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Hi I'm Ellen

I have albinism. I play the harp. I love chocolate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born with Ocular-cutaneous albinism: a genetic condition that results in a complete lack of pigment in the eyes, skin, and hair. Because of this, I have white hair, pale skin, and a visual acuity of 20/200 in best possible conditions. I'm considered legally blind. I've worn glasses since I was 3 months old. Having albinism has given me the opportunity to look at life a little differently. I've never been great at sports; I don't really see the ball until it hits me in the face. I've sat in the first few rows of every classroom. I have enlarged copies of everything. I bring magnifiers and glasses everywhere I go. Despite all of the things that may be difficult or hard to do though, I have found so many things that I can do. I started taking piano lessons at age 6 and harp lessons at age 11. I've now been playing the harp for 9 years, and I love it. Music brings so much joy to my life. I love spending time with my family more than anything in the world. I'm a junior in college studying family sciences and psychology with the hopes of someday becoming a marriage and family therapist. I could live on chocolate chip cookies alone. I'm currently serving a full-time mission in North Carolina. I believe that there is something to be happy about every single day.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born into the LDS church, it was my decision to be baptized at age 8. Though I have made so many mistakes, I know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ, I have been able to repent of those mistakes and stand clean and worthy before the Lord. There is no better feeling in this world than that. The gospel of Jesus Christ is all about happiness. Living the gospel brings me more happiness than I could ever imagine. There is so much comfort in knowing that I can be with my family, the people that I care about the most and that love me the most in this world, for eternity. Knowing that I can pray to a loving Heavenly Father at any time, any place, and in any circumstance and knowing that He will hear and answer that prayer brings so much peace. I know that the Lord wants His children to be happy. We can find that pure happiness through His gospel. Living the gospel isn't a burden, it's a blessing. It's not about doing; it's about becoming. I couldn't imagine my life without the knowledge, the peace, and the joy of the gospel as a compass.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being positive, faithful, and working hard to improve myself and be a positive influence on those around me every day. I decided to serve a full-time mission because this gospel brings me more joy than I can express and I want everyone to have the opportunity to have that same joy in their lives. I know without a doubt that that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true; if I didn't, I certainly wouldn't be spending 18 months telling people about it.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

After standing on the beach in Hawaii, looking out over the Grand Canyon, Canoeing across Lake Louise in Canada, skiing down the mountains in Park City, looking at the beautiful Orchid gardens in Singapore, watching a breathtaking sunset, looking up at the stars in the summer, sitting on the porch in the middle of a thunderstorm, hiking to the top of a mountain, exploring the Timpanogos caves in Utah, waking in freshly fallen snow, watching my parents happily make it through 25 years of marriage with many more years to come, holding a newborn baby, watching someone fight through cancer, seeing the joy of two people on their wedding day, spending countless hours with my family, meeting and being blessed with some remarkable friends, and being a recipient of so much love, support, and service from others throughout my entire life, there is absolutely NO way that i could EVER deny the existence of a loving and incredible God. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

The way to know if something is true is to study it out, pray about it, and listen for the quiet and sweet feelings of inspiration from the spirit. Nobody can just tell us what is right; we have to figure it our for ourselves. By humbly seeking an answer, we can come to know for ourselves what is right and what is true. Show more Show less