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Hi I'm Elaine

I'm a singer, choir director, writer, gardener, grandmother, runner, quilter, sewer, wife and mother.

About Me

I love to garden, sew, read, write, sing and play with my 6 grandkids. I have written twos book, with several in the process of being written. I have a Down syndrome daughter who I lost to complications with her heart and lungs over 3 1/2 years ago. My first book is an anecdotal biography about the crazy, happy and sad episodes of her life. I have been fortunate to find a great man to call my friend and spouse. We have four beautiful children (I'm prejudiced) and they have created wonderful families. We have lost one grandchild and one daughter, but are so blessed to know we will see and be with them again. I have been fortunate to have been a Mormon all my life and come from Pioneer stock. I have learned for myself the truthfulness of the gospel. I'm so grateful that I know I will have the opportunity to be with my family again.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an LDS/Mormon home. My 5th great grandparents came across the plains as pioneers coming from England and Europe. I am not a Mormon because of them, but the opportunity to be a Mormon came from them. I am a Mormon because I have read and studied the Book of Mormon and Bible, I have prayed and had answers that they are true. I have had a lifetime of the Holy Ghost manifest knowledge to me from my Father in Heaven. Someone once said "you can't know your church is true!". But I beg to differ. After you hear the voice of the spirit so many times, you cannot deny that it bears witness of truth to you. I know that Joseph Smith was visited by God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. They told Joseph that churches on earth at that time drew close with their lips but far with their hearts. They entrusted him with records to translate - the Book of Mormon, and I know this is God's work. I know we have a prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, God's mouthpiece for the whole world. I know our church provides an immense amount of emergency food and supplies wherever there is a need. Our goal as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not to force anyone to join our church, but to show you the joy that comes from being a member of our church. We want to SHARE what we have, not coerce anyone into living what we live. We who WANT to be LDS are waiting for you to find what we have found and if we can help you there, then we are helping God.

How I live my faith

We moved to the Sacramento area over 10 years ago and ever since, I have led the choir in my ward. I love music and within the past years helped co-write a cantata based on the History of the Relief Society. I love leading the choir and have many times had the spirit witness to me of the music and words that should be part of the choir. We lived in Utah until 21 years ago, and my wish was to sing in the Tabernacle Choir. But life changed our course and instead Heavenly Father allows me the opportunity to have a miniature Tab Choir in my ward. I'm grateful every day for that opportunity. I have recently served in the presidency of the Relief Society and have been able to help the sisters in my ward become spiritually, emotionally and economically self-reliant. As a group of women, we read the Book of Mormon together, we planned our 72 hour kits together, we learned how to rely on each other and found that through spiritually joining together we BECOME family. Personally I read the Book of Mormon every day, as well as reading the other current Ensign articles or modern scriptures. I'm diligent at being prepared for Sunday School and Relief Society and their lessons. I try to keep my mind and thoughts clear enough that Heavenly Father can talk to me and teach me which path is the one for me. I know he has a plan for me and I want to live His plan.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Elaine
Our religion is all about family and connecting our families together. That is what temples are for. We search our ancestors and connect them to us by proxy, we seal each other together as a family and we learn what we need to do and be to progress forward to live with our Heavenly Father. I come from a large family and recently lost both of my parents, my sister and my daughter. I can't say what I would have done if I hadn't been assured, that because of the ordinances done in the temple, I will see them and be with them again. I know as we live up to the promises and covenants that we made in the temple, that we will live together, complete as a family. This is very important to me and makes it so easy to do the work required, so I can guarantee my own salvation. It is work I must do. I am responsible for my own future. My Heavenly Father has given me many signs and thoughts while in the temple that tell me I am on the right path and have chosen the correct principles to live my life by. I am so grateful for this knowledge I have been given. I know that the LDS Church is God's church on the earth today and temples are his way of blessing us for the life to come. Show more Show less