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Hi I'm Elaine

I'm a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a retired nurse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in a rural setting but I have also lived in 26 cities or towns and 7 states through the years. I had 2 and 1/2 years toward a Teaching degree when I married and started a family. After my ninth child was weaned, I returned to school and 3 years later received my BSN. I worked as a nurse until retirement age except for 8 years when I worked in two different offices. Before working as a nurse and while having my kids, I worked part-time in several places but mostly in public, medical or college libraries. In the early 60s I was introduced to computers and they became a hobby but I didn't own a PC until the 80s and it was the 90s before I got on the Internet. During the 90s I taught myself how to create spreadsheets and design databases on the PC but haven't kept up with the ever expanding technology behind them and PCs. All my life I've enjoyed playing sports but don't care to watch them and enjoy hiking and being out in nature. Even so I have struggled with weight issues and other problems. I also enjoy writing and was an AVID reader until I started my family and didn't have time but still enjoy reading a well written book, fiction or factual, to this day. I love doing puzzles of all kinds, especially jigsaw puzzles, and enjoy playing video games for relaxation. I'm not much for watching TV but do go to movies that my children and grandchildren recommend to me. I also have a fascination for observing human behavior in different settings and situations.

Why I am a Mormon

I cannot imagine what my life would be like if I wasn't a "Mormon." The world is a tough place and full of confusion and seeks to divide me from my Father in Heaven and gets worse with the passing of time. My faith in Jesus Christ is my rock and my refuge and even though I have been a "Mormon" since birth and my parents taught me the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ while bearing their testimony, their witness, to me, I have had to search, ponder and pray to receive my own testimony so I could be weaned from theirs and have my own rock and refuge from life's storms and so I could bear my own witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ, of the correctness of His teachings and of the saving grace of His Atonement that caused Him to bleed from every pore in Gethsemane and made it necessary for Him to give up his life on the cross. I know the reality of His resurrection and that all who have walked, are walking or will walk on this earth will, at some point after their death, receive resurrection for themselves which will unite body and spirit eternally and that includes me. I also know that in My Father's House there are many mansions and my works, my obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how I serve and treat my fellow travelers in this "vale of tears" will determine which mansion will be mine. I am a "Mormon" because for me there is no other way, no other path to My Heavenly Home. The path is straight and narrow and I need all the help I can get and Jesus Christ taught that we should love one another and serve one another and being a "Mormon" opens many opportunities to do that. Also My Father loves me as much as He loves the Israelites and the members of the church Jesus Christ established during His earthly ministry and so He has given me, the world, a Living Prophet and Apostles to expose the works of Satan, to strengthen me, to love me and to give me guidance in this very wicked world.

How I live my faith

My faith is my heritage because my father's ancestors were converts the first few years after the church was organized and my mother's ancestors were converts in the mid 1800s. However, by my free will and choice, I have made that heritage my own and have taught doctrinal and life skills classes in the church to children, teens, younger adults and older adults. I have served as president or councilor in the children's organization, the young women's (teens) organization and the women's organization throughout the years. I have done visiting teaching which means I and a female companion had assignments to go to the homes of other women in the church at least once a month and visit with them while also giving a lesson and asking about their needs and problems so we could to help them directly with life's challenges (or find a resource for them) while strengthening them in faith and doctrine. I have testified of Jesus Christ and His Atonement many, many times through the years and have mourned with those that mourn and rejoiced with them when Tender Mercies from Our Father have been experienced. Though all of that, I have been the one who has been blessed and strengthened.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Elaine
No. There is no requirement to serve a mission but is a matter of free choice. If we truly strive to follow Jesus Christ and desire to do as He did, then we must serve our fellow beings and seek to support and love them even as Our Savior supported and loved those around Him during His life on this earth. One of the best ways, the most organized way, to serve others is by serving a mission since the results of service is multiplied and the effectiveness of service is greatly enhanced when there is a TEAM effort as opposed to an individual effort. It is also a great way to be unified with our fellow travelers on this earth to make this world a better place and to better withstand the buffetings and temptations heaped upon us by Satan and his hosts. The depth of service and love that a mission requires can only be achieved through choice and not through force. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Elaine
There is no need for a woman to have the responsibility of the Priesthood placed upon her because she has access to every blessing that men who hold the Priesthood of God can have without being at risk to misuse or abuse that Priesthood. As a woman, I am grateful and thankful that I can enjoy the blessings but not carry the burden of having to take great care that the Priesthood is not misused or abused by me since the misuse or abuse of Priesthood Power has grievous consequences. I have had many responsibilities and leadership experiences within the Church, without holding the Priesthood, that have blessed my life and helped me to grow and progress. My Heavenly Father loves me as much as He loves any of His Priesthood holders, including the prophets and apostles!! Show more Show less