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Hi I'm Liz

I'm a nursing student, runner, and traveller. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I am youngest of five kids and I love my family more than anything else. After high school I moved to Pennsylvania for nursing school. I am currently in my third year and love it. I am minoring in nutrition and global health and am extremely interested in medicine and health. I aspire to become a nurse practitioner, but I also am just really excited to become a nurse. We will see where life takes me. I love to travel and I spend every moment possible learning about other people and places. I love spending time with my family even if it is only on skype, learning new things, trying new foods, playing sports, going new places, dancing, cooking, traveling, spending time with friends, and going to the temple. I am really excited for life- I am trying to get the most out of it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon and at the age of eight I was baptized into the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by my dad. Over time my testimony of the church began to grow. I vividly remember one day wanted to know completely for myself if it was true. I had a lot of questions and doubts. I didn't want to just be mormon because my family was. I didn't want to just culturally be religious, I wanted to know if for myself. I was about 12 years old and decided to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. Shortly after reading it I prayed about it, I felt a confirmation from the spirit that it is true. This fact has been reiterated to me many times. The longer that I am a member of the church, the more I realize how quickly it yields happiness. This church is centered around our Savior Jesus Christ, the atonement, families, and happiness. Now that I am on my own, and one of the few Mormons who go to my school, I realize how much of a blessing this church is to me. Through the atonement we can become like God, through the temple we can be sealed to our families for eternity, and through following the commandments we can be happier than we have ever been before. This church gives me a lot of comfort- I know that if we are doing what we are supposed to, everything will be all right. If we decide to follow God's plan for us, we will always end up much happier- even if it means making a sacrifice or changing our plans now.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday, attend many church activities during the week, read the scriptures regularly, and I also really enjoy going to the temple. It is about a 2 hour drive from where I live, I try to go at least once a month. At church my calling is as a co-president of my school's LDSSA (Latter Day Saint Student Association). I plan scripture study, interfaith meetings, conferences, and other activities for LDS students here. I am in college at a school where drinking alcohol is the social norm (as it is at most colleges). I have made the decision to not drink, smoke, do drugs, drink coffee, or do anything that would harm my body. I also abstain from sexual relations before marriage, which is also not part of the social norm here. Sometimes it is hard to be seen as someone so different from everyone else, but I have learned to embrace it. I realize that these decisions bring me closer to God and that they are for my benefit and happiness. I am very happy that I made this decision to be part of this church, it has brought me a lot of joy that I have not been able to get from any other source.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Liz
Yes! They can! This is why families are so important. Through the ordinance of temple marriage, husband and wife can be sealed for eternity. We believe that after death we can be with our families forever- if we are sealed in the temple and keep the covenants (promises) that we have made with God. My family is sealed in the temple and it brings us a lot of strength. When you know you will be with your family forever you treat them much differently. It brings me a lot of comfort to know that if I follow the commandments and endure to the end, I will be with my family after I die. We are told in the both the Book Of Mormon and the Bible. In Matthew 16:19 it says " I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven". This scripture is saying that through the priesthood, given from God, we have the ability to be sealed to our families together forever. I know this is true and I want to be sealed to my own spouse and children in the future. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Liz
There are many reasons we are here on earth. The most basic answer to this question is that we needed to receive a physical body so that we can make our own decisions and have experiences. The point of life is to become like God and become better people. Through the decisions we make, commandments we follow, and covenants (promises with God, like baptism, confirmation, and temple ordinances) we make we can become more like God. We cannot do this on our own though. Through the atonement of Jesus Christ we can become more perfect and repent of our wrongdoings. The experiences we have on earth determine what kind of people we are. We need to grow and progress to become the best possible version of ourselves while we are here and have the opportunity. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Liz
The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name, by those called of God. We believe that any worthy male can hold the priesthood. We believe that this priesthood is the same priesthood that past prophets and Jesus held. Those that hold the priesthood have many responsibilities. That includes leading the church (the prophet and apostles), congregations (bishops), performing ordinances (like baptism, temple marriage, blessing the sacrament), and helping those in need (by giving blessings, visiting, and comforting). I have been extremely blessed where my father held the priesthood and could give me blessings so readily available whenever they were needed. I just recently studied abroad in Israel, where the political situation is fairly unstable and according to the media it is deemed unsafe. Before leaving my dad gave me a blessing. In the blessing it gave a lot of promises of protection, safety, and many other really personal things. I wrote it down in my journal and kept in mind the promises it gave. After returning I read through the blessing. Every single thing he had said was fulfilled. I was very blessed to have that experience with a better knowledge of the world and to be completely safe. I was extremely blessed to have the opportunity to get blessings. Show more Show less