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Hi I'm Lizzy

I'm a recreation therapist, seminary teacher, wife, caregiver, outdoors lover, and a bit of a nerd. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I have a Black Labrador that I love to take to the lake and play ball with. I love to go hiking, swimming and backpacking. I don't remember a time in my life when I haven't wanted to be a writer. I write short stories, dabble in poetry, journal, and have an on-again-off-again-it's-complicated relationship with a novel I'm working on. I'm a blogger-nerd for silly shows, books, and other things I like. I also enjoy video games, specifically platformers with a lot of colors. I've been married over four years to my high school sweetheart. He is a wonderful emotional support and he's my best friend. We don't have any children, but we have been trying for years. I'll be graduating college in December as a recreation therapist; basically, that's a therapist who uses recreation as a treatment method. The area I have the most interest and experience in is adults with intellectual disabilities, but there are many other populations I can branch off into. I have been a caregiver with the same client over five years, and get semi-regular babysitting gigs. Between all that and teaching Seminary five days a week, things get a little busy! Prayer, and knowing when to take a break makes it manageable.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom brought me up in a very fundamentalist Christian church, but I stopped believing in that around 10 years of age. I searched for 6 years for some form of truth before coming across the LDS church, which I was very skeptical of at first. I knew a Mormon from school who I began coming to seminary with to learn more. Soon he became my best friend and I was always asking his family questions about the church. I got more involved with church and youth. I was hesitant to join the church because I was afraid of what my family would say, but that changed when I read the Book of Mormon. I felt I should get baptized immediately when I was in the middle of Alma and at youth conference my senior year of high school. I got the missionaries to give me the discussions and I was baptized shortly after turning 18. Over six years later, most of my family has come to accept it as part of who I am, and a decision that has made me happy. It would take me so long to truly answer "why I'm a Mormon." I suppose the simplest answer is that through my prayers the Lord has led me to a church with a true prophet of God and with true, living, life changing scriptures. I know it to be the church of Jesus Christ, and my main motivation is to follow Him.

How I live my faith

In the past, I have been a teacher for primary children and a secretary for the church's women's organization. I am in my third year of teaching seminary, which is a class for all Mormon high school students that, in this region, happens every day there is school from 6:00-6:45am. I have never had a calling that has been so simultaneously difficult and rewarding. I remember being called the day after I turned 23, and feeling completely unfit for the job, but the Lord does amazing things. I am so grateful for the youth for and their influence in my life: for making me better than I was before because I have to be for them. Teaching keeps me asking, praying, reading, and engaging constantly with the scriptures, and less afraid every day of sharing my testimony with others. We always try to maintain a good marriage and to work on qualities we need to have to help raise and support a family. I believe that is very much tied in with our faith, because a marriage in the temple is a three-pronged covenant with God, and the purpose to that covenant is working together to have an eternal family and be with Heavenly Father again. This is why in addition to just making time for having fun with my husband, we make time to go to the temple and pray together. I also like to share the gospel with others. I go on lessons whenever I can with the full time missionaries, give people rides to church activities, and write about gospel centered topics or experiences online. Living your faith is just that- a way of life.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Mormons don't drink coffee, tea (excluding herbal), alcohol, smoke tobbacco or do illegal drugs because it is commanded by God. This commandment, called the Word of Wisdom, was recieved by the first prophet of the church, Joseph Smith, and can be found in a book of his revelations called Doctrine and Covenants, in section 89. I find it amazing that he recieved a revelation against tobbacco, especially because the general public did not even find it unhealthy back then. It is also advised to eat plenty of grains and eat meat sparingly. Many promises are given to people who obey the Word of Wisdom. They are promised better health, and it is one of the requirements needed to recieve the blessings of the temple. Mormons also obey this commandment to keep their agency in tact. Agency is the ability to control your own descions, is essential to salvation, and is greatly impaired when a person becomes a slave to addiction. No one thinks that they will become an addict and loose every thing when they first partake of drugs and alcohol, and yet it happens to so many. This is one of the reasons it is wise to not do it, but the most important reason is that it is commanded by God. Also, the Word of Wisdom has nothing to do with caffeine, but is a personal decision with individuals. So feel free to have a coke. :) Show more Show less

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?

Having the priesthood is the power to preform miracles in the name of God on earth, but people cannot use it on themselves! Having the priesthood gives no personal power gain to the holder, but is instead a means to serve others. I do not beleive that the entire population needs the priesthood, just as the entire population does not need the power to have children. In the Mormon church, it is beleived that the physical body and the spritual body are both eternal and both essential. Women give birth to the physical body, and by having the ability to baptize, bless, and heal, worthy males help give birth to the spiritual body. Perhaps there is some reason that men need to have the priesthood more, but I know through prayer that the organization of the priesthood is from God. Any successful marriage requires husband and wife to be equal partners. Women are leaders in the family along with their husbands, lead the relief society in enormous service efforts, and are very strongly advised by modern prophets to get their own higher education. Show more Show less