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Hi I'm Ellen

I love music, I love laughing, I love people, I love life, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of four kids. My family and my friends mean everything. I played softball all growing up. I played basketball, volleyball and lacrosse in high school. I love playing the guitar and singing and writing songs, both silly and meaningful. Laughing is my favorite thing in the whole world! Overall, I just really enjoy having fun!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. As a kid, I always had a feeling that the church was real and not just a body of good people moving blindly in a positive direction. I've had a lot of experiences along the way that have helped reaffirm this idea. But I had the most powerful confirmation from the Hold Ghost that this gospel was real one night when I was 18. I had started college in the summer and had attended a school out of state from the home I grew up in. I tore my ACL at the end of August and because of insurance purposes, I had to go home to have repair surgery. It was pretty hard for me because I felt like I had failed. I had been out on my own and then I had to be back in the place where I had gone through the troublesome angst of adolescence. One Sunday, I was sitting in church, alone. I was particularly emotional this day for some reason. But somebody came and sat next to me and made me feel better and we ended up becoming really good friends. He invited me over to his house a few weeks later. We talked for a long time about all kinds of things and then we watched a movie. I can't really explain exactly why, but as I drove home, I felt better. I felt like I wasn't such a failure. I was fine. Because of the kindness my friend had shown me, he had helped me to understand the Atonement better, without even realizing it. I drove home that night and I had a conversation with God, aloud. I told Him that I understood what the Atonement was. It was the concept of change. Any time you change for the better, any time you feel love, the Atonement is at work. God loves us. He wants us to be happy. He allowed His son Jesus Christ to come down and suffer the agony of the whole human race so that we could be happy again if we embrace that Atonement he performed for us all. We need only to keep His commandments so that we can qualify for the blessings of that redemptive power!

How I live my faith

I am getting ready to serve for my church in the Raleigh North Carolina mission. I'm really excited! Of all of my immediate family members--my mom, dad, two brothers and my sister--all served missions and none of them served in the United States! So I am excited to have the opportunity to talk to people about what I know and love in the language I know and love! I also live my faith on a daily basis as best as I can. I try to be a good example to my friends and family members who aren't members of the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints. What it comes down to is love. I know that people respond best to knowing that they are loved, no matter what. I know that that is the kind of love that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father have for me and I try my best to love people in a way that will help them understand that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father love them as well. We are all God's children and we need to treat each other with the kind of respect and compassion and other components of love that are going to encourage them to make decisions that will help them on their way back to live with Heavenly Father again.