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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I grew up in Virginia, work in Utah, love children with autism, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Southern Virginia. I grew up surrounded by trees and the Shenandoah Valley and anytime I travel I miss it dearly. I worked with children with autism for over four years now and I love it. I recently received my Masters in Special Education through an on-line program, and am now pursuing my BCBA while working. My brother, Granger, has Sensory Processing Disorder and was a very influential factor in my desire to pursue special education. Teaching has taught me so much about people and myself and how we all need each other in order to truly grow and succeed. I love nature, rocking out in my car while I drive, music, history, theater, stories in any form, asking questions, and hearing the thoughts and feelings of others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church by a fantastic family who taught me to ask questions and seek out answers in wise and virtuous places. Being a Mormon has influenced all of the major decisions in my life, and many of the small ones. I decided in my early teens to continue being a Mormon because of the positive experiences I have had with prayer, in which I felt that my Savior loved me and was pleased with my life's choices. At church and the temple I would feel those same feelings and that was a confirmation to me that being a Mormon was to be surrounded by truth. As I have grown and experienced life those truths have become more and more apparent and have guided me in a way that is both simple and beautiful. Because I am a Mormon I have an understanding of where I am going, what my purpose is and why there is more to life than simply wit and work. Deciding to continue my life as a Mormon is the wisest choice I have ever made, and continue to make daily.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying daily to understand what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would have me do. I live my faith by studying the scriptures and praying on a daily basis. I try to serve others and to accept other people's invitations to serve me when I need it. Everyday I look for and find examples of how this tumultuous world is full of evidence of God's love and watch-care over us. There are many areas where I could improve in living my faith, so surrounding myself with good people of all faiths has been a great way for me to feel encouraged and inspired.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Elizabeth
Mormons believe that there is a plan for mankind. We often refer to this plan as The Plan of Salvation or The Plan of Happiness. We believe that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know us perfectly. They understand our motivations, our heartaches, our history, and our joy. Because they know us so well we believe that we will each be given ample opportunity to spend eternity where we are the happiest. We believe that all men are given eternal life. We also believe that the way we respond to the knowledge of truth that we are given will determine where and how we spend the eternities. But this earth is not a "pass/fail" experience. Our Heavenly Father and our brother Jesus Christ love us, and by nature they are our justice and mercy in determining how our mortal life will impact our eternity. We believe in integrity and hope and joy, not only on earth but throughout eternity. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Elizabeth
The commonly understood story of the origins of our church is tied to Joseph Smith and his life in the1800's in New York. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him and restored eternal truths and authority through The Book of Mormon and modern-day revelation. However, the beginnings of Mormonism go farther than that. We believe that the doctrines we teach are eternal. We do not view Joseph Smith as someone who created a religion, but rather someone who restored truths, understanding, and ordinances that have been in existence forever. Each religion has it's practices and it's doctrines. With some religions these seem to fluctuate. The beauty of the LDS church is that it's doctrines do not change. We believe in the same God and the same truths that we believed in during Joseph Smith's time. The organized religion that Joseph Smith led is one that is based on eternal principles and revealed doctrines. Show more Show less