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Hi I'm Liz Montgomery

I train guide dogs for the blind. I play guitar, piano, and percussion. I love the outdoors. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in northern Colorado, and I am the youngest of seven kids. My siblings all think I was spoiled growing up, and they're probably right. (I like to tell them it was because of my trustworthiness, but I'm not sure they buy it.) When I was about 12, I wanted a dog, and I weaseled my way into getting one by getting involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind. A couple at church was training one, and I asked how I could get involved. I started going to meetings and ended up training three dogs during my teenage years. Since I've been at college, I've trained three more. Also, I have always been very involved with music. I play piano, guitar, and percussion, and I sing and write songs. I love it. I'm currently serving as a full-time missionary for the Church in Kyiv, Ukraine, for a year and a half. When I return, I will finish my bachelor's degree in Human Development at BYU and attend graduate school in Marriage and Family Therapy, after which I plan to work as a therapist. I believe that everyone has the potential to be great, and that everyone deserves the chance to be happy, and I would love a profession where I am able to help that happen.

Why I am a Mormon

Matthew 7:18 says, "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit." One reason I believe in the gospel is because of the "fruits" that it brings forth. It makes me want to be a better person, it makes me want to serve others, and it helps me to see people as they truly are: sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves them deeply. It helps me develop that godly love in spite of differences. Most of the things I do, I do by faith. However, through my experiences, I have learned some things that I can honestly say "I know" instead of simply "I believe." One of those things is this: my happiness in life is directly proportional to my obedience to the gospel. Without fail, when I am living the concepts taught in the LDS church, my life is balanced, peaceful, and full of joy. And also without fail, when I don't follow the teachings of the church as much, my life is stressful, bland, and even meaningless. I'm a Mormon because this church teaches me how to be the happiest I can be and fulfill my potential. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are the ultimate sources of joy, and I have found Them in this gospel. I wrote a song about the church and how I feel about it. You can listen to it on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/6z6emFCuzMo . I'm on a mission because I want to share the joy I've found in the gospel with all the world.

How I live my faith

Right now I'm living my faith by serving a full-time mission for the Church in Kyiv, Ukraine, for a year and half. I teach people all about this amazing gospel! Before the mission, I lived my faith every day by serving others and/or by doing something to improve my talents so I can serve in the future. I train Guide Dogs for the Blind because (1) I love dogs, and (2) it's my way of doing what Jesus Christ did when He healed the blind. I also recently spent three months in Romania working with children in an orphanage and children's hospital, and that experience strengthened my faith tremendously of God's love for His precious children. I also love doing family history work; the stories of my ancestors inspire me to live the best life I can so I can pass down the righteous legacy that they did.