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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a former high school English teacher who raises Miniature Schnauzers. I love animals, literature, art, thrifting, sewing and my family. I have been married for over twenty-seven years. My husband and I have five children who are all young adults now. Raising them has been the most challenging and rewarding endeavor of my life. As I get older, I look forward to travelling the world, sharing lots of laughter with my children and spoiling my grandchildren. Maybe I'll serve a mission for my church. We'll see.BR class=" slvzr-first-child"

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Mormom Church just before I started high school. At that time, I had several LDS friends, and one of them invited me to girls' camp. While at camp, I really felt the influence of the Holy Ghost. We had several evening programs that seemed to speak directly to me. I came home from camp and took the missionary lessons. I had two sister-missionaries teaching me, one from Utah and one from Sweden. They were so wonderful, just like angels. While taking the discussions, I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. I felt an overwhelming sense of warmth and peace, telling me that it was the truth. I decided to be baptized. My parents didn't share my interest in the church, but they allowed me to be baptised. They knew that Mormons were good people and that they had a deep commitment to family. My parents were concerned about me taking such a big step, but they gave their permission because they trusted the LDS church and knew it was fundamentally good. Some of my friends tried to talk me out of my baptism. They said that Joseph Smith had seen the devil and that Mormons worshipped him in their temple. But the missionaries had warned me that Satan didn’t want me to get baptized and that he would send opposition to discourage me. And I had read enough of the Book of Mormon to know it was right and true. I had had that witness promised in Moroni 10:3-5. I decided to move forward and was baptized a few weeks later. I was 14. A year later I met my husband in seminary. He and his family helped take care of me and nurture my testimony. I know Heavenly Father sent them to help me. I’m so grateful for the gospel in my life. I will always remember the missionaries who taught me and how amazing they were. I’m so glad they went on their missions. They changed my life forever. And I’m eternally grateful to my Heavenly Father for reaching out to me the way He did, for knowing me individually and for sending people to find me. The gospel has changed my life forever.

How I live my faith

Living one's faith is both a lifelong and a daily pursuit. For me, it more often means a collection of small things rather than a few big ones. I think the best thing I can do to live my faith is to genuinely care about people and treat them with love. As part of that, I need to be as honest and kind as I can. I need to consider others' needs and value their opinions, even when I disagree with them. And I need to be willing to serve others and help them, even when it's hard for me. Jesus Christ has given us a tremendous example to follow. Living my faith means trying to live (and love) like Him. This is a tremendous responsiblity, but it's also the heart of being a Christian. It's what we all strive for, I think, one step at a time. My church offers lots of ways to serve others and grow in love and faith. Each member has a responsibility (or calling) at church that allows him/her to serve the Lord. We have a lay-ministery, which means we all basically teach each other. We might lead a class or direct the choir or conduct a meeting. These callings change from time to time, which allows us to develop different talents and build new friendships. Right now I serve in the women's organization, or Relief Society. I am also a "visiting teacher" who visits several women in their homes each month to share a short uplifting message. Every woman has a visiting teacher, and everyone can be a one. It provides a way for all of us to reach out to each other, one at a time, grow in friendship together and provide support when things get difficult. Along with these chances to serve in church, our ward also does community service regularly. For example, I have helped out at a children's home, made bereavement blankets, stuffed bags for Gilbert Parks and Rec, and assembled hygeine kits for disaster victims. I have really enjoyed all of these opportunities! They help me live my faith and bring me closer to Christ by teaching me to reach outside myself and serve others as He did.