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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I was in the U.S. Air Force for 7 years. I am now an Army wife and stay-at-home mom with five boys. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have an undergraduate degree in biology from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in international relations. I was a navigator in the U.S. Air Force. I am working on becoming a Certified Financial Planner. I love to travel the world. In my travels I collect nativity and chess sets. I am an avid reader mostly of children's fiction, self-help, and religious books. I am a self-proclaimed "foodie" and on a journey away from the "standard American diet". I like to bake bread from home-ground wheat. My blender is my favorite kitchen appliance. I have a wonderful husband and five boys: 10, 7, 6, 3, and 2 years old.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but my father was not a member. I am a lot like my father where I take things at face value and want to "see it to believe it". When I was a teenager, you could say I was on the fringes. I went to church, but I did not have my heart in it. I did a lot of things I hope to teach my children to avoid. During college I attended the church's "institute of religion" courses. The classes helped me understand the doctrine of the church and planted more seeds of faith. While I wasn't always living the commandments as I knew I should, I continued to be active in the church. I went through a hard time early on in my Air Force career. I had a caring bishop who helped me understand the Savior's love for me. I have felt Jesus' love and redeeming grace in my life. I know I am a better person as a Mormon than I would be otherwise. I have had many experiences that show God is there and loves for me. For instance, two years ago, I had been feeling like I needed some close friends and prayed I would find some. My prayers were answered through a couple of amazing women, but the Army doesn't keep us in one spot for long and those friends moved away. I was feeling sad and lonely one Saturday morning. My husband and I needed to run an errand to a city an hour away and decided to got to the Children's museum since we were nearby. At the museum, I ran into one of those friends who had moved away. She was on a road trip and stopped to let their son play. It was a joyous reunion and an affirmation God is there.

How I live my faith

My husband is an Army chaplain. He gave up a great career in order to pursue this course. We felt it was the direction the Lord wanted us to take and was a decision that required much prayer, sacrifice, and faith. As a chaplain's wife, I basically have the roll of a minister's wife. There is a lot of responsibility required of that role. I want to be a good "example of the believers" (see 1 Timothy 4:12). Besides participating in the Army protestant chapel community, we actively participate in our congregation (ward). One thing I love about our church is that the wards are divided geographically so that we always know where we belong and don't have to go "church shopping" every time we move. We also attend church wherever we are traveling because I want my boys to know church is important. The church is the same wherever go. This summer we drove across the country and went to church in six different states. We felt at home wherever we went to church.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tithing is a biblical principle. It is an act of faith. I have never been "asked to donate 10% of [my] income" to the church... I have only been taught that tithing is a commandment. The church doesn't ask if I pay gross or net on my income, or how I pay on my investments. No one except the bishop, his two counselors, and the financial clerk knows if I pay tithing or not. It is a very liberating feeling to be able to give the bishop my nondescript tithing envelope or donate online and not have the pressure of having all eyes on me when the collection plate comes around. Tithing is one of the principles required for admission to the temple because it is a very tangible measure of our faith. The Lord doesn't expect more of us than we are ready for. He does not want us to be responsible for covenants we are not ready to make or keep. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I do! I have met a couple of the current members of the Quorum of the Twelve apostles whom we also believe hold the keys of prophesy. I felt the power of God through them and the good spirits they have. I also believe there are false prophets as prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24:24. It is important to be humble and obedient to the commandments so that we can be influenced by the Holy Spirit and able to discern truth and error. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

I was reading comments to a news article where someone posted that Mormon church leaders changed their minds about this issue in 1978 and were racist up to that point. I disagree. I grew up after the civil rights movement and I was raised believing "The [Lord] doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female... and all are alike unto God." -- 2 Nephi 26:3. I was taught that no matter our skin color, we are all God's children. I had a black Cabbage Patch Kid as a child because it was the last one left on the shelf at the store, but it wasn't a big deal and she was one of my favorite dolls. This is my take on why it took until 1978. Sometimes we as a society aren't ready for things and God doesn't set us up for failure by forcing us into things we aren't ready for. "For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little..." -- 2 Nephi 28:30. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has lay leadership. Its congregations are organized by geographical boundaries. Can you imagine a primarily white congregation in the deep south of the U.S. being led by a black bishop or visa versa prior to the civil rights movement? Show more Show less