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Hi I'm Liz

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Alaska. I am currently going to school for business. I am married to a fellow Alaskan.

About Me

I am the baby of six kids. I am quite tall and skinny with red hair so you can imagine how much I stand out. I was raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints because my mother joined when she was sixteen. I went to college for two years at BYU when I decided to go on a mission to Fiji. I never lived on that island but lived on New Caledonia. This island is a French territory near Australia. When I returned home my father soon passed away at a young age. A few months later I married my best friend. We don't have children yet but are planning for a family. I love being outdoors and especially just enjoying life. I am starting to get into blogging...mostly I read the great ideas of others. I love sports too. Anything that is fun and involves exercise is my cup of tea. I am currently going to school where my degree includes culinary classes so I've been enjoying cooking so much more. In a nutshell, I'm a pretty laid back person who loves life, family, friends, and my pomeranian.

Why I am a Mormon

Well like most children I went to the church my parents brought me to growing up. They let me decide what to believe in the end and allowed me to convert to the church on my own. No matter what people say we are all converts, no matter our church or how long we've been members. I was baptized into the LDS church but I had my own personal experience with the Lord and my heart changing. I was in high school when I was challenged to read the Book of Mormon all on my own and decide if it was true. I knew my parents had converted on their own because they often told us their stories. I knew my teachers believed what they were teaching us was true. But the most important to them was that we know it for ourselves. I remember not understanding quite a bit of the Book of Mormon at first and getting very lost with the words of Isaiah. At times during that year I wasn't so consistent with my reading but by the end of the school year I somehow finished. Then I wanted to try out this promise given by a dying prophet that if we sincerely ask God, He will tell us if what we ask is true. I asked if the book I had just finished was true and after I prayed I had this really good feeling. I never heard a voice tell me yes, but I will never forget that feeling from God. When I pray daily I can still get that wonderful feeling because I know God has allowed me to feel His Spirit.

How I live my faith

I think people who believe in God really care about others...i.e. they are very service minded. I feel lucky to help out with the Food Bank in my town. As a culinary student I have come to appreciate food and being able to bring meals to those in need really brings me closer to my neighbor which Christ said simply "love one another as I have loved you". I also have the great pleasure to work with young children that live around my area. In our church, members attend the building they live closest to, so many of the wonderful kids that live around me I see at church. Every Sunday I get to spend an entire hour interacting with children from 3 to 11. We sing, learn new songs, have a lesson about the Gospel, play games, and get to know each other better. Everything we do is to help them better know their Savior. I am so blessed that I get to hear the words of angels from them every week. I love seeing their bright faces and being able to teach them about our Lord.