Hi I'm Elizabeth
I'm a single mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, an adopted mother, and a foster-mother. I have always loved the idea of being a mother. My first passion was to be a mother, especially to little babies. I love spending time with my children and taking them places. I feel like I'm staying younger by living my life through my children. When I need time away, I love going to garage sales and finding things to recycle and make new again. I love to fix up things and make them beautiful, and I love finding things at good prices.
Why I am a Mormon
All of my life I have been looking for a family in my church. Every church I went to left me feeling dissatisfied. Then I met the missionaries and came to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I felt loved by the people and finally found my "family" that I had been looking for. I felt more loved by the people at church than by my own family. Throughout my life, I wanted to know how I should live my life, and no one ever taught me that until I became a Mormon. I might look different than those around me, but my church family loves me for who I am on the inside. That's the love I feel when I am around them.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
One day, before I joined the Church, I was having a tough time with one of my adopted children. I was going back and forth, wondering if maybe this child needed to be in a different home with a two-parent family. Something told me to get out and go to the store. After shopping, I was walking out of the store, and I was feeling really bad. I didn't want to give up this child. I wanted to keep him, but I was worried I was being selfish by thinking that and wondered if it was better for him to be in a different family. I remember praying, asking for help, crying, and worrying that I would have to give up this child. I looked up and saw two missionaries, like two angels answering my prayer. When they spoke to me, I felt peace and knew that Heavenly Father was answering my prayer through them. The missionaries taught me for a whole year and a half and never gave up on me. After going from church to church, I finally joined the church. I didn't want to get baptized until I knew for sure it was the right thing. I prayed about it, and that's how I knew it was meant to be and that it was the right thing for me to do at that time in my life.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by teaching my children. I teach them about faith, gratitude, service, prayer, and how to treat other people. I also try to teach by example. I have five adopted children, and we always go to church on Sunday. We participate in all of the church activities, even during the week. I try to teach my children by following the guidelines from The Family A Proclamation to the World.