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Hi I'm Liz

I love giving service. I'm a family of one. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college graduate who expected to be married in my early twenties. But the Lord had other plans for me. Instead of young motherhood, He led me to the other side of the country and a career in business, where He is teaching me about His children: how to love them and how to lead them. When I'm not working with people, I enjoy experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, curling up with a good book - young adult fantasy and Jane Austen included - visiting with friends and family, or sharing what I've learned recently on my blog. I love to learn, and find joy in creating - whether it be a garden, a clean house, beautiful music, or a delicious meal - the opportunity to exercise my God-given creative power is a wonderful blessing in my life!

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been Mormon for a few generations, but that's only part of why I'm a Mormon. The most significant reason I'm a Mormon is because of an experience I had as a young girl. I read The Book of Mormon and applied the counsel given by Moroni in the last chapter of that book... When I prayed to ask God if the book was true, He answered my prayer and gave me a sure witness of its truth. My knowledge of the truth of The Book of Mormon is the foundation of my testimony. Being a Mormon brings me great joy. I feel happy when I know I am living the way God would have me live and doing the things He would have me do. When I feel His love, a witness of truth, or when I experience the joy of watching someone else make covenants with God to live His commandments, I remember again how much my faith means to me, and I am grateful we have a loving God who is guiding our lives.

How I live my faith

I teach the women in our congregation about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I pray for my brothers and sisters - the ones in my immediate family as well as the ones I go to church with. I serve in the temple so others can worship and learn about Jesus Christ. I sing in the choir. Even when I'm not at church, I try to live with integrity and make the teachings of Jesus an integral part of my life, at work and at home. I find that for me, faith is not something that is only expressed on Sundays, but is a part of my everyday life - I pray at work, I study scriptures at home, I seek for the Spirit of God to guide me in all my interactions.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Liz
A testimony is a confirming witness by the Spirit of God that a doctrine or a principle is true. When Mormons share their testimonies, we share the things we know or believe to be true. Sometimes we share experiences or evidence that helps demonstrate why we know. My testimony is one of simple truth. I know God lives. I know He loves me. I know He guides my life. I know He has a plan for all His children, and that we can become like Him and to live with Him forever. I know He sends prophets to the earth - Joseph Smith was the first prophet in our time, and we have a prophet even now. I know the scriptures are the word of God - The Bible, The Book of Mormon, and other words that are revealed by the mouths of the prophets. Most important, I know that Jesus Christ lived, that He atoned for our sins, that he was crucified and resurrected so we could all live again. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Liz
A Mormon Church is the place we go to worship Jesus Christ on Sunday. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to join us in these worship services. Our Churches are also used during the week, for youth activities, athletic events, addiction recovery group meetings, or religious education. A Mormon Temple is also a place of worship, but it has a different function than our Churches. It is a place that is holy, set apart from all worldly things, and is considered the House of God. In the temple we perform sacred ordinances such as baptisms or marriages. Temples are not open on Sundays, but are open during the week for worthy members to enter and worship by receiving ordinances of salvation for and in behalf of those whose mortal life has ended. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Liz
Because Mormons consider temples to be the House of God, there is a careful interview process to ensure that only those who are worthy are permitted to enter. Those counted worthy are recommended by their local church leaders after they are found to be living by the standards and commandments that God has given. The wonderful things that happen in the temple are sacred, so we don't talk about them openly and freely. You may have had a very personal experience during your life, one that means a lot to you but might not mean much to someone who doesn't know you well. Would you advertise and share your special experience with just anyone? Probably not - it would feel more right to only share with those who are close to you, who would understand or appreciate how much it means. In the same way, the experiences we have in Mormon temples are sacred, and are only shared with those who are appropriately prepared to understand or appreciate their meaning. God has set the standard we must live by before we can go inside the temple. Anyone who desires to go to the temple may do so - indeed, He wants you to be there! If you wish to go, simply live the standards and commandments He has given so that you can obtain a temple recommend. The temple is one of my favorite places on earth - a place of peace, joy and refuge. It is well worth any sacrifice required to go inside. Show more Show less