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Hi I'm Eliza

I'm a hoopdancer, a musician and a Mormon

About Me

I'm a college student - just trying to get through life while enjoying the experience as much as possible. I have a pretty wide range of interests, and I love to learn new things. I am currently pursuing a degree in Graphic Arts, and plan to study music technology after that. I love pizza, photography, the ocean, maps, and movies that make me laugh. In my spare time I hoopdance and write music. I am awed and amazed by the beautiful gift that is the world we live in, and grateful every day for the many different things I am able to learn from and experience.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I choose to be. I was born into the Church, and grew up learning Scripture lessons and singing songs about Jesus. But it wasn't until I was about 15 or so that I really started to think more deeply about the gospel and what it was that made me hold on to it. During my teenage years I wavered a bit in my activeness - I always believed in God, and I knew I did. But as far as the church itself, sometimes I took it seriously, and other times I honestly went only because my family and friends were there. I relied on other people for strength, and took the gospel and my own testimony for granted. Over the years, however, as I watched many people I knew and loved leave the church, I began to realize more and more how just important it was that I had the gospel in my life. I needed to find my own strength. You know when you just get a feeling about something - like you know it's really important but you can't quite explain why? That's the way I've always felt deep down about this church. Gaining and realizing that testimony didn't happen overnight. But as I've been able to mature and grow from the gospel and from the things I have experienced in my life I have felt that same quiet feeling again and again that where I am right now is where I'm supposed to be. Doesn't mean I understand every bit of church doctrine or blindly agree with everything God says - but I know in my heart that I'm in the right place. And that's the honest truth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by simply trying to be who God would want me to be. I do my best to follow Him, to do what he's asked, and to help others to do the same. I know when I'm being that person because I can feel the difference when I'm not. I know God knows me and my imperfections, and I feel that as long as I keep trying I will someday be able to become that person in all her entirety - perfect in love and understanding, like Him.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

We dress up for church to show respect for God and the purpose of why we are there - which is to worship and remember Him and the sacrifice made by our Savior. Guys typically wear either a suit or a nice shirt and tie. Women wear dresses or skirts that are stylish, but modest and appropriate (modest meaning skirts are at least knee length, dresses/tops have sleeves and a back, and are not extremely skin-tight or low cut). Since a church building is a place of worship, investigators are encouraged to dress in the same standard when visiting Sunday services - but you won't be kicked out of a meeting for wearing jeans and a t-shirt. In the Church we celebrate Christmas and Easter, and usually have special worship meetings for both - but outside of church LDS members also celebrate national, secular, and personal holidays depending on their location and personal preferences for celebration. Show more Show less