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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I'm a high school student. I like to learn, have fun, and get to know people. I love to be outside. I play rugby. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My name is Elizabeth, and I'm a high school student. I have one sister and four brothers; we live with my mom and dad, who continue to be a great example to us of how to love and honor each other and a marriage. I am grateful for them and all they do to give us the life we enjoy. When I was younger, we lived in Utah. It seemed that every weekend we'd drive up into the mountains to hike, off-road, shoot, enjoy nature, and grow closer as a family. A lot of my favorite memories were made up there. Every summer we visit our family in Idaho (most of my aunts and uncles still live in the same small town where they grew up), a tradition that continued even when we lived in New Jersey. If I had to design a paradise, I think it would be a little like that small town, because there is nothing better than being surrounded by family: people who love you. My whole life it seems I've wanted to write. Books, papers, screenplays, poems.. anything. Writing is how I feel at peace. It allows me to make sense of my world and explore the beauty of God's creations--everything around us. Maybe someday I'll make it a career, which would be great, but for now I just write for myself. What do I like to do? Over the years I've done participated in a lot of different activities, but I can usually sum them up into four things: I write, read, play sports, and learn. Specifically, I write my journal, read my scriptures, play rugby, and go to school.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy to know that my Savior, Jesus Christ, loves me for who I am and looks out for my interests. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has taught me how to rely on Him in everything I do; I have never experienced more joy than when I live according to its teachings. That's what the whole point is! To be happy. I'm a Mormon because every time I go to church, a gentle feeling of warmth comes over me. I feel comfortable at the meetings, and I know in my heart that what's being taught is the truth. I am surrounded by people who are following Christ and who genuinely love me for who I am. When someone at church says, "Hi, Elizabeth. How are you?" I know that he or she actually cares. It's like a safe haven. I'm a Mormon because they taught me that I am a daughter of God. He knows me on a very personal level, and he'll never abandon me, because I am his child. Nothing is ever too hard, because the Lord is on my side. They taught me to believe in myself like they do, like God does. I'm a Mormon because the gospel allows me to repent. I know so many people who struggle with sins and guilt, and they wish they could change, but they don't know how. The church knows how. I testify that its process of repentance really works. I've used it. It allows you to understand the full impact of the Savior's atonement, and it gives you the opportunity to change. Anyone can be forgiven, of any sin, if only they have the right tools. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints allows me to repent, be forgiven, move on, and improve. I'm a Mormon because I believe in miracles. This is the only church that has the priesthood used by prophets in Bible times. We have a prophet. We have apostles. Every worthy man is entitled to the blessings of the power of God. I've seen so many miracles: of healing, translation, revelation, etc. It is real. I'm a Mormon because I know that this is the church of Jehovah, who is God, in its fullness.

How I live my faith

Every morning, when I was up, I pray. Almost always I feel God's presence, and am reassured that he will be with me, guiding me through everything I'll face. Before school, I go to seminary, where we read the scriptures and learn what they mean. We talk about ways that we can be better followers of Christ, and we are taught the commandments. Most of my friends at school think it's crazy that I wake up so early (5:00 am) just to talk about religion, but I've never felt that way. Going to seminary is the greatest blessing I have, because it daily brings me closer to my God. Through seminary, I've made a lot of friends, each of whom are examples to me of how to live. I've gained an incredible appreciation for the scriptures, and a powerful gratitude towards everyone in them. After each seminary lesson, I feel good. There's no better way to describe it. Have you ever had that feeling like everything's going to be okay? And no matter what happens, it doesn't matter, because you just feel so happy? Well that's what I get from every meeting I go to. I feel comforted, at ease, and peaceful. And so I keep going to my activities. On Sundays, we have church. I go to Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School, and then Young Women's. I love going to church because of how good it feels to be there. There's no way I'd rather spend my weekend. On Wednesdays we have mutual, which used to be called the "Mutual Improvement Association." In short, it's a youth group for Mormon teenagers, where they can go to make friends, learn new skills, and enjoy each other's company. I wish everyone could go to mutual with me, because we always have a lot of fun and build really strong friendships. Every night, I read my scriptures (The Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants; the Pearl of Great Price), and I pray. God answers my prayers.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Elizabeth
About a month ago, Hurricane Irene struck the East Coast of the United States. From Virginia to Connecticut, homes and businesses were destroyed. My aunt and uncle live in New Jersey; though none of their own property was damaged, many of the surrounding towns and neighborhoods weren't as lucky. On Sunday before church they got a call from the bishop of their ward (congregation), who told them that church had been rescheduled to an earlier time, and that they should come in work clothes, wear gloves, and bring a chainsaw if they had one.Once they got to church and had a short sacrament meeting, the bishop organized them into groups and gave them assignments. They would be doing service. Probably 300 people that day--everyone older than 12--went into their communities and helped complete strangers clean up the debris that was scattered everywhere. My aunt said that they would walk down the street and just see women sitting outside, sobbing, because everything they had loved was destroyed in an instant. Overwhelmed, these victims didn't know what to do, didn't know where to begin, and didn't have the strength to try. Can you imagine how they felt when groups of Mormons came to their homes and offered to help, free of charge? They'd never met before, and yet they were willing to help. My aunt spent 10 hours taking damaged furniture out of other people's houses that day, purely out of love. Love for people she had never met. Love for her Savior. (Matthew 25:40) Show more Show less