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Hi I'm Alana Elein

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

About Me

I am a 27 year old graphic designer. I enjoy designing and programming websites as well as more traditional print design. I have a printing studio of my own where my husband love to create screen prints for musicians and other events. We have been happily married for three years and my husband is currently in graduate school to become an architect. We both have a great love for design in all of its forms and like to work together on self initiated art projects.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a part-member family. My mother was a recent convert to the church when I was born, but my father never joined, this is still the case. I was raised with an understanding of living life with the principles of the gospel and living without it. My mother carefully taught us the principles of righteousness and the values that would keep us safe and help us to have greater joy. We were encouraged to make our own choices and to seek out our own understanding of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ as we got older. It was difficult to live the moral standards of the church throughout my teenage years but as time passed I saw the great benefit of heeding those values I was taught. I love each of my parents whether member or not, and having a knowledge of my Savior and his love for me has helped our family to overcome many trials and challenges. I received my own testimony of the gospel in my earlier teen years. I remember being encouraged by church leaders to learn for myself and pray sincerely to know if what I was taught was true. They knew it was important that I believe in Jesus Christ by knowing him personally. The closer I came to knowing of His life and sacrifices and the more I studied the scriptures, (The Bible and The Book of Mormon) the more I felt of his peace and the spirit of the Holy Ghost testify to me that the fruits of this gospel were true. I know this now, because throughout my life I have found refuge in the comfort of my Savior and I live worthy to be prompted by the Holy Ghost. I have felt a sureness in my heart and mind that He lives and that He loves me. I was able to attend church seminary for four years durring highschool. Durring that time I was able to study the scriptures in detail and learn more about the Prophet Joseph Smith and the sacrifices he made to bring forth the church. Each time I read Joseph Smith's personal account of the vision he had as a 14 year old boy, I am convinced of its truthfulness. I find no malice or falseness in those words, only peace. I have prayed and asked my Father in Heaven personally if such things were true and I have felt a confirmation that they are. It is difficult to explain the tender spiritual experience that I have had personally that have solidified my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and his church on this earth, but the scripture that says "by their fruits ye shall know them" repeats often in my mind. I have only experienced safety in the teachings of the church, happiness, individual worth, self confidence, encouragement and integrity. These fruits are good and are a testimony to me that the teachings are true.

How I live my faith

I have been an active member of the church all of my life and have served in many callings in the church. I have taught the women in Relief Society and the children in Primary. I get great joy out of performing the service of teaching and learning about Christ with those I attend church with as well as my friends who may be members of other faiths. Speaking of Christ brings me closer to him and I come to know him better and try harder follow his example. I have always had a special connection to my ancestors and grew up on the land that my great great grandparents have settled. I have done a lot of research lately to connect my family tree from every branch I can reach and it has been an extremely spiritually gratifying experience. I am grateful for the lives they have lead and for the ways their choices have shaped my life and my future for my good. I hope to provide the same to my children and their families.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Alana Elein
For those who believe in baptism, they know that the Lord requires baptism in order to be admitted to his kingdom. Because God is an unchanging God this is true for all of the Lord's children who have reached an age of accountability. In our church that age is eight years old. We consider children of eight to be capable of making choices which are right and wrong and making the individual choice to be baptized. Children who die before the age of eight do not need to be baptized because they are innocent and the grace of the Lord is sufficient for them. We baptize to cleanse away sin and covenant with the Lord that we will follow him. Since little children are incapable of sin they do not need to be baptized, and we do not believe that they will be punished for Adam's transgression (Articles of Faith 1:2). If the Lord would require such baptism one would wonder... what of all those who have passed away who have never known about Jesus Christ or who have never had an opportunity to be taught about his gospel and choose for themselves if they do believe it is true? There are millions of the Lords children who have lived on this earth and have not had an opportunity to learn of Jesus Christ. Certainly he would not deny them or reject them because of this? Because, God is a just god and a loving god, he provides a way for the ordinance of baptism to be provided vicariously for those who have died with out it. In his perfect plan of salvation he leaves none to wander. He provides a way for them to receive the ordinance of baptism by having the work done as proxy by living individuals. Once the ordinance has been preformed the deceased individual is able to accept or deny the baptism for themselves, nevertheless it is provided for them. God will provide every one of his children who have lived on the earth an opportunity to hear of the gospel of Jesus Christ and know of the plan of salvation and be baptized if they accept it regardless of when or where they lived, whether in this life or after it. In doing this proxy work for our deceased ancestors we provide them the ordinances they need to enter into the Kingdom of God. After all, the Savior gave his life for us that we may repent and be made clean to enter into the presence of God as well. Just as that work was done in our belaf we too can help deceased members of our eternal family return to the presence of God by providing proxy baptism for them. 1 Cor. 15: 29 "Else what shall they do if do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" This scripture speaks of the resurrection and essentially asks, why would we do this work if the dead were not to be resurrected? Paul goes on to teach that indeed we are resurrected through Jesus Christ's atonement. If we are then resurrected and our bodies are restored we will then need to qualify for the Kingdom of God by having been baptized. To me, performing baptisms for the dead is an act of service. I am able to perform ordinances for those who cannot perform them for themselves and thus help them receive entrance into God's Kingdom that we might all be there together. Show more Show less