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Hi I'm Elly

I grew up in the Netherlands, and came to the USA for a year to work as a nanny.I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and we have 3 sons. They are all married. So far, we have 4 grand children. My husband and I are retired and getting ready to serve a local full time mission. I love to cook, to read and to be outside, in any shape or form: walking, bicycling, working in our garden.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Catholic, but in my family we did not really practice our religion. We went to church, occasionally, but were not taught about the religion. My parents were good people, hard working people, who loved their children and family. I always there was more then our earthly life. The family, for who I was a nanny, went to a Christian church and I joined them. I liked going there, and felt strength from that, and felt that there was a Christ and God. After I got married to my husband, I had an instant family, as my husband was widowed with two pre teen sons. I felt we needed religion to blend us as a family. My husband was a Mormon, he was baptized at age 21, but had become inactive due to a series of life events. He felt it was not his place to teach me about the LDS church, as he was not practicing. I continued to go the the Christian church, but when they found out my husband was a Mormon, they acted very strange, as they did not like the LDS Church. After this reaction, I walked out, and did not go back, because their reaction included my husband, the man I loved. A little while later, my husband came in contact with his previous home teachers. When they heard he had remarried, they came over and visited us, and then invited me to participate in the missionary discussion. I did so, and the first time I walked into a LDS chapel, I felt the Spirit. While I was taking the discussions with the missionaries, my husband and his sons got reactivated. One year after I was baptized, we were sealed in the temple, and four years later, we had another son born to us. My testimony is important to me, I know what the purpose of life is to me, where did I come from, why am I on this earth, and where will I go after this? I know that i will be together with my family forever. I know I am a daughter of our Heavenly Father and that Jesus Christ is my brother, and He atoned for all my shortcomings. He will be next to me when I will meet my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

At this moment, I serve in the local presidency which oversees the young women (between 12 and 18 years of age), and their adults leaders. In our area that amounts to about 275 young women. . I love this calling, to be surrounded by the youth, and feel of their energy and their strength and hear their strong testimonies of their faith. I will be serving in this for a little while longer until I am released in order to serve a full time mission for 12 months with my husband in the area we live. One of most favorite parts of my current calling is to participate in an event called "Missionary Preparation". All the high school seniors (17-18 year old young men and women) are invited to this. It is a 15 week course that prepares them to serve a mission for our Church. For the young women, this is optional. I am amazed every time while attending this course, how much stronger and more faithful the youth are then I was at this age. And every year the group becomes stronger and better. I am also a visiting teacher to three women in my ward (local church community). When I will be released of my current calling, I will be serving together with my husband. I am looking forward together, to work and serve together and through this grow even closer and stronger in our relation. I am also looking forward to grow in my faith, and to be able to share the joy of my faith with those around me.