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Hi I'm Elayna

I'm a wife and a mother of eight. I am a business owner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for almost 24 years. Having eight children has been the greatest, yet most challenging thing I have done in my life. One of our children came into our family through adoption. I never imagined in my life that I would ever adopt a child, but the idea to adopt came into my mind and I could not let it go. I have come to learn that many adoptive parents have this same experience, and thus begins a quest to find the child out there that needs them. My husband and I searched many months to find our child. It is more difficult to find opportunities to adopt children when you already have seven children of your own. Just when we were about to give up, the opportunity to adopt literally fell into our laps. I have learned that life brings us many experiences that we might never expect or ask for, but if we keep our hearts and minds open to opportunities, and go forward with courage and faith, then life can become more full and rewarding than we could ever have imagined. As much as possible, I include my children in my work and my hobbies. All of my grown children have worked for me in my business. I have been able to teach them more deeply about responsibility and quality of work this way. My children garden with me, we do work projects around the house together, read, sing and play together. Time with our children is so short and our chance to influence them lasts only for a short time. I want to be able to say that I did my best as a mother.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, but my decision to continue to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ was made as a young teenager when I began to see the consequences of following Christ's teachings and keeping the commandments as taught by prophets of God. I read the Book of Mormon and found out, independently for myself, that it is true. This confirmation of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon is available to all earnest seekers of the truth. I love the Book of Mormon. Living the gospel has brought my life so much happiness, peace and fulfillment. I have been able to avoid many pitfalls of life by keeping the commandments. When I have made mistakes, and I have made some, I have been grateful for the gift of repentance. Through the atonement of Jesus Christ, I have been able to repent and make things right in my life. Guilt and sorrow have been replaced by peace and hope. I have come to know the great power of turning to the Savior and receiving His help to overcome and conquer my weaknesses and flaws that keep me from progressing in life. His power is real and available to all His children. I know that God loves me. I have known this since I was a small child. I have known in my heart that he knows who I am and that I matter to Him. I am not anymore special than any other human being on this earth. God knows every single person. He knows your name and mine. He knows everything about us and how to help us. There is great power in reaching out to Him in prayer and vocalizing what is in your heart and what it is you need help with. This seems to open up the powers of heaven in your behalf. Perhaps greater than any other blessing I have received by being a Mormon is that I have come to know God and His son, Jesus Christ. They are my friends and I know that I am never alone no matter where I am and the lonely circumstances I might be in.

How I live my faith

I have had great opportunities to work with the youth of my community and my church. I love the youth. They are smart and so much further ahead in life than I was at their age. It is a great feeling to be able to teach and influence those who are the future of our world. One of the greatest things about being a Mormon are the constant opportunities to serve and grow in ability to teach and lead and love others. I currently have the opportunity to teach gospel lessons every Sunday in my congregation. It is very important to me that I live what I teach and that I prepare in such a way that others are motivated by and see the value of living the gospel principle I teach. Because I want to succeed as a teacher, I try to live my life in such a way all week that I can receive help from the spirit to teach an effective lesson on Sunday. Living one's faith is just that - a way of life. This means that I pray daily, I read my scriptures daily, and I try to live everyday as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Looking for ways to help others each day is a big part of that, and something I have had to work hard on because it didn't come naturally to me. But I am getting better at these kinds of things little by little. It feels good to look back on my life and say that I am a better person now than I was 10 years ago. That's a big part of the Atonement - being able to change and progress.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Elayna
The body is an incredible gift from God. It houses our spirit. For this reason we refer to our bodies as temples - physical structures, if you will, in which a sacred spirit resides. The health of our bodies truly does impact our feeling of well-being and our ability to be sensitive to God's influence in our lives. One of the most important things we can do for our bodies is to refrain from putting into our bodies any substances that will cause us to lose the freedom to make choices for ourselves. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are examples of these things. To be able to have full control of one's choices and behavior is vital to a happy and productive life. Show more Show less