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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I'm a student. I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large family, as number 7 out of 10 kids. Girl-boy-girl-boy all the way down. We were a musical family-all the girls played violin, all the boys played cello, we all played piano and sang, and some learned a couple other instruments or tried their hand in sports and academics. I met my husband in high school 12 years ago and we have been married for 7 years now. My love for him has continuously grown as we've played and learned and loved and worked together through easy times and tough. We have 4 beautiful children; one wonderful boy and three amazing little girls. They, of course, consume the majority of my time but it is such an amazing thing to watch them grow and learn and gain confidence and choose to do good things all on their own. I have, without a doubt, the best job in the world. I am still in school, still working toward that seemingly-elusive degree. I love spending time with my family, especially during the beautiful Idaho summers. My favorite hymn is 'How Great Thou Art'. I love how it talks of the things God created for us-from the grand universe to the birds and the trees. Far greater than anything, He designed a way for us to return to His presence and gave His only begotten son to make it possible. Everything from the very beginning when we lived in heaven with Him, to the beauty that surrounds us here on Earth, to the potential we have of returning to His presence-all these things are evidence of God's love for us.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon. I used to wish I had some great conversion story, but then I realized that even people who are born members have their own conversion stories. Mine goes like this: I grew up in the church. I never doubted it. And as I have grown and have lived the principles taught, I have gained a witness and stronger testimony of the things I've always known to be true. My testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints means that I will forever be with my family, even after death. My testimony means that I can pray to my Heavenly Father and He will answer me. It means that I can receive revelation and guidance for me and my family. It means that my Savior and Redeemer lives! And I can live with Him someday, with my family, if I keep the covenants I have made with Him in the temple and do all that I can to live like He did.

How I live my faith

Right now, I serve in my ward as a young women leader. These girls are amazing, unique, strong individuals who face much harder challenges than those that I saw as a youth. I love getting to work with them and I am grateful that the Lord has chosen to work through me to teach and strengthen them, even learn from them. I have witnessed His influence many times as I have prepared for a lesson or activity. He is mindful of each of them and each of us. Other than that, I live my faith by loving my family. I teach songs to my children about gospel truths. Many of them they now know by heart. I have found that the best lullabies are the sweet songs and hymns of the church, that tell them who they are, why they're here, and that they are loved. With the inspiration of my oldest and the Spirit as well as the editing help of some family members, I was able to write a song that speaks of a topic so dear to my heart-the importance and eternal potential of families. As a member of the Relief Society, I have the privilege of visiting with a few of the sisters in my ward each month. We discuss topics of the gospel, of being women, and of serving others. I have come to love these women, and am grateful to know them. I know that visiting teaching is one of the ways the Lord looks after all His children. We are His hands. Life has its struggles. But I know that when I am living my faith the best that I can; reading my scriptures, keeping a prayer in my heart, trying to be an example of Christ-like virtues, praying to my Father in Heaven, focusing on my family and others, all my struggles are made bearable and all my joys are full.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Imagine someone very special to you wrote you a very personal letter in which they shared things that were of the utmost importance to them and you. You wouldn't show it to just anyone. Those whom you'd share it with would have to be equally special and important to you. While Heavenly Father does love all of His children, He can only share the most sacred and special ordinances of His gospel with those who are prepared and ready to receive them. Anyone can go inside the Temple, but they must first prepare themselves to be worthy to enter. The steps to do so are the same for everyone, and begin with becoming a baptized member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less