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Hi I'm Liz

I'm a writer, seamstress, artist, and full-time Mormon mom.

About Me

I'm a full-time mother of five amazing children, ages 8-15, who are rapidly catching up to me in height. I love watching my family grow. My sweetheart and I have been married over 16 years and enjoy spending much of our free time together. In my limited spare time while the kids are at school I enjoy sewing, scrapbooking, and music. I graduated from college with a degree in Elementary Education, but put a teaching career on hold to persue my current occupation of being what my husband terms "a professional mom."

Why I am a Mormon

My family heritage makes me a seventh-generation Latter-day Saint. It's the way I was raised and taught by my parents and grandparents. But there's more to it than that. I chose at an early age to learn for myself that this is the Lord's true church and that I am happier when I'm obedient to the teachings of the Savior and His Prophets. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and know of its truthfulness. I know God loves me as His daughter and guides me every day as a mother, wife, friend, and neighbor to all. Father in Heaven has a plan for us--for all of His children. We can find true joy in life if we'll follow that plan that leads us home to Him.

How I live my faith

It's not enough for me to pray and read my scriptures every day, I feel a strong desire to pass on my love of the gospel to my children. We read the Book of Mormon as a family every day and pray as a family every morning and night. It makes a difference in the feeling between parents and children, not to mention between siblings, when principles of love, respect, honesty, and compassion are central to our lives. We encourage our family to internalize these values so that as they interact with friends, teachers, and others, they can build relationships that are based on trust and integrity. As a family, we value service and are committed to do whatever is asked of us. I have primarily worked with children over the years teaching Sunday School, playing the Piano for youth meetings on Sundays, and working as a Den Mother in Cub Scouts. Currently, I have two responsibilities in the church: to work with the young girls ages 8-11 (among these are my own daughters), and lead the choir that sings once a month in our Sacrament Meeting.

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

Liz
Anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend Sunday meetings at a Mormon Church. Church lasts approximately three hours and consists of three meetings: Sacrament Meeting (where families meet together and receive instruction), Sunday School (where children, youth, and parents attend age-appropriate gospel classes), and a third block that allows women and men and teen boys and girls to receive instruction that pertains to their specific needs in the male/female roles we hold. Children are taught music and lessons that help them to learn basic gospel principles. In church we learn of God's plan for us and the things we need to do to return to live with our Father in Heaven when our life on this earth is done. A Mormon Temple is another place of learning that is sacred to members of the LDS faith. Because of its sacredness and the things that are taught there, temple attendance requires a level of commitment beyond basic membership. One must live up to gospel standards of morality, dedication, and personal worthiness to receive permission to attend the temple. Once a recommend is granted, members enter into special covenants (promises made to the Lord) and receive special blessings. In the temple, we are further taught about what we must do to return to our heavenly home someday. Most temples are open during the week, but are closed on Sundays to allow the workers who volunteer there to attend their Sunday meetings. Show more Show less

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

Liz
God loves all of His children and wants them to return home to Him. He sent the children of ancient Israel a prophet to guide and teach them--a great prophet we know as Moses. We read about many other prophets in the Old Testament who dedicated their lives to helping their people turn to God--Abraham, Isaiah, Elijah, and so on. God has always spoken to man through a prophet, affording His people the opportunity to excercise faith and decide for themselves if they will believe in His prophet and therefore in Him. After the death of the Savior and His Apostles, the priesthood and its authority was lost for a time. No prophet remained to teach the people of the Lord's will. And yet, God was still mindful of His children and began to prepare a way to restore his gospel to the earth in due time. In the early 1800's, during a time of great religious revival in America, a young boy named Joseph Smith inquired of God which church he should join. He was visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ in an event we call "The First Vision." Joseph was instructed, not to join an established church, but to restore God's ancient church to the earth. Joseph was not the first to be called so young to be a prophet. Samuel, for example, was a boy whom the Lord chose at an early age to be trained up in His ways rather than the ways of man. Through Joseph Smith, the Lord restored His church with all the priesthood power, covenants, and ordinances that existed in ancient days. From that time until today a prophet has remained on the earth and has continued to teach us God's will for His children. President Thomas S. Monson is the 16th President of the Church since Joseph Smith and is our living Prophet today. I know he teaches us the mind and will of the Lord if we will have the faith to follow him. Living by the counsel of the Lord's prophets has blessed my life tremendously as I choose to follow in faith and obedience. Show more Show less