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Hi I'm Liz

I'm a mother to three wonderful children. I'm an Air Force Wife. I live in the South. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just celebrated my eight year wedding anniversary to my best friend and have three wonderful kids. In my free time I enjoy running, blogging and baking. I graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in History and minors in Spanish and Sociology. I taught Spanish at a small private school until my second child was born and I'll return to teaching some day when my kids are older. My husband is a member of the US Air Force, so we are in Mississippi while he completes pilot training. I moved twelve times before graduating high school and have moved at least twelve times since, so I am used to change. I've lived in Nebraska, Utah, Oregon, California, and now Mississippi. When my husbands military training is over I look forward to staying in one place for a while.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a religiously diverse family. One set of Grandparents are Catholic, the other are Protestants. (Grandmother was a Southern Baptist and Grandfather a Methodist) My Father is a Unitarian Universalist and my mother is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. (Mormon) My mother converted to the gospel when she was a teenager so my siblings and I were brought up in the Mormon church. Our activity in the gospel and church was sporadic in my youth and it wasn't until I went away to college that I decided it was time I know for myself. Although I had been baptized when I was younger, it wasn't until I was 20 that I was truly converted to the gospel. I wanted to know if what I had been taught was true, so I began with the basics. I started to pray morning and night, read the scriptures and attend church regularly. The change I felt in my life was immediate. I finally knew for myself that what I had been taught was true. I fell in love with the gospel and began to really know WHO my Savior is and WHAT He did for me. I am a Mormon because I believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Saviors church restored once again to the earth. I believe He is at the head of the church and leads it through revelation and inspiration to His appointed leaders. I believe that the Book of Mormon is scripture and an important companion to the Bible. I believe in living prophets and that President Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet on the earth today. I believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and through Him we can return to live with our Father in Heaven again someday.

How I live my faith

I believe that one of the best ways I can live my faith is through service. The Savior taught us to love one another and to serve one another and I try to do my part. In my ward (congregation) I'm the Cubmaster for our Cub scout pack. I enjoy spending time with the kids and helping them earn their different ranks and advancements. I come from a family of five girls, so the scouting program was completely foreign to me. The only thing I knew about it came from my husband who is an Eagle Scout. It has been a fun learning experience for me and one I am thankful for. I try to live my faith at home so my kids can grow up with a foundation that will help them overcome the many challenges that lie ahead. We have family prayer and scripture study every day and set aside one night each week for "Family Home Evening" where we have a lesson and activity. Being a mom is the greatest job I could ever have and even though I am not a perfect mom, I try and set a good example for my children by following gospel principles.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Liz
Self-reliance is really important to my husband and me. We decided early in our marriage to make self reliance and emergency preparedness a priority. My husband and I met while working for a bank and saw day after day the need to be self-reliant. The financial crisis that hit a few years ago is the perfect example of why we need to be prepared for the unexpected. We are counselled to have three months wages in savings and a year of food supply. My husband and I don't have quite that amount, but if we were to meet with hard financial times we would be able to stay afloat for a while. I had a friend who's husband was laid off right before Christmas and they were able to use savings for their day to day costs and had enough food storage that they didn't have to purchase a lot from the grocery store. There are natural disasters happening all over the world. Even though many governments have systems in place to help in case of disaster, imagine if each family had 72 hour kits, water to last at least a week in case of dirty municipal water, food storage to last until help came and money tucked away for a rainy day. Maybe we'll never need any of our emergency supplies, but if we do, I know we'll be grateful we invested the time and money in preparing. Show more Show less