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Hi I'm Elysse

I'm a missionary in Ontario California.

About Me

I'm a student at Brigham Young University with plans to study Environmental Science with minors in Marine Biology and Photography. I'm in love with the ocean and aspire to someday contribute to National Geographic as a photojournalist. I love finding good music I've never heard before. I like reading classic literature to make me feel smart and comic books for fun. I love talking about movies, watching cartoons, and eating; usually at the same time. I started out with eight siblings. My dad passed away when I was seven. When Mom got remarried I got five more. I was home schooled until I started community college at sixteen. With thirteen kids in the family we learned quickly that blood is just liquid and love can spread pretty evenly. People often ask me if it was hard being home schooled; usually concerned about my social life and surprised with how normal I seem to be. I usually tell them how my big family are my best friends and the gospel connects me with new friends all the time. I love people. I love my family. I love who I'm becoming. I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member but that doesn't mean I don't have a conversion story. I came to a point when I had to decide who I wanted to be and whether the gospel would be a part of that. I always studied the scriptures, said my prayers, and went to church. But I started doing it out of curiosity instead of obligation. I wanted to know if the gospel I had learned about my entire life was true. And then I had to decide whether or not it was something I was going to live for the rest of my life. My conversion has taken place over years of asking God and living his commandments. I've chosen to be a member of this church because it is true. It makes me happy and I know this is what God wants me to be to make my life meaningful.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving in the California Rancho Cucamonga mission. I'm working daily in Apple Valley CA to teach others about the gospel of Jesus Christ, his Atonement, and the blessings of His restored church. Everyday I spend hours studying and talking about what I believe. My faith has always been an integral part of me, but as a missionary everything I do is directed toward strengthening, living, and sharing it. I use my faith to get through the day. I use my faith to find people to teach. I use my faith to try harder and learn from mistakes. Being a missionary has taught me more about living my faith than anything in my life. I've learned to think of myself less and rely on Christ more.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

When Christ was on the earth and established his church, he called missionaries to preach his gospel to those who would listen. We are called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because it is Christ's church restored in the latter days. As Christ's restored church we have to work the way he did. So missionaries are called to obey the commandment we received from Christ; to "feed [his] sheep"(John 21:16). "Feeding his sheep" means teaching his gospel, loving others unconditionally, and serving them with sincerity. It means doing what Christ would do. It means providing spiritual nourishment by making truth known. God wants everyone to know him personally and missionaries are guides to help them do that. When we don't teach lessons, we try to help people with whatever they need. We want to help rake leaves, move boxes, decorate for events; anything we can to help people get things done and feel there are people who love them. As individuals we serve as missionaries out of desire to serve God and serve his children. I'm a missionary because I want to obey God and I feel that this is what he wants me to do. Show more Show less