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Hi I'm Ellen

I grew up in Okla. and now live in Tenn. I have 3 children and 9 grandchildren. I've been a Mormon for 40 yrs.

About Me

I love to read! I also enjoy crosswords and other word puzzles. And I like flower gardening & raising houseplants. I've always enjoyed school; I love learning! I received my first college degree when I was 40 years old and hope to continue my education in the future. I've done office work, been a store clerk, done income taxes, and for the past 20 years I've worked in healthcare, doing X-Ray and CT exams. I enjoy helping people. I'm the mother of 3 wonderful children and their spouses, and I have 9 precious grandchildren! My family and my faith mean everything to me!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with a basic belief in God and Jesus Christ and sometimes attended Christian churches with friends. We weren't a religious family, though, and didn't live as such. I was 15 or 16 years old when I first heard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As I heard of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, the Spirit told me that he was a prophet of God and that the book he had translated was the word of God. I had such a strong, wonderful feeling! I didn't tell anyone what I had experienced, though, and put it in the back of my mind. A few years later, when I was 19, I was going through a difficult period and began praying desperately for help. I eventually realized that it was time to act on that previous feeling and knowledge. So I contacted the local missionaries, met with them, and was baptized and confirmed a member of the LDS Church a few weeks later. Over the past 40 years, my testimony has grown and strengthened. I now know, without a doubt, that we have a Father in Heaven who knows each of us individually and loves us as we are. I also know that Jesus Christ is our Savior; He lived to show us who we should strive to be, suffered and died for our sins, and was resurrected so that we, too, may have eternal life. I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the word of God, and that prayer is our direct, personal line to Him. I know that He will guide our lives if we will ask and allow him to do so. I know that when I'm striving to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and staying close to my Heavenly Father, my life is happy and successful, and my priorities are straight! And I know that when I let the difficulties of life pull me away from the gospel and I try to handle life on my own, I'm not as happy, life becomes drudgery, and I often make poor decisions. I'm very grateful for God's love, patience and guidance! And I hope to serve Him well!

How I live my faith

Developing and maintaining a relationship with God and Jesus Christ are very important to me. I go about this through prayer and scripture study, church attendance and participation, and service. My aim is to develop a Christ-like love for others. Over the years, I've served in the church's children's, youth, and women's organizations, and I'm now embarking on a new adventure and service opportunity as a full-time missionary for a year! I'm excited for this opportunity to learn and grow!

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Ellen
Yes! The Bible is a holy record of history, stories, teachings and doctrine written by holy men of God as directed by the Spirit. It contains a record of God's dealings with His children in ancient times and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ while He lived upon the earth. We study and teach from the Old and New Testaments, along with the Book of Mormon, which we believe to be a companion to the Bible. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Ellen
Our family relationships are very important to us and we place a high priority on them. They are second only to our relationship with God and Jesus Christ. We believe that the family unit is God's design for the growth and nurturing of his children. We also believe that family relationships can last forever, not ending in death. In our temples, sacred ordinances are performed that bind families so that they may live together in eternity. Show more Show less