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Hi I'm Liz

I'm a "retired " consumer advocate, grandmother of 10, love gardening and square dancing. I have fibromyalgia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 10 grandchildren with two of them living 45 minutes away and the other 8 living in WV. Having earned a Human Services degree in my late 40's, I worked for a short time with very troubled children. Before moving to Indiana my husband and I homesteaded 8 acres of wooded land in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. I tended several large organic gardens, raised meat rabbits, free-range chickens, and goats. I loved the yogurt and cheese I made from the goat milk. I now tend one good sized backyard garden and enjoy the conveniences of city life. I used to roller skate frequently, following former competitive dancers and copying their steps--until My husband and I learned how to square dance. That is our chief dating activity. I spend a lot of time designing and sewing matching outfits to dance in. We dance several times a week and like to go to the state and national conventions. Our first ever cruise will be a square dancing one this January. We also shoot pool and play ping pong at our city's community center. I enjoy spending time with the grandchildren and we travel frequently to visit with the 8 who live in WV. In 1973 I enjoyed a relatively brief time as a consumer advocate, having been made a celebrity of sorts over night by a news media hungry for something unique. I was encouraging friends and neighbors to boycott meat in response to it's rapidly rising costs. Today, I probably would do something different under similar circumstances.

Why I am a Mormon

I was first attracted by the emphasis on families--the cultural halls in which everyone enjoyed basketball and other wholesome actives, the large stage on which various members shared wonderful talents and great productions were performed. It wasn't long before the doctrines became the primary focus of my interest. My life was badly in need of a new direction and the principles of the Gospel as taught by the church answered all the issues. Reading and praying about the Book of Mormon was the most significant process in my conversion. For the first time, I understood exactly who Jesus Christ is, the purpose of His mission, and the teachings that lead us back to our Father in Heaven. A recurring debilitating anxiety over the concept of death was taken away through it's teaching about the Savior's resurrection and the fact that it means I too will be resurrected and live forever. The doctrines of the church taught me that I am of great worth as a child of God and through His plan, I can reach the great potential that He has ordained for me. Since adulthood, I have always wanted to be a force for good in peoples lives, but didn't know how or have the opportunities to do so. The church has given me much experience and knowledge as well as situations for that. The Church has always been and continues to be a great source of opportunity to discover and use my talents and to grow in ways that I never imagined. It's teachings continue to be a source of strength and help. I am greatly blessed as I strive to follow Christ and to become more like Him. The bottom line is this: I have been given a strong witness by the Spirit that the Church is the Savior's, restored by Him through a living prophet and guided by Him today through a modern prophet. I am most happy and comfortable at those times when I strive to be the best Mormon possible.

How I live my faith

I currently teach a class of four year-olds which requires a great deal of preparation and prayer. Getting and keeping their attention in order to truly teach them something is a challenge given their short attention spans and energy levels. But I have really enjoyed creating visuals and activities to aid in their learning. I am a visiting teacher which means that I visit at least once a month a few other women of my church unit, usually presenting to them a brief message that is geared to strengthening and encouraging them. Occasionally this involvement means assisting them in times of need. I help pack bags of groceries at our storehouse which are then delivered to those in need of food assistance and participate whenever possible in church organized community activities. In my daily life, I try hard to follow the teachings of the Church leaders and those in the scriptures. My "mission statement" scripture is one from the New Testament: "do nothing out of strife or vain glory." When I remember that scripture, I can make the correct choices in response to stresses brought on by the imperfections of others. Daily scripture study strengthens my testimony of the Savior and helps me follow His commandments. Although I sometimes wish I was better at it, I try hard to emulate the Savior in all of my personal relationships and I feel His love when I am successful. Church responsibilities and keeping the commandments come first, often requiring sacrifice and sometimes inconvenience and/or additional monetary output, but I have never regretted those choices. In fact, many great blessings have come to me as I have striven to keep the covenants I made at my baptism.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jesus Christ and God, His Father restored the Church of Christ through the prophet, Joseph Smith. Therefore it is not accurate to say that any one mortal man "founded" the church. At least not in the same sense that Wesley or Calvin founded their churches. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the power and authority given to man by God to preach His gospel and perform the saving ordinances thereof. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

When we exercise faith in Jesus Christ, we do the things that will make us better people, better spouses, and parents. Christ gives us the strength to successfully weather the trials of life. Our imperfections can be swallowed up in His perfection, thereby turning our weaknesses into strengths that nurture strong families and relationships. As we strive to become like Him, which having faith in Him, involves, we become more patient, forgiving and more selfless. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

I well remember the day when we heard that all worthy men, regardless of skin color, or ethnicity was now able to receive the priesthood and enter our temples. There was great excitement and rejoicing by peoples of all races and ethnicity throughout the church. To truly understand this issue and the significance of the change, one must believe in and accept the doctrine of modern and continuing revelation. The restriction that produced much criticism and prejudice against the church was not the result of racism or bigotry but came by revelation to a prophet from a loving, wise God, our Heavenly Father who loves all of His children. I have and will always believe that it was His love and concern, His divine sense of, and commitment to the values of justice and mercy that caused Him to temporarily withhold the blessings and responsibilities of the Priesthood from some of His children, without restricting them from joining the church. It was also by revelation, again to a prophet, by the same God, that the restriction was lifted. We are not always given explanations for Heavenly Father's dealings with His children still experiencing mortality. We do know that in His Wisdom, he wants us to accept and respond to some things in faith, trusting in Him for the final outcomes. Show more Show less