiful temples, chapels and other buildings. Additionally, one of the greatest blessings of tithing that I've personally been able to receive is through my college education. Brigham Young University is funded, in part, by tithing from the members of the church. This has allowed me to receive a wonderful education in an excellent environment. Show more Show less