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Hi I'm Elise

I'm from Utah, a full-time student and part-time worker, and writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a missionary serving in the Virginia Chesapeake Mission! I'm a writer going to school for an English degree. I've played the drums for six years, and I can lick my elbow.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I have not converted from a different faith, I have gone through a true conversion to the church. I've grown up in the gospel, but that numbed me from the spirit as I got older. Through some really difficult times that have made my family stronger, I have been able to gain a testimony that the gospel is truth. There are always true things, but then there is the truth. By true things, I mean things you would say, "Well, I guess that's true..." However, the truth is that every person ever is a child of God, sent to the earth for a specific purpose. I know that this gospel is the only way to joy and happiness. I know that Jesus Christ is my Redeemer, my Savior, and that there is no other way that I can become a better person than through His grace. I know that every choice I make is made possible because of His sacrifice for me. I am an imperfect person, but I'm trying, and I can keep trying because when everyone else seems to leave, I know that Christ is always there for me. He's there when I'm stressed or sick or even when I've sinned. He and his love is as constant as gravity, and I can rely on Him with anything. Without him, I am nothing. I bear my testimony that Joseph Smith restored the gospel of Jesus Christ and that it is still on the earth. I know that families can live together forever even after death. Especially after death. Christ conquered death so that I can live with my family forever. I bear you my testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

My current calling is being a missionary for my ward full of single adults and being on a committee to help get to knwo them. I've been in many leadership roles during my youth, but my favorite has been ward chorister. I am currently preparing to serve a full time mission!

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

When I learn more about the sacrifice that Jesus Christ gave to each of us by dying on the cross and completing the Atonement, the more I want to give back. Giving 10% of my income allows me to physically show my gratitude as well as show my sacrifice. Because He sacrificed for me, I am willing to sacrifice 10% of my income for Him. And it is not a dollar amount because it's not about amount. I remember when I was a kid, I gave sixty cents out of my six dollars, and now I'm giving much more than that because I am lucky to have a job. It's about showing faith. I give more by serving in callings like leadership and service so that I can keep giving my sacrifice. Show more Show less