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Hi I'm Elise Andrus

I grew up in Utah. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently entered the Missionary Training Center to prepare to serve a full-time mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Life as a missionary is a little different than I imagined growing up. I am still me. Only now, instead of immersing myself in school and work, I am studying scriptures and the Portuguese language. I have never been happier in my entire life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. This may sound cliche, but it's true. I was raised in a Mormon family, but I had to decide for myself whether I believed it to be true or not. I remember as a teenager, I just didn't know. I didn't know if God knew who I was, if he loved me, if I was worth it. But I had an experience where I found out. My entire body felt encased in the most incredible feeling of love. I wish I could describe it better, but I can't seem to find the right words. But in that instance, I knew God knew me- a 14 year old girl in a world of billions of people. And I knew that if God knew me, if he took the time to let me know that he loved me, he would place his gospel on this earth so that every one of his children can have the chance to make it back to him. This experience changed my life. And it is because of this experience that I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to church every Sunday. Sometimes it's hard to wake up when church starts early, but it is always worth it. At church, we were challenged to do our visiting teaching where we go visit other sisters in our ward. My visiting teaching companion was my roommate, and without her, I don't know if I would have been able to go. It was an incredible experience. I was able to meet some amazing girls, and see how much our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love each individual person and know their circumstances.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Elise Andrus
One of the best parts about the Mormon church is its emphasis on free agency. Our ability to choose is one of God's greatest gifts to us. Because of this gift, many members of the LDS church have the opportunity to serve a mission- but it is a choice, no one is forced to go. Men are very highly encouraged to serve missions. For women, it is a much more personal choice. I have recently decided to serve a mission. It was not an easy decision for me, but I truly believe God has a plan for all of this, and I believe this is his plan for me. The blessings of serving a mission are incredible. But we choose to serve missions because we love God, we love Jesus Christ, and we want to share his gospel with the world. I want to share the happiness I have found by being a Mormon with others because I want them to have that same happiness and peace. Show more Show less