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Hi I'm Eliza Jane

Hey there! I LOVE living "La Vida Mormona" in South Florida. Sunshine, Hurricanes, and MORMONS?! Yup, that's ME!

About Me

I grew up in sunny South Florida, went to school here, and I get to live, laugh, work, serve, and PLAY here! YAY! I also have the pleasure of working with local non-profit social service/human service agencies and local government to make the world a better place one program at a time. As Public Affairs Director for my Stake, I get to blend my calling with my career to build relationships, strengthen communities, and help educate and prepare our communities and members alike about the importance of disaster preparedness, provident living, and linking arms with our friends, neighbors to become partners in creating positive change in South Florida. I love music, singing, modern art, books, roadtrips, sunflowers, animals, Twizzlers and writing. I creatively express myself in my blog, in my pottery, and in just being my goofy self and spending time with my incredible husband! I'm basically just a great big KID at heart and will probably never really "grow up" :) Just as art and writing keeps me creatively centered, Temple work and Temple service keeps me spiritually centered, and I truly treasure my time to learn and serve with my husband as workers in the Orlando Temple.

Why I am a Mormon

Hmmmm, very good question. A very curious person by nature, as a young girl I grew up in a home where my dad was the only member of the Church, but wasn't actively practicing his faith until I was about 10 years old. Always encouraged to seek, learn, read, and find out for myself, I felt very comfortable and was always encouraged in exploring different cultures, peoples, and faiths. At the time both my younger brother and I had attended a private religious school and their Sunday programs, had gone to various religious summer camp programs, had gone to church with friends and neighbors, as well as with my mom to Mass.... So, naturally, when I attended Sacrament meeting with Dad, and listened to the talks about finding out for myself whether the Church was true by reading and by prayer, this was something that totally made sense to me. It just clicked inside. I felt, in a way, I had come home. My parents--having been born of very goodly ones--had taught me as a young girl to search for knowledge and wisdom... little did I know at that time it was a basic principle of developing a relationship with my Father in Heaven and a testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Did I also mention that I'm a bookworm, grew up around, between, and among books, and I LOVE to read? I read the Book of Mormon for the very first time when I was almost 11, and have re-read it many times since. This book, more than any other book, forever changed my life. When I listened to the missionaries or listened to the leaders at Church meetings, I always appreciated the fact that they would tell me to "not take their word for it," but to find out for myself, to pray to God, that He'd let me know what was true. OK, when I got down on my knees, asking to find out if the Book of Mormon was a book of God, if it was true, if all the things about Joseph Smith and everything actually happened, and if this was a good thing for me to be a part of, (a lot, I know--but these were critically important things for me to know before going any further in learning about the Church) I felt for the very first time an amazing feeling of warmth, happiness, and peace. I had never felt anything like it before--but in my life's journey so far, I have several times since. I am so blessed to be able to take comfort and peace from knowing that I am a daughter of a Living God, who loves me, you, and every single person on this earth SO much that he sent our older brother,Savior, and Redeeemer, Jesus Christ to atone for our sins, giving us the chance to live with Him again. Knowing my divine nature helps me understand my purpose and tremendous individual worth, and that keeps me grounded, keeps me centered, and reminds me how precious and important this gift of life is. These days, it's so easy to forget or be distracted--life's frenzied pace, multi-tasking lifestyle, and technology continually reshaping and reinventing how we live and communicate everyday. Media, mobility, social networking, applications, distance-and-virtual learning and working environments are replacing a simper era literally as I type this. Beautiful yet scary at the same time. Simply put, I know that God hears and answers our prayers, I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the Word of God, that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and gives an account of Christ's visit to the peoples in the Ancient Americas. I know by praying and receiving confirmation through the Holy Spirit that Joseph Smith saw what he saw as a brave young teen way back in 1820--both God the Father and Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son-- that he indeed was the Prophet called of God in this last Dispensation of the Fullness of Times; and that through his actions, the Holy Priesthood was restored on the earth again. I know we have living prophets today to guide us and direct us as a people, just as God keeps talking to us, answering our prayers and guiding us. He never stopped. I especially am grateful for the re-establishment of Temples across the earth and am so thankful to know that our families can be together forever through the sacred ordinances and work that takes place there. This knowledge I have and the faith I have are as a result of learning and growing and literally "experimenting upon the Word of God," through prayer, through practice applying and living the principles I've been taught. I have my share of mistakes and experiences where I haven't lived in accordance to what I've been taught--we all make mistakes, stumble, and fall--but we have the blessed opportunity to get back up, keep on going, learn and grow from them, being able to take away precious knowledge and wisdom after going through the cleansing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. From the experiences I've had, I'm grateful to have been fortunate enough to testify of and know of the power of repentance, and growing through that process and becoming closer to my Savior and my Father in Heaven. I feel blessed to be able to live in these modern times, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ restored on the earth, and to live in a vibrant, diverse, beautiful community. I love my multi-cultural family and worshipping in my AWESOME multi-cultural ward. We all look different, speak several languages, come from different countries and backgrounds. But we unite as brothers and sisters in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, living our faith, learning, growing, and serving together every day in this tropical paradise. Sharing my faith and values as I build relationships of trust and understanding brings me happiness and joy--helps me to "Stand a Little Taller" and to "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Again, you asked, why am I a Mormon? I asked a question as a young girl, about what happened to a young boy over a hundred years ago, read a life-changing book of sacred scripture, prayed about it really hard, and heard in my heart and felt in my soul the voice of the Holy Spirit telling me, "It's TRUE!" (And, you can, too!) And that's made all the difference.

How I live my faith

Well, I help plan large community events such as the Day of Service, emergency expos to talk about provident living and hurricane preparedness for members and the general public alike, I work with our church groups (called Stakes and Wards) and local and regional leaders to help get some of our local activities of interest out into the media markets. We were fortunate to capture an awesome Pioneer Trek from South Florida youth in local and national articles--wow, youth trekking across the wilderness and NOT going to the beach or Disney? Are you serious? YUP--and it was AMAZING :) I also get to work as an ordinance worker, volunteering my time to learn and serve in the Orlando Temple :) There's so much to learn--from our friends and neighbors in the community, from each other, from our families, in our work, in our homes, in our schools--and so little time! I truly strive every single day to be a little better than the day before, to live my life--in both work/public, in church, and in private/home--in accordance to my faith and beliefs in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some days I'm more successful than others (as I'm far from perfect); but I know it's an eternal journey of learning and progression, taking one day at a time and striving to walk hand-in-hand with my Savior. Faith, Family, Friends, Food, Fun, Fresh air...To me, that's what "Living La Vida Mormona" is all about. Wanna learn more? Come on down and check us out :)

Are Mormons Christians?

Eliza Jane
If you define Christians as believing that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of the Father, our Savior, and Redeemer of the World, and that Christians believe that the Bible is the Word of God--then YES, Mormons ARE Christians :) Show more Show less