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Hi I'm Elysse Hunt

I'm an artist, a bird nerd, a student, an avid reader, a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an artist. Drawing and creating are my passion. This has fueled me in starting a business where I draw charcoal portraits for people. I plan on getting my Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Illustration so I can become an illustrator for children's books. Reading is my second favorite thing to do, besides drawing. If I had all the time in the world I could curl up with a good book and read for hours on end. Ever since I was a little girl I have had a special love for birds. I have studied them, observed them, and own a gazillion bird books. One of my best friends is my pet lovebird Sky, who I've grown up with. I am a student. Up through high school I was homeschooled by my mom. When I turned 17 I started at a local community college near me and I have earned my Associates of Arts there. School and the motivation my classes require are hard for me! I'd much rather be drawing, reading for pleasure, or napping. But I am very stubborn and determined to do well in my studies, attributes that have saved me in my hardest classes. I am the youngest of five children. There is a large age gap between me and my siblings, yet we're all so close. My siblings all married or moved out after long and soon it was like I was an only child at home. But now my siblings have children and I get to be the awesome older-sister-like aunt. :) My family means everything to me and I love them dearly. I am so blessed to have them in my life and their love and guidance are priceless to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church, my parents both being Mormons. My whole life I was taught from the scriptures, taught how to pray, taught how to be like Jesus, and taught how to live His gospel. I did believe in the gospel and I did have a testimony. But I did things more out of following what my family was doing and doing what I thought was expected of me. It wasn't until my latter teenage years that I really started on my personal journey in this gospel. I was going to church because I wanted to, reading the scriptures because I wanted to, praying because I wanted to, not because I felt obligated to. I did these things because knew they helped me to feel closer to God and I wanted that feeling always in my life. In a world where standards and boundaries between right and wrong are ever being skewed, it's more important than ever to hold firm to faith in God and our Savior and to build a strong testimony. I am not perfect, nor can I hope to be in this life, but I try to do what is right. I want to live my life in a way that reflects my belief in my Savior and reflects His example. I know that my Savior lives and loves me, and loves every one of us more than we can ever know. I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who has a plan for us, a plan of happiness, that will allow us to one day return to live with Him in heaven with our families for eternity. I know that His plan allows for families to be together for all time. I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven of our sins. I know that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God, and is the truest book on this earth. I have read and prayed about it many times and cannot doubt that this book is truly inspired from God. I know that Christ's true gospel has been restored, under God's direction through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that living the gospel and drawing near to God will truly make us happy because I have felt this joy. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by a regular habit of personal prayer and scripture study. It is so important to me to build a strong relationship with God. My family prays, reads scriptures, and sings hymns together every morning before we go about our daily duties. Every Sunday my family attends our local ward meeting where we partake of the Sacrament (blessed bread and water) in remembrance of our Savior's Atonement for us and in renewal of the promises we made at our baptism. I am a primary teacher in my ward, which means I teach a class of children a short lesson about the Scriptures and about Jesus Christ every week. I also am an Activity Days leader, which means that I plan activities for a group of little girls in my ward to teach them various homemaking skills like cooking or sewing, fun outings, and teach them from the scriptures. When I am outside of my home, it is just as important to me to keep up my standards and my faith as I would inside my home. I strive to live these standards and to be an example of what I believe in to those around me, in friend groups and around complete strangers. Because of my strong faith and testimony of this Gospel of Jesus Christ, I have decided to serve a mission for my church. I have received my mission call to serve in the Salem, Oregon area and I will be speaking Spanish. I am so excited to share this gospel with others, something that makes me so happy and something I know is true with all of my heart.