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Hi I'm Lizzy

I'm a college student, manuscript cataloger, eating disorder awareness advocate, and Pennsylvania native. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full-time student and a half-time employee, pursuing an English major and a German minor. People are beautiful, and that's why I love working in archives to preserve our memories of people of the past. This belief also motivates my desire to cultivate healthy self-image in people of today and the future. The fine art of communication has always intrigued me because of how it allows us to explore and express beauty. I have always loved writing and reading. German has also become a passion of mine. Growing up as an "east coaster," I have been exposed to a variety of cultures, most particularly the cultures surrounding the arts. My mother was a talented violinist and my father is a painter. Together they have had twelve children, of which I am the eighth. Six of the eight who have (so far) pursued secondary education have studied visual and performing arts and I danced throughout high school. Family, creativity, communication, and most especially my faith in Jesus Christ are central to my life and are in pivotal part of who I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in a home where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was central to the way we lived our lives. My father converted to the Church at the age of 16, while my mother came from several generations of LDS pioneer stock. They love God and so do I. The Plan of Salvation and eternal families are both precious doctrines; my family means so much to me. People have wondered whether or not I was actually free to choose what I believed. What they did not understand was that my parents always believed in allowing their children to make their own decisions. My parents dedicated their lives to educating us in both secular and spiritual matters, helping us develop good habits and giving us righteous principles. With these in hand, I was encouraged to have my own experiences and to build personal faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is exactly what I have done. With my own agency, I have since my youth studied, discussed, and pondered the doctrines that the Church teaches. All of these actions have added to my testimony and given me insight, but I really know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true because the Spirit of God has witnessed this to me in undeniable clarity. I have walked down a path of discovering my beliefs, developing a relationship with my Heavenly Father, while coming to understand, little by little, the power and depth of Christ's Atonement. I cannot deny the hand of the Lord in my life. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Every individual can have an enormous, constructive impact on his or her community, workplace, and home. For me, this is a huge part of what the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches: hope for progress towards a remarkable potential. And living my faith means keeping this in mind. I strive to become more like the Savior, to study the scriptures daily and learn more of who He is and how I can better serve others. In these efforts I remember that I will and do fall short of perfection all of the time, but because of Christ, I have hope to change and become better despite my shortcomings. And in remembering this glorious message as I try to become the best person I can be, I hope to make a small difference for good in the lives of the people around me and help them see their own potential to have an influence.