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Hi I'm Ellyn

I'm a regular Northwest girl with Utah roots. I love music and the cultures of the world, especially Taiwan! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am serving in the Taiwan Taichung mission. I love learning Chinese and I think the people of Taiwan are fei chang bang. I love music and one of my favorite things to do is sing with my family. I play the piano and when I need to think I can sit and play for hours. I love to read everything from science fiction to classic Regency novels. I'm studying anthropology and Asian studies in college, and I love to learn. My family is very important to me and I love to spend time with them; as a missionary right now I miss them but the sacrifice is worth it. I love to travel as well and I've had the opportunity to visit 21 different countries. I've even been up to the Arctic Circle to a place called Svalbard where I got to meet a wonderful LDS family who lives there. I'm so grateful for all of the opportunities I've had to learn and grow.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been a part of the church since the 1850s, so this is what I have known my entire life. While I haven't known anything different for myself, I have studied much about the world and every time I learn something new and fascinating about another culture, I am grateful for the background that I have and the truth of the gospel in my life. Living the gospel makes me happy. I'm so grateful for my family and for the example my faithful parents have been to me, as well as my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and many ancestors who have had such faith. I am inspired by their lives (many of them have served missions as well) and I am so glad that I've been able to grow up as a part of this legacy. I love the gospel and I love Jesus Christ and I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve him.

How I live my faith

Right now serving a full-time mission for the church. Every day I do my best to study Chinese so that I can help the people of Taiwan grow closer to Christ. I study Preach My Gospel every day and I am learning how to teach the doctrines of the gospel to bless the lives of others. My purpose right now is to invite others to come unto Christ by following His gospel, and I love having this purpose to all of my study and faith. Before my mission I went to my home ward with my family. In my singles' ward in college I loved being a part of the ward and all of the fun activities we had. I was a visiting teaching supervisor, which means I was the person that makes sure you do your visiting teaching, all the while trying to get mine done on time as well. I love being a part of a ward and learning from the great examples around me, and I love being a missionary.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are amazing! I can't believe the stories of faith and strength I have heard about women in the church, and I am so grateful for the amazing examples of women in my life, first and foremost my mother. She is kind and loving and creative and so involved; within the same time period this year she was directing a show that she had written the music for herself, taking care of my 6-year-old brother who has Down's Syndrome, helping out people in the community by accompanying on the piano, doing interior design projects, and taking the time to call me while I was at college and listen to all of my complaints. I also have the example of a wonderful father who works hard at his job as a software developer, supported my mother with her show, and loves his children and grandchildren dearly. They are both amazing people who work together beautifully and I can only hope to have a marriage like theirs someday. I would not believe for one minute that Mormons don't believe in equality of men and women; through the example of my parents I have seen how important respect and support is on both sides. In my future I hope to marry someone who respects and values me as much as I do them and that we will be able to work together. Show more Show less