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Hi I'm Elise

I was born two blocks from my house. I love art- drawing, dancing, singing- you name it! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

If I were asked to describe myself in one word, I wouldn't be able to do it. I'm an "all-over-the-place" kind of girl, with broad interests and hidden talents. One day you may catch me reading Harry Potter (for the 8th time) and another you'll find me dancing. I also love to sing, draw, play games, practice my flute skills, cook... The list goes on and on. Basically what I'm getting at is that I'm pretty normal :) When I was younger I was dead set on being a dancer when I grew up. I took ballet, tap, and jazz at a studio until my younger brother started having seizures. This took my family on a wild journey, learning about epilepsy and autism and all kinds of things that go along with it. I had to quit going to dance, but I promised myself I would get a job when I was old enough and return to it. And I did! I danced ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theater, theater tap, pointe, and hip hop at my old studio and even joined their competition team, which I enjoyed participating in for 3 years. My dream of being a dancer fizzled out as senior year of high school I experienced a major injury. I made it through the end of the year and worked hard to heal and dance well again in college, but it has become more of a hobby than a lifestyle for me now. Still, dance has created many more opportunities for me in college- choreography jobs, teaching jobs, and fun clubs to participate and meet new people in. In the future I am considering pursuing Human Resources or Public Relations!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the LDS Church. My faith came first through my parents. They taught me the principles of the church, how to tell right from wrong, and what is most important in life. My faith came second from my oldest brother. He was an amazing track runner- always practicing, always pushing himself, and always dedicated. When I began high school he sacrificed 2 years of training to serve a mission for our church. I recognized what a huge deal that was, even at a young age. My faith came third from searching. As my brother served his mission I began to consider what my faith meant to me. Could I sacrifice my time as he did for something I wasn't 100 percent positive about? I began praying and reading my scriptures in earnest. I always lived the standards of the church but I began to seek out the reasons why. How do I feel when I keep the Commandments? What does daily scripture study bring into my life? What is most important to me about the Gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? My answers never came in a single, awesome, hallelujah moment. My faith grew every day in the simple peace I felt as I strived to follow Christ's example and be the best I could be. My faith grew as I learned to recognize the Spirit and see Heavenly Father's hand in my life. My faith grew as I testified to others of it. My faith grew as I lived it by example and saw it touching other people's lives. My faith is now a knowledge. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true gospel of Jesus Christ, restored on this earth by Joseph Smith, a prophet of God. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, as is the Bible, and that the two of them work together to teach us about our purpose here and our history as a faithful people. I know that Thomas S. Monson is truly a Prophet of God on the earth today, with the power and authority to direct our church. I know that I am a child of my Heavenly Father. I know that He loves me. I know that He loves you too!

How I live my faith

For me, living my faith is mostly living as an example. I had a ton of experiences with this as a dancer- I had to stand up and say no a few times, to things like inappropriate choreography or costumes. One of the neatest moments of my life was at a dance convention with my studio. I was taking class with my team and we immediately recognized that it was not a class like we'd ever taken before. The choreography was rude and not suited to our age group at all (and I would argue not suited to ANY age group). I was the first to walk to the side of the room, pull on my studio jacket and begin packing my bag. I was the only member of the church on the team and I knew what was happening was wrong, but I wasn't sure if the other girls recognized it. As I turned to exit, shouldering my bag, I found my entire team packing up too. We left together. Others followed. Within my church I have held many leadership positions but I find that the most impactful way I live my faith is moments like that. Because I know my identity as I daughter of God, I have already chosen how I will act in every situation. I cannot say that my team would have left with me if they had not seen me act in similar ways in the past. If I had faltered and made different decisions in the past, they might not have known exactly why I was leaving- but they did. I live my faith by choosing the right. I live my faith by explaining my decisions when others don't understand why I didn't choose the "popular" thing to do. I live my faith by loving everyone even if our opinions differ and our standards are not the same. I live my faith by working hard and trying again if I make mistakes. I live my faith- my faith is my lifestyle.