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Hi I'm Ellisa Barr

I'm a homeschooling mom to two kids, I like to read and paint, and I wrote the post-apocalyptic novel, Powerless.

About Me

I was raised in Shelley, a small town in Idaho where everything revolved around potatoes. After I graduated from BYU I moved back East and spent 10 years in Maryland and northern Virginia working at a computer game company. I got married and had two kids and then we moved to California. We've lived here for 4 years, and it's been great. I started homeschooling our kids in 2013 when we moved to Orange County, and being home also gave me time to write a novel. I love to read, paint watercolors, teach music, and enjoy the outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

Being raised as a member of the church is a wonderful experience. My parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were all Mormons and I have a deep pioneer heritage. As a child and teenager, I had a strong belief in the teachings of the church and I had a lot of powerful experiences that made me feel I was following God's plan for me. I was happy, confident and hopeful. When I was in my 20's my faith was shaken by an unexpected dose of online anti-Mormonism. I left the church, thinking that I only believed because that's how I was raised and taught. Despite my newfound "freedom" I wasn't happy. I missed the LDS community, but I mostly missed the blessings of peace and hope that you receive when you know who you are and why you're here. It took a few years and a lot of pride swallowing for me to come back to church, but I know now it's where I need to be. Even though I thought I'd be happier without church restrictions and commitments, it's actually the other way around. Following God's plan is what makes me the happiest. It makes me a better wife and mom, and it gives me strength and hope every day.

How I live my faith

All of us have trials and challenges, but we usually can't tell what someone else's burdens are just by looking at them. I live my faith by trying to be optimistic and kind with everyone, and looking for chances to help people out whenever I can. On Sundays I play the piano for the children's group during music time. In my opinion it's one of the best jobs you can have at church, and I love getting to spend an hour with with kids each week.