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Hi I'm Carrie Eliza

and I'm a Mormon

About Me

During my childhood years, I moved every few years because of my Dad's job as an accountant for the LDS church. My family lived in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and South Africa. In college I was drawn to foreign travel and culture and I interned with different organizations serving children in Romania and Uganda. Today I am a mom to two toddlers and a baby and I am a wife to my favorite friend and hero. I love being a sister and a friend. I spend time with my sisters and mom on the phone, chat and email. Some of my favorites things include my food processor, my piano and my colored pencils. I enjoy the chance to dance and sing, but recently my most favorite thing is to read with my kids or sit back and watch them run around in dress-up clothes ie, boots, belts and fairy wings. I love my family and friends and I am so grateful for the gospel principles that tie us all together.

Why I am a Mormon

I enjoy watching the missionary movie 'The Restoration; a story of Joseph Smith' with my family often. The movie begins by conveying a simple, peaceful feeling of hope found in a young boy of fourteen years. In a time of much religious debate and confusion, Joseph Smith found solace in the scripture of James 1:5 which directed him to pray for direction in his faith. One of my favorite parts of that movie shows a quick exchange between a father and a son. Joseph's father spends time whittling and carving out a small toy horse for one of his younger sons. The movie narrator quotes the scripture in Matthew 7:11, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" Every time I see this part of the movie I think of my relationship with my children. I give all that I can to my kids and I spend countless hours making and preparing them small, loving gifts each day. I know that God is a loving father. I know that he spends all of his time and energy striving to make life good for us. When we are still, when we are calm, we can feel His peace. Through the feelings of peace and assurance that the Holy Ghost offers, I know that this Gospel is true. I am sure that God appeared to Joseph Smith, and through him, restored His gospel today for us to follow. I am so grateful for this understanding and the knowledge we can learn from the Bible, Book of Mormon and modern day prophets.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite things about being a member of the LDS church is the camaraderie and welcome I find among my fellow sisters in the church. I enjoy my volunteer job as a visiting teacher because I get to share intimate, spiritual experiences with close friends by preparing inspired quotes and lessons to share with them in their homes. I like volunteering in the primary, offering myself to play the piano or help in the nursery. Of course, I live my faith most prominently in my every day actions at home as a wife and mother. I aspire to be a mother who shares her testimony often, teaches correct morals and lives by example. I share Bible and Book of Mormon stories with my children over breakfast and I pray with them by the bedside at night.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Carrie Eliza
As Mormons we believe that our spirits can continue in unity with our spouse and family beyond death when we are married in the LDS temple by the proper priesthood authority. We believe that this priesthood authority is referenced when the Savior says to Peter, "I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven," Matthew 1619. The divine keys that Jesus speaks of can perform ordinances that seal or bind blessings that will extend beyond the experience of one’s life here on earth. Words from "The Family A Proclamation to the World," states "Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ." Because we believe that the sealing ordinances of the church can build eternal relationships across generations, our church encourages family history work. We believe that our ancestral family members will each be given the chance to accept temple ordinances ie baptism and sealing covenants, and if they so choose to accept, they will be offered the eternal blessings associated with those ordinances. As members of the church, each of us are stewards over our family history. We also believe that God has directed us in our divine roles as husband, wife, father, mother, brother or sister. Success in our homes can be found through kindness, respect, forgiveness, wholesome activities, love and unity in family prayer.  Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Carrie Eliza
Relief Society is a women’s organization that brings women from all over the world together to share values in Jesus Christ. We provide service for our community, we make dinners for new moms, we look out for one another in times of need. But most importantly, we share faith in gospel principles with one another. We buoy each other up in hard times. Recently, my family has gone through a rough move. My children are young and very dependent and my husband is often gone for work. When my apartment flooded, a member of my Relief Society (RS) helped me settle into temporary housing and provided child care while I got some groceries. Another RS sister brought my family dinner. Through the Visiting Teaching program in RS, we are assigned to pair up with one other sister and travel together to visit others’ in their homes. We share our testimonies of Christ and offer service to one another. I feel so very blessed to be a part of a Relief Society who looks out for one another’s welfare and provides spiritual guidance and encouragement. Show more Show less