Hi I'm Liz
I've been a graphics artist since 1987. I love creating artwork for our Family Business, on my MacPro. Yes, I am a total Apple fan. I'm also a full time mom. When our first child was born, I decided I would rather stay home than have a career. Little did I know that I could have a great career at home from my computer, while I raised our five crazy kids. Life is such an adventure! What other things do I like & do? Well, a lot of my time is centered around our Church activities. We have teenagers, and they love the young Men's and Young Women's programs. I am an adult leader in this program for the youth. This summer I helped with putting together a Girl's camp for over 160 people, up in the mountains. It was so much fun. I love to hike, garden, redecorate my house. I LOVE to paint our walls in vivid colors. Anything to do with green is my favorite. 'Take joy' as quoted by Tasha Tudor is one of my favorite sayings. I am always looking to better mine & my family's life, improve myself & everything I influence and have a responsibility over, beautify everything around me, learn new things, and have more fun. Happiness is the reward, Eternal life is the goal. I love to share what I know with everyone around me.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born and raised in the Church. I took for granted that it was true, like most people raised in a particular faith believe theirs is the correct way to be. But after I married, and had my first baby, so many things changed for me. So many new questions came up in my mind, when I held that sweet baby in my arms. It was then that I felt a huge desire to know for myself if what I professed to believe, really was the truth. That led me on a two year journey of my own, to discover just for myself who God really is, and if I was really His daughter. Was this really His church? I studied, prayed, learned more and more, questioned, pondered and prayed some more. I had to repent of several things I had done in my past. I changed so much for the better, along the way. I am so happy to say, I did find out that this is the only true church of Jesus Christ on this earth. I found out it is true one night while reading the story about how Joseph Smith, a boy of 14 years old, who wanted to know which church to join, went to a grove of trees to ask this question in prayer. He, like me, earnestly wanted to know the truth, so he could live it. As Joseph prayed, Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him, and told him what they wanted him to do to restore the true church once again on the earth. I had read this story many times growing up. But this time I had studied, and pondered and desired to know the truth. I had asked Heavenly Father to answer my question. Was this the true church of Jesus Christ? Well, while I was reading Joseph's account about hearing Heavenly Father say: "This is my beloved son, hear him!" I KNEW. I knew it was true. The Holy Ghost told me, right then, that what I was reading was true! The joy that filled my heart then can not be described. Reading that simple, beautiful story, that one more time, changed my entire life. I knew for myself what was true. I knew that I had found/been in the right church all along.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
Okay, I have to say here, that the Book of Mormon is my favorite book of all time! and I read a lot of books. There's a power in that book. As you read it, you can find answers to so many questions. Joseph Smith said that "it is the most 'correct of any book' and that a person can come nearer to God by reading it, than by any other book," and I know that that is true. I've learned for myself, using that prayer formula I described above, as I read it, over and over again. It is an inspired book, written for our generation. Us, on the earth at this time. As you read it, and ponder it, and ask in prayer, if what you are reading is true, you will come to know, for yourself that it is true. The coolest thing about the Book of Mormon besides that it's true, of course is that it proves that God speaks to us today. Heavenly Father has been speaking to his children for 4,000 years, before Christ, He says that he's the same yesterday, today and forever. So why would he quit talking to Prophets if that were the case. We need his help in this world now, just as much or more than they needed it then. He's not a God who was only interested in His children back in Christ's day. He's alive and He's talking to us. Some people say: 'The New Testament is his last word. He said you can't add to that book.' But they're referring to the end of the book of Revelation which actually was not the last book chronologically written & then included in the New Testament. it was written before several of the other books. The compilers just put it last. All John is actually saying is 'don't add/change the revelations that he gave'. Christ still speaks today. Once you hear His voice, and feel His love in your life, you will never look back. What are you waiting for? Think of these promises, and have some faith. Read the book of Mormon, sincerely, and with real intent. There is a lot more truth you need to know. You are an awesome child of God. Read and learn for yourself.
How I live my faith
It was really funny, how once I got my own knowledge of what I was supposed to be doing, how much I had to change. At first it was hard, because I thought I would be giving up parts of myself that I didn't necessarily want to give up. It turns out that I actually didn't have to give up a thing that really mattered to me. I was just given more and more things to love in my life. One of the things I felt I should stop doing was go to rated R shows. Being a Mom, I didn't want my kids exposed to some of the things that is in shows with that rating. That was a hard decision, and it took time to implement it in my life as I am an avid movie goer. But now I am choosey about which movies I will go see, and what I expose my brain to. It wasn't until much later that I realized that every time I see something really offensive, base, or language that is 'too out there' the Holy Spirit literally leaves. I can feel a 'pop' when I hear certain swear words. It's like He's saying: "Gotta go.'. And he does. I want Him with me all the time. I need his guidance. Being selective of what I allow come into our home, the books I read, the movies I watch, the music I listen to, really makes a possitive infuence in my life. As I raise our kids to be aware of the Holy Ghost, and how He works, it's so exciting to see them make their own choices about what they want in their own lives. Art is so important in whatever media we are into. True art edifies and uplifts me. It helps me become a more loving, caring, vibrant person. It brings so much joy to my life, as I see my teenagers learning the best way to grow up, the best way to be happy & how to avoid those popular pitfalls that leave unhappiness in their wake. Our kids enjoy all the fun things of the teenage years, and have been able to avoid the huge mistakes that Society tries to steer them into.