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Hi I'm Elise

I was born in Pennsylvania, now I live in Arizona. I have done work with special needs children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Pennsylvania, and my family moved when I was 13 to Arizona, where I have lived ever since. I am the oldest of five, and my youngest sister was born when I was in high school. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing science, and for two years worked in the homes of Autistic children. I loved my work, and hope to continue it someday. My husband just graduated and has found work as a high school teacher, so we have just moved to a new town. I am an amateur artist, and I also love to play the piano. I enjoy reading novels, and our apartment is full of them. I love to cook, and I like finding new recipes online to try!

Why I am a Mormon

There is nothing in this life that gives me as much joy as the church. I grew up in this church, but I have always had a firm belief in it's truthfulness. Perhaps the most important reason is because it helps me to understand that God loves me, and is always there for me. I know that if I do as He has asked, I continue moving closer to Him. In this church people love and care about each other, and we realize that we are all struggling with problems. We have a living prophet, who helps us to understand what the most important things are for us to understand. This is a wonderful blessing, since we are only human and it is so reassuring to know that we have some guidance. I am always amazed whenever I hear the prophet speak, that even though he is speaking to thousands or millions of people, he always seems to be speaking to me personally at the same time. We are also taught about how to obtain our own personal revelations, to help us understand what we each personally should be doing. I love the teachings of this church and have felt in my heart on so many occasions that it is true. It is the best thing for me, and I know it is the only church that will give the fullest answers to our biggest questions.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in the things I do every day. My husband has gotten me into a better habit of reading my scriptures and praying every single day, and really trying to study them, personally and together with him. In my interactions with other people, I try to remember how Christ would have me act. This is not always easy, but I know that I was sent here with a purpose, and each day I pray to find out what it is I should be doing. I know that our Heavenly Father sent us all here to be happy, and I have long since made the decision to be happy in this life. I guess it's my way of remembering all that God has done for me. In the church I have served in many ways, most often as a teacher. I have been asked to teach the things that I know to many who were much younger than me, or much older than me, and also around the same age. I have also helped to plan many activities in the church, helping to teach skills that I know, or learn skills from others. One of the things I love about the church is how so many people of so many different talents can come together and teach each other what they know, or do some good with their own particular talent.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Temples are not so much secret as sacred. When we go in the temple we make covenants, or promises with God. We want everyone to be able to go into the temple, but these promises are really important, you have to be ready to make them. God will not be mocked, so you can't go in and make these promises and then break them the next day. That's why you have to be prepared to go in, you have to have a full understanding of what you are promising. If you aren't going to keep the promises, we believe it's better for you to not go in. Show more Show less