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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I grew up in Utah in a faithful Mormon home. I met my husband- who was raised agnostic- in Jerusalem on a Bible study.

About Me

I am a stay at home mom with 3 kids in high school and one in elementary. Loads of fun. I love learning and as I have home schooled my children off and on I have had the chance to learn so much with them. However, unlike my children, I have a very difficult time retaining what we've studied. It's more than age. When my third child was born, I was diagnosed with a stage 4 malignant, brain tumor and given 2 weeks to 6 months to live. My oldest was 3 1/2. Here I am 14 years later and my life has been a miraculous gift, yet it has not been with out challenge. I deal with the same symptoms many brain injury patients suffer from: seizures, need for increased sleep, low energy, disorganization and severe long-term memory loss. My chidren have only known me this way. I often go to bed fefore the rest of the family, the pace of our families activites are pretty slow compared to many, and my forgetfullness domines into everything. But we laugh together, play games, and "hang out" at home" . Even dealing with all my "brain tumor soveneirs", as we like to call them, it feels surreal; it has been so long. I used to have mempry flashes of life before but I don't have them anymore. I am so indebted to the Lord for my life, but I am normal and I get frustrated. There are so many more things I could do if I didn't need so much sleep. It would be nice to remember all of our past Christmases and not forget good friends names. I can be normal and grateful together!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in Utah in a very strong Mormon home. As a child I never questioned my faith. When I became a teenager I needed to know for myself if all the things my parents had taught me were true or if it was just the culture I had been raised in. I was currently studying the New Testament and I had felt the Saviors love. I knew that He was real, but I wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was also true and if Joseph Smith was really a prophet. I asked my Father in Heaven to tell me. I prayed really hard. One of the things that the Lord brought to my mind were the feeling I had every six months when I listened to the prophet and twelve apostles speak at general conference. Our general conferences are held every six months world wide. Ever since I was little, I knew in my heart that they were called of God. Just like at the time when the Savior walked the earth and he called twelve apostles ( Luke 9:1) we have men called of God to speak for Him today. I knew that my prayer was answered and I knew for myself, independent of my parents that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints was true.

How I live my faith

My faith is a golden thread weaving through everything I do. I begin and end my days with sincere prayer acknowledging the Lord in my life, expressing my gratitide, and asking Him for help in areas that I am struggling. I recognize His help in everything I do. I have always loved teaching. I teach the young children at church and at a multidenomination school school that my daughter attends. Everywhere I go I am able to talk about my love for my Savior and the gift of LIFE that he has given me.