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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I'm a missionary, poet, musician, artist, don't mind the smell of horses, climb trees and mountains and I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised mainly in the western United States of America, a fact which I am proud of. I love my country! I love animals and the outdoors, things that I was blessed with in abundance having lived the life of a cowgirl as I grew up. I've been to many countries, including England, Scotland, the Netherlands and Canada and love the diversities of all cultures. I served a mission for 1 and 1/2 years in the New York Utica Mission from which I returned August of 2014. That has been one of the crowning experiences of my life. It was absolutely the hardest -I struggled emotionally, more than I ever have- but the absolute most rewarding experience. I learned how to keep going even when I didn't want or feel qualified to. One of the absolute best things about my mission is it was there that I found who is now my fiancé! I never expected that to happen but the Lord works in the most mysterious ways and I thank Him for not being entirely obvious: life would be no fun otherwise!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, like the prophet who driven by love continually led and fought for his people and cried repentance unto them despite their stubbornness and being past hope. I was born into a family rooted in the gospel but I attribute my being counted part of the Lord's army to knowing always for myself that His Gospel is true. I cannot ever recall a time when I doubted the truth of the Gospel, but I recognize the individual experiences and revelations that have increased my conviction. I was baptized when I was 8 and I remember the excitement and the overwhelming feelings that I experienced that day. I have seen and been a part of a lot of things that would shake any person's faith but despite the difficulty, sadness and feelings of despair, I always have retained hope and its source is always the confirmation from the Holy Spirit that my Savior loves me, knows who I am and what my potential is and that He has invested everything He can in me and that I am worth all the mistakes and blessings. I read the Book of Mormon on my own for the first time when I was 13 and prayed to know if it was true. I will never forget the power and glory of the feelings and knowledge that flowed into me by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been my best friend and has taught me more than anyone ever could. I find no greater joy or inspiration than when I am doing what I know is exactly what the Lord desires. He blesses me, in every way, more when I am obedient to His commandments than when I do anything else. I have listened to and studied the words of the current prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and no power could ever cause me to deny that he is called of God and the one man most capable of performing the duties that only a prophet can at this time in history. I love him and know he loves me. I will defend the gospel at the entire expense of my comfort. It is my reason for living and my greatest desire is to ignite the same feeling in the hearts of all my brothers and sisters.

How I live my faith

I always hope to be the kind of undeniable, shining example that Jesus Christ is. I strive daily to present myself in a way that shows I undoubtedly love my Savior and my brothers and sisters and am trying my very best to be like Him by the way that I speak and interact with the people and situations I encounter. I do read my scriptures every day and pray morning and night, expressing my deepest feelings, desires and gratitude to my Creator because everything is only possible by His hand. I could never adequately express the magnitude of the joy I feel when I bear my testimony. I bear it every time that I receive an opportunity to do so and I see the blessings that come because of my willingness and desire to share the gospel with the world. When I know that I must do a thing (despite how it might seem to inconvenience me or others) and I know that it is absolutely what the Lord would have me do, I do it. I cannot say that I am always perfect in this because I often fail, but I retain hope and enthusiasm that helps me to keep trying always. I've had a few callings in the church and I love to teach. I love the happiness that I feel when I see that those I teach are touched and inspired by my taking the time to share with them the love of the Lord that is in me. Whenever I see that my faith is lacking in some aspect of my life, I strive mightily to improve in that area and I always feel the approving and steadying hand of the Lord guiding me to become ever more as He is.

What is faith?

Elizabeth
"Faith is knowing the sun will rise." We have no control over whether the sun will rise or not, but we know every day that it will. We know because we have seen it, even though we cannot touch it. The same is true in the gospel. We have faith that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live and are actively involved in our lives, even while we cannot physically see, touch or hear them. The Lord blesses us according to our faith. When we ask Him for something, believing whole heartedly that He will give to us according to our desires, He gives "to [us] liberally, and upbraideth not." (James 1:5) Faith takes the place of fear; if we are afraid that the Lord will not answer us, we are not trusting Him and He cannot help us as much if we don't trust Him but when we are devoted in our hearts to Him and believe His word then He can bless us with all we ask for that is right. Show more Show less