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Hi I'm Elaine

I'm a mom of 6, 3 boys and 3 girls. I raised my family in Southern California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was a stay-at-home mom of 6 kids. Now all of my kids are grown and on their own. I struggled to find out who I was after my youngest left home. I always had a role in life...daugter, wife and mother. Then I felt I didn't know who I was anymore. A few years ago, after a lot of soul searching and praying to find out where I fit at this stage of my life, I was listening to General conference, and a talk about being a child of God answered all of my questions and prayers. I had known I was a child of God since I was a small child, but all of a sudden it took on a new meaning for me. I didn't have to be anyone but my Heavenly Father's daughter. I could be me and that was enough. As I came to understand this I felt a great sense of peace. Now, I focus on being the best daughter of God I can be through service and loving those around me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have always had the truths of the gospel in my life and the peace that those simple truths bring. When I met my husband, he had just returned from serving a mission. He was not raised in the gospel and had a hard life growing up. I truly realized how blessed I had been to always have had the guidance of the gospel and the Holy Ghost in my life. It doesn't mean that life has always been easy, but when life gets hard I know exactly where to turn for answers and comfort. I know where I came from, and I know where I am going. I can always turn to my Heavenly Father, and I know He hears me and that my Savior shares in my sorrows. I don't ever feel lost or alone. I can't imagine living this life without knowing I am a child of God, and that one day I will return to Him, and that my family will be with me forever. This brings me the greatest joy and peace in this world full of confusion and heartache.

How I live my faith

I love meeting new people and getting to know them. I like learning about the ways I can help ease their burdens. As I do this, it eases my burdens. My husband recently retired and we moved to Utah from Southern California, where we had lived for the past 34 years. I left all the friends and church members I had known since we had gotten married. As we settled in our new area and home, I looked for ways to get to know our new neighbors and ward members by finding ways to serve them. We immediately volunteered to go with a group from our area to the Ronald McDonald House and make breakfast for the families staying there with their children. It was a great way to meet and get to know people. My husband and I have now been called to serve a full-time mission for the Church and we are excited to continue to serve not only our Heavenly Father but those around us in our community.