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Hi I'm Liz

I'm originally from a little town in New Mexico. I attended Stanford and now teach Biology. I live in California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an educator, a singer, and a lover of life and nature. On a given day, you'll find me teaching high school biology, going for a trail run in the nearby redwoods, and then singing with my a capella group.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I have experimented upon the word of God, and I know the fruits of this Gospel are peace and joy, even during times of sorrow. My testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints grew first from questions I had about life after death when I lost my grandparents in a tragic car accident in junior high. Since then, I have felt the love Heavenly Father has for me and each of his children so many times when I have felt lost or alone. I have learned that Heavenly Father has prepared a plan of salvation, a plan of happiness, for each of his children. Part of this plan is to come to earth where we may gain experience and our faith may be tried that we will learn to trust in God.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the Stake Music Chair in my area. A "stake" is our word for a group made up of several nearby congregations, which we call "wards". I love this calling and the opportunities it has given me to grow. Right now, I'm preparing over a hundred young men and young women to sing two songs for our upcoming stake conference. One of these songs is an arrangement of the hymn "The Lord is My Light" which I composed for the youth. In my version, I have the young women singing "The Lord is my light", the young men singing "The Lord is My strength", and both groups singing "He is my joy and my song!" I love to hear the testimony bourn in this song. I also love to serve in the temple, and work there several times a month. Finally, I find great joy in being a visiting teacher. In this capacity, I visit two wonderful sisters each month. I have a great testimony of visiting teaching--many past visiting teachees or teachers have become lifelong friends and I consider them my true sisters.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

While it's true that women don't hold the priesthood in the Mormon Church, we are blessed with the power of the priesthood through our participation in temple ordinances and have access to the priesthood through the men in our homes or in our wards if we are single. I have always felt that I had many opportunities to lead as an LDS women. I have served on Ward Councils for several years and have had the opportunity to voice my opinions and ideas for ward activities, projects, and programs. I currently serve as the "leader" of music activities in my stake, or region. Show more Show less