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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, medical doctor, dressage rider, and the best decision I ever made was to become a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in New Jersey in an agnostic family with wonderful parents and siblings. We attended a Prebyterian church and later a Unitarian church and often talked about religion and ethics at home. I was always interested in religion and in prayer. I majored in biology in college in East Orange, New Jersey and then went to medical school in Philadelphia where I became more serious about my search for a religion that would provide meaning and understanding of life. It was there that I joined the Mormon church. Then I spent a few years in the Phoenix, Arizona area finishing my medical training and working as an emergency department physician. I moved to Utah, married, and had 4 children. I currently work at Brigham Young University Student Health Center. My other interests are riding horses and reading.

Why I am a Mormon

I knew from childhood that there is a God who hears and answers my prayers. When I was in high school I had a friend who was Mormon and who gave me a Book of Mormon. It took me about 5 years to get around to reading it. When I was a medical student and I faced some life and death experiences, I seriously investigated a lot of churches searching for the God whose spirit I had felt as a child. Finally, I read the Book of Mormon. In that book I found the most profound spiritual concepts I had ever encountered and most important, I found the same God whose love I had felt as a child. I wanted to be close to God and I prayed a lot. One day when I was praying about my desire to overcome all my sins so I could know God, my mind was turned to the Savior Jesus Christ. I was filled with the knowledge that He atoned completely for all of my sins and mistakes. I felt so much joy and gratitude and had a strong desire to follow Jesus. I started attending church and learning about the restoration of the church Jesus established in his mortal lifetime. I learned about personal revelation which I had already experienced. I learned about the nature of God, faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, priesthood authority, gifts of the Spirit, covenants and ordinances. Everything I studied made sense to me and brought me more and more joy. I am so grateful that the Lord brought His church into my life because of the hope, peace, love, and joy it brings to me and my family.

How I live my faith

My faith affects me every day. When I get up in the morning I pray by myself and with my husband. In the evening we study scriptures and pray together and separately. We go to the temple where we learn more about God and where we do ordinances that seal families together forever. I work in the church's women's organization by visiting 2 women once a month and helping organize device activities. We are now planning an activity in which we will make hygiene kits, literacy books, children's games, and dolls to send around the world to areas where people are suffering from poverty or natural disasters. Every Sunday we go to church where we learn about the scriptures with our friends. My husband and I pay a tenth of our income to help support the building of temples and other church maintenance. One day a month we forego 2 meals and contribute a "fast offering" equivalent to at least the cost of those two meals to help the needy in our area. Our son went on a full-time mission for 2 years to the people of Wisconsin. 2 of our daughters and our son married in the temple so their marriages can last throughout eternity. Most important, we try to love everyone and look for opportunities to serve every day. We certainly are not perfect in our devotion, but we try to follow Jesus' teachings because we love Him and He loves us and gives us hope that we will be together as a family forever. We want those blessings for all of God's children.