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Hi I'm Ellie

I'm a mom, wife, jewelry artisan and dance fitness instructor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mom that works a few hours a week as a Zumba Instructor (dance fitness). I also have a handmade jewelry business. My husband is from Nigeria and we have three beautiful children. My husband, Benson and I have been going salsa dancing for 13 years. We both have a love of latin music and dancing. My Zumba classes allow me the opportunity to share that passion with others. I enjoy helping people have fun and enjoy better health through dance. I've also been making jewelry for over a decade, specializing in wirework and chainmail. I'm known as a very creative person, and try to use my talents to make others happy and find their own unique abilities. People always tell me they wish they had my talents, I always tell them that we all have talents and abilities. Everyone is good at something. I consider myself a very tolerant and culturally aware person. My mom and dad have always been a great example of looking past cultural differences and phisical appearances and I have thankfully become much like them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were, and still are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As a teen, I questioned a lot about the church and beliefs. I had a lot of negative influences in high school and when i went to church I just went through the motions and did what was expected of me. I did not believe the church's teachings, but continued to go out of habit. It wasn't until I told my parents that I didn't believe in God that everything changed. My dad spoke to me privately and with tears in his eyes asked me to pray about the gospel I was taught since I was a child. I promised I would. That day I did pray with an open heart and did feel the most peaceful feeling. Everything I have been taught at church started to make sense as they all connected to eachother to form a beautiful picture of my life. Many memories came to my mind as I prayed that served as evidence of God's hand in my life. Needless to say, my faith in God had taken root. My faith and testimony of prayer has become strong. I know that prayer works. I know it brings us truth and guidance. It is a direct line to our Father in Heaven. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it has enriched my life and has helped me to be a better mother and wife and member of society. It has helped me understand how to be close to God and trust him. I need him to guide me and I know he does.

How I live my faith

At church I teach children age 4 to 5. I'm also in charge of activities twice a month for young girls age 8 to 11, we do crafts as well as activities that help them learn about Jesus Christ and how to better serve others. I'm also the camp director for young womwn age 12 to 18 who go to a spiritual camp each year for 4-5 days. You could say my duties at church are mostly roles of teaching, but I feel like through these callings to serve the young people of my faith, I learn and grow a lot in my faith and love for Jesus Christ and I feel his spirit guide me to teach what He wants these precious sould to learn as well as what He wants me to learn. One of my favorite teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that we are to love one another. I know Jesus Christ set the example for us to follow that our love was meant to be shared with all people regardless of difference in culture, religious beliefs, political views, philisophical beliefs, or different physical appearances. I strive to follow His example.