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Hi I'm Elain

I grew up in Oregon. I work with people, children and adults who have dyslexia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of two girls and a grandmother of one, a grandson. I am a fairly recent college graduate with a public health degree focused on health promotion and health behaviors. I have volunteered doing wellness clinics and facilitating groups helping people manage their chronic diseases. I presently help children and adults who have dyslexia with reading. I love to read, hike, and go camping. Soon I will be leaving on a two-year mission for our church with my husband.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was growing up my family did not attend a church. Occasionally my grandfather would arrange for someone that lived close to us from his church to come and pick us up so we could attend his church. I remember one particular Sunday while waiting for our ride, I was pondering if there really was a God and if Jesus was really there. In junior high school I had a friend that I would go with to her and her parents church each Sunday. I also participated in their youth group. One day in high school she told me that she had joined another church. I asked if I could attend with her. She wasn't too keen on the idea of me coming because she knew my parents wouldn't allow me to join this church. I persisted and eventually she arranged for the missionaries, Elders, to meet with us at the school during lunch time. I found out that it was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mormons. I listened to the discussions, read the Book of Mormon, and eventually took the challenge from the elders of praying to God to see for myself if what I was reading was true. I prayed with a sincere heart, asking God if what I was learning and reading was true. I felt a warm sensation in my heart and knew that all of it was true. It took me a little while to convince my parents that joining the Church was important to me and was the right thing for me to do. Eventually they allowed me to join the Church at 16 years old, and it has made all the difference in my life. Having the gospel in my life has not only answered those questions I had in my youth, but also has helped me raise my children with good solid standards which in turn has helped them become contributing adults in their communities.

How I live my faith

I am involved in our branch working with children ages eight to eleven years old both on Sunday and during the week with Cub Scouts. I also visit teach three sisters, visiting them each month discussing a spiritual message and help them when need, such as taking them to doctor appointments and grocery shopping. I also go out with our local sister missionaries assigned to our branch visiting community members sharing uplifting thoughts, spiritual messages, and providing service.