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Hi I'm Elaine

I've lived in several countries...United States, Argentina, Uruguay, Panama, and the Philippines. I loved it and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Elaine and I love teaching. I practiced on my own children initially....all nine of them! Then I moved on to the public school system teaching Special Education. Often I found that the teacher is also a pupil. There is always much to learn. My husband and I recently returned from serving a two-year mission where we had the grand opportunity to teach Institute (religion classes) to young single adults between the ages of 18-30. Preparing for our classes in New Testament and Book of Mormon was a wonderful opportunity to study these scriptures in depth. I enjoy playing the piano, reading, healthy eating and keeping fit.

Why I am a Mormon

My Father and Mother were Mormon's and their parents also. I have ancestors from England and Denmark who learned about this church from missionaries, believed their words and were baptized. They later traveled to the United States under difficult circumstances and sacrifice. My grandmother, Camilla Dorothy Jacobsen, from Copenhagen, Denmark left a life of luxury. She embraced the gospel at age eleven with her mother and at age fourteen left her family to sail on the ship West Moreland from Liverpool to join the Saints. She left Philadelphia and later joined a handcart company that crossed the plains to Utah. This was difficult for her because she had never known manual labor. When she arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 13, 1857, there was no one to meet her because she didn't know anyone there. The captain of the handcart company took her to his mother and asked that Camilla be taught to spin, weave, cook and wash so she could make a living for herself. She eventually married and had eleven children of her own. She also became a midwife, being set apart for this calling by President Brigham Young, and delivered over 1,000 babies! Although I have a rich pioneer heritage, I still have had to become "converted." I did this by reading the Book of Mormon, praying and fasting to receive a testimony of its truthfulness. I did receive an answer to my quest when I was about 21 years of age. I was re-reading the Joseph Smith story in a small cubicle in the library at Brigham Young University. A warm glow filled my soul and a great peace settled upon me. I knew that the teachings I had been taught my entire life were true. I knew that the great sacrifices my ancestors had made were for a purpose. I knew my leaders and parents had taught me well and that I was indeed fortunate to have been born at such a choice time when the Gospel has been restored. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with all my heart.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is something I do on a daily basis. I'm not just a "Sunday" Mormon, but I try to live the teachings of my Savior Jesus Christ always. I'm not perfect and realize that emulating the characteristics of my Savior is a process and will take a life time. Even then I know that I'll fall short and without the atonement of Jesus Christ would be lost. I've had many callings as a member of the Church. We are given these opportunities in order to help us grow, associate with and serve others. I was the President of a large Primary with nearly 200 children during one period in my life. I will never forget conducting the Sunday Primary, looking down at the twelve-year old boys and seeing one with a large boa constrictor around his neck. He was a true animal tamer and had found it on the edge of a clearing behind the church building. Primary was always interesting, but especially so that day! I have had the privilege of serving as President of the Women's organization and cherished my time working and serving Mormon sisters. I feel that they are truly charitable, compassionate, trustworthy and capable women. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching the adults in Sunday School also. Although this was challenging, I loved it because I knew that I had to study the scriptures diligently in order to facilitate a good discussion on Sunday. Although formal callings have been wonderful throughout my lifetime, I have also learned that there is much good to be done on a daily basis wherever I am. At times when I have not have a specific assignment, I have learned one can always be involved in a "personal ministry" and go about doing much good in a neighborhood, community, state and nation. The words of a child's song comes to my mind which states how I try to live my faith: "I'm trying to be like Jesus; I'm following in his ways. I'm trying to love as He did, in all that I do and say."