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Hi I'm Elaine

I grew up in Overton, Nevada, met my husband at Brigham Young University, have 6 children, and am a big Cougar fan. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother and grandmother and love it! I supported my husband through his schooling and throughout his career by taking care of the finances of the business. I play the piano and love to sing with our community choir. With the choir I have traveled all over the world: Czech Republic, Armenia, Mexico, England, Scotland, China and Ireland. We have also performed at Carnegie Hall as well as in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, the Midwest, Nauvoo and in the Salt Lake Tabernacle as well as other tabernacles along the Wasatch front. I love the spirit I feel when we sing; it lifts me up. I grew up in a small farming community where the entertainment for the valley was all the sporting events: football games, basketball games, baseball games and track. So it is inevitable that I am a big sports fan; I love the BYU Cougars and love to watch football, basketball, and volleyball games. I love spending time with my family cooking and eating and especially playing games. We love being together learning new skills like music theory, gardening, calligraphy, or cooking techniques. We love creating masterpieces of art by painting ceramic pieces, creating costumes, filming a video, and making clever posters. We love to see musical productions and watch each other perform. We love swimming and perfecting synchronized routines. Most of all, we just enjoy laughing and having fun. Families are the best!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a small Mormon community where everyone knew each other. I graduated high school with the same kids that I started kindergarten with. There is a lot of stability in that kind of an environment. Although I wasn't a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I would follow my friends down the street from the school to the church on Wednesday afternoons to attend Primary (that was when Primary was held on a weekday afternoon). I also remember attending Sunday School on Sunday mornings with my aunt who would pick me up and take me. Over many years, my parents sat through discussions with probably four different sets of missionaries. Finally they decided to be baptized. I was baptized on the same day as well as my sister just younger than I and my cousin whose mother took me to church. It was a cold day in January but I remember being warmed by the Spirit and being very excited. The truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints felt very comfortable to me and were easy for me to accept. I believe I was blessed with very simple faith to believe. From that point on, I progressed in learning by attending all my meetings and participating fully in all the Church programs. All through the years I have been very blessed as I have worked at keeping the commandments and especially as I have served in leadership positions. I have felt the direction of the Holy Ghost giving me ideas that turned into lessons and programs. Most of all, I have been blessed as a wife and mother in receiving inspiration in teaching and rearing my children. I am so grateful for the sure foundation that the Gospel has been for me. I am grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ and for His love and atoning sacrifice that makes it possible for me to repent and try to overcome weaknesses and become a stronger disciple. I am grateful for Joseph Smith and the restoration of the Church and for the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life I have had many opportunities to get involved in the community, particularly through the schools. When we lived in the Washington, D.C. area, I had opportunity to serve in leadership positions in a county-based education advocacy group. Through this experience I learned to speak out for programs that benefited my family and the whole community. I was always involved in volunteering in the schools when my children were growing up. I was involved as PTA board member, room mother, and tried to be of support to the teachers as well as my children. Opportunities for service within the Church community were always present. Many meals were taken to those who were ill as well as many hours of babysitting were provided. I have always been very serious about my calling as a Visiting Teacher. I feel this is one of the most effective ways one can truly be of service. Listening and encouraging are probably the most needed gifts one can give a friend. I feel that anytime one can provide service one-on-one is when we are most like the Savior. I have also had the opportunity to participate in community choirs wherever I have lived. This has provided the opportunity to sing at the White House, at Carnegie Hall and various places around the world. Whenever I join with friends to sing -- whether in rehearsal or in performance -- the greatest blessing to my soul comes when the Spirit touches my soul through the music and words that we sing. Of a truth, the Spirit is able to touch souls through music in ways that are beyond mere words or actions. It is a sacred experience to feel that testament of truth conveyed spirit to spirit as we sing and especially to witness as members of the audience are obviously touched with the Spirit to lift their souls as well.