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Hi I'm Ellen

My life experiences include being a pediatric nurse, wife, stepmother, biological mother, and a bereaved mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a small town on the west coast. My parents were both devoted members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aka Mormons. Our family - my parents, brothers and I - were very close. After graduating from college, I worked as a charge nurse on the pediatric floor in a hospital. My work was very fulfilling as well as often exhausting and emotionally taxing. Later, I became the pediatric head nurse. When I married a few years later, it meant moving about 1000 miles away from my job and becoming the instant mother of three young boys, whose mother had died. The transition from the working world to being a stay-at-home mom was my choice. I felt it was the correct choice, but it was also very challenging. Through the years, my husband and I had additional children. Two of our children were premature, identical twin boys. They lived brief lives of 11 days and 3 months. It is impossible for me to truly describe the heart-wrenching experience of losing our sons. My journey through grief to meaningful life was greatly facilitated by my faith in Jesus Christ and the promised blessing of an eternal family. Prayer, time and the patient, constant compassion of my husband were also invaluable. Now, we've been married over 30 years and have experienced many joys as well as sorrows in life. Through it all, we have had each other. I am so very grateful to be married to my best friend.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a loving home with wonderful faith-filled parents who were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nevertheless, during my adolescent years there came a time when I wanted to know for myself if the Church was true or not. For an extended period of time, I read the Book of Mormon, prayer and tried to obey God's commandments. At times, I would be lax in my efforts to receive an answer to my prayers. Finally, I decided to promise my Heavenly Father that I would be a faithful member of His church if I knew the truth. It was after this prayer, that my answer came in a wondrous and overwhelming feeling of warmth, joy, love and peace. Knowing the truth has made all the difference in my life, giving it purpose and direction. I feel blessed to have the Bible and the Book of Mormon to use in finding answers to my problems. I have been able to be forgiven for my mistakes and sins. God has helped me learn very important lessons from extremely painful experiences, i.e., the death of our sons, etc. Sorrow and problems come into every life. Being a Mormon has helped me have a personal relationship with God and His son Jesus Christ and has provided me with guidance from the current living prophet that God has called in our day. Being a Mormon has also helped me treasure life's joys more abundantly.

How I live my faith

During the past year, I've taught a class of 7 year-old children at church. It is rewarding to see them beginning to read and understand the scriptures. Their faith in Jesus Christ is so pure. Prior to teaching the children, I taught a Sunday School class to adults about how to strengthen and enrich their marriages and families. I benefited as much or more than those who attended this 16 week course. Class discussions provided new perspectives and insights. One very meaningful opportunity in church service has been visiting female church members in their homes on a monthly basis. This monthly ministry has enriched my life as I have become acquainted with many women, had the blessing of serving and encouraging them, and have had uplifting gospel conversations with them.