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Hi I'm Liz

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Texan with Virginia roots. Diversity is my greatest joy; my mother's family includes Jamaicans and Arabs. We don't all have the same beliefs, but we all LOVE family. I picked up Spanish while serving a church mission in Houston in the late 1990's. My husband says, "Due to Texas' mass it has a huge gravitational pull." So though I briefly returned to VA, Texas pulled me back. Together we are working to raise out two native Texans boys.

Why I am a Mormon

I prefer the label a member of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Christian. Every truth I learn through study, prayer, faith, and practice serves to fortify my faith in Jesus Christ. It encourages understanding of diversity, compassion, service, and community. It's about becoming. We become better spouses, parents, friends, citizens when we become more like Christ. It isn't about trying to be different as much as it is about striving to be unified. The true gospel of Jesus Christ enables us to become more like our Father in Heaven and a true member of his family the world over.

How I live my faith

Our local congregation has both English and Spanish-speaking members. I am blessed to continue to interpret and translate to ensure each member's needs are met. I continue to encourage understanding of culture diversity, understanding, communication, and acceptance. It's always been about love! Outside church, I'm the same person. I not only exist but live in my community. I have juggled my service from school to the local Woody Guthrie Folk Music board, and back. Being engaged in service through music and with children strengthens the neighborhood. It isn't about being different as much as it is making a difference!

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Liz
We lived with God, our Heavenly Father, before we came to this earth. Being omnipotent he knew that in order to progress we needed to stretch, and grow. This growth, trust and reliance upon His eternal purposes is what we call faith. Being the source of all love, he greatly desired this for us; and so created a plan called The Plan of Salvation, or Plan of Happiness. He chose Jesus, who had already developed more spiritually than the rest, to come live as a perfect example, overcome the sins of the world, die and resurrect that we could experience this life. It is an opportunity for spiritual growth, to exercise faith in Jesus Christ. To grow by making righteous choices and thus, when we err, to learn to choose the good. To have families, permitting the rest of Father's children to gain bodies and gain this same experience. A relationship that we can nurture where we can learn to overcome self and love others. This is a place to practice doing what Jesus taught so that we can become more like He and our Father in Heaven. And thus return to our Father, having been Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Liz
I love this question! Jesus is our Savior. The only perfect being to live on earth. Chosen from the foundation of the world, He is central to the plan of our Father to save all mankind. He lived a sinless life, left a perfect example, and sacrificed himself as prophesied to redeem all mankind from the sin and death. He fulfilled His mission. Jesus is the literal son of Mary and Heavenly Father. Born to the family of Adam and yet the son of the Eternal God, He was empowered to lay down His life and take it again. He is our advocate with the Father, our elder brother, and truest friend. Many good men, women, and children have lived on the earth. But only in and through Christ can we return to live with God. Faith is action. To not only trust and confide in who Jesus is and was, but to live according to His teachings and commandments. Through faith we grow in knowledge of the truth and are empowered to change. I am daily changed because Christ lived and lives! In striving I grow. I grace I am made whole. I love Him! Show more Show less