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Hi I'm Elise

I'm a Canadian but have been living in China for the past 9 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, mother of 9 and grandmother. I have the privilege of being married to my childhood sweetheart. "Childhood" really is a fitting description as he was 5 and I was 4 years old when we first met. I have lived most of my life in western Canada but nine years ago we moved with our youngest 4 children to China for what was to be a two- year adventure. It's been nine years and that adventure continues. I would have to say, it's been one of the hardest things I have ever done but I would not trade my experiences here for anything. I love getting to know people and hearing their stories. I am enjoying TRYING to learn Mandarin. I love doing family history research but my very favourite thing is to have all my children together. Currently, we are scattered, with children and grandchildren in 5 countries and on 3 different continents but I always look forward to the next time we can be together. I am so grateful for the internet, good communication systems and Skype.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel very blessed that my mother became a church member before I was born. I grew up knowing that I was a child of God and that He would always hear and answer my prayers. I went to church every Sunday with my mother. Although my father was supportive of this, he was not a member of the church. As a teenager, I wanted to know if this church was really Christ's true church on the earth and so I prayed sincerely, read the Book of Mormon and other church material. As I studied the Book of Mormon, I asked myself, is this really scripture or is this something that Joseph Smith merely made up. With each page I received a remarkable feeling that is hard to describe. It was a very warm, comforting feeling that what I was reading was indeed scripture from the Lord. I have tried to live the teachings of the church all my 58 years and I have discovered that while the doctrines are simple and can be understood by a child, they are also complex and take a lifetime of learning. The more I learn, the more it all fits together. Each new insight and understanding I get fits into the whole, making it more clear, like one more piece fitting into place in a giant jigsaw puzzle. Every wonderful thing I have in my life I can attribute to my membership in the Lord's true church.

How I live my faith

In China, it is against government regulations for foreigners to discuss religion or religious beliefs with native Chinese people. I try very hard to have a good spirit about me so that when I leave my home each day, people may feel through me our Heavenly Father's love for them. We are fortunate that the Chinese government allows foreigners to meet together and to have church services with one another. At the moment, we are the only members of our religion in our city but through the miracle of technology we are able to meet with other expat church members "virtually" via a teleconferencing system in our special unit. I currently work to provide programs for and communicate with the 130 or so women, who are scattered throughout China and are not close to other church members.