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Hi I'm Liz

I'm a wife of 16 years, and a mom of six great kids. I'm a lover of ballet, yoga, photography and great food, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in eastern Utah. There weren't a lot things ready made for entertaining kids in town, so we usually made our own fun in the great outdoors: hiking, biking, swimming, sledding, any number of things. But most of my time was spent in the dance studio. I loved ballet from my very first class, and that has stayed with me ever since! I went to college on a dance scholarship, but the Saturday before my freshman year began, my future husband proposed to me, and I accepted. So, while I still went to school and danced every day of the week, my priorities changed pretty quickly to my soon to be marriage. Adam and I were married a few months later. We both continued to pursue our education, while still focusing on our family. The first of our children was born about a year and a half later. Since that time, we have lived on both coasts of the United States, and a few places in between. My husband has earned his MD through the US Army. I have taught ballet and jazz in several great studios. And we have added another five to our family! I no longer teach ballet regularly (a little more than my crazy life can handle), but I sub from time to time. I have developed a love for yoga and good food, photography and gardening. But most of all, I have learned to bloom where I am planted, and to find joy in the journey! I never look back on my life and think, "if only..." I absolutely love my family! My husband and kids are the best choice I ever made!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a great LDS family, and was taught the gospel from my infancy. That gave me a wonderful foundation. I knew that my parents had a testimony of the gospel, and I had a testimony from early on that Jesus Christ was real. But sometime around the age of sixteen, I really found myself feeling what many young girls at that age feel. I was wondering about who I was, and where my self-worth lay. I remember praying in great earnestness one night, and having the most incredible experience, in which I felt the love of my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, very personally. Some of my friends who wonder about my faith sometimes think that being raised a "Mormon" means that I have never really thought this church through for myself. To that I say that I believe each person has to come to a conversion of this gospel for themselves. That night as a young girl was a very powerful beginning to my own real conversion. I could no more turn away from the feelings a had that night, than I can say there is no sun in the sky. I knew from that time on, that I had to study and pray more, and commit to truly "knowing" for myself if this church was true. I have done that. I have asked the questions, and I have prayed. And while I have had moments of doubt, those moments have always been overcome by feelings of peace, as I return to my Heavenly Father in prayer. I have seen the blessing of this gospel in my life. In the last four years, my husband has been deployed a total of twenty-three months. In that time, I have come to see these blessings even more clearly for me personally. I know the peace the Book of Mormon brings. I have felt that it is, along with the Bible, the word of God on the earth. The blessings of being sealed to my family in the temple are immeasurable! And the knowledge I have that I am a daughter of God, and that He loves me enough to have sent His Son to atone for me, gives me great strength and hope. I love His gospel...and that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is part of being a member of this church. I have served in several capacities within the church. I have worked with all ages, and have really loved every where I have served! For me, working with young women ages 12-18 is really a blast! They are just in such a trans-formative stage in their lives! It can really be a time of excitement and personal growth, and to be a part of that is truly wonderful! Outside of church, I have often found myself working with this same age of girls, and I have made it a goal that when a child leaves my classroom, they feel better about themselves than they did when they came in. I do this purely because I have seen how hard this world can be on young people. It makes me so sad to see what the world tells a young girl she needs to look like, act like, or be like in order to be "good enough," and I know those are not the things that will make her good enough to God. The feelings I have for these young women, both at church and in the dance studio, are feelings of great love, and a desire for them to know who they are. I try to live my faith by showing genuine love and concern for those around me. I know I often fall short, but it is important to me that those with whom I come in contact can feel that I really do care about them, and about forming a friendship with them. I think this is what the Savior taught. He asked us to love one another. And we can only benefit by following this teaching! Finally, and most importantly, I try to be a loving and supportive wife to my husband, and a good mom to my kids! Boy! Do I know how short I can come on this one! But it is the area in which I most desire to live like Jesus Christ! I want my children to know that I love them, and that I know their Heavenly Father loves them! I want them to feel, and to see by my actions, that I have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that that testimony really matters to me!