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Hi I'm Elisabeth

I love colors and numbers. I love to travel, but I'm most at home in the Pacific Northwest. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a little girl, I talked A LOT and I loved art. I haven't changed very much. I still love having conversations with anyone about anything, I love public speaking, and I enjoy creating and appreciating visual art. I love the German language - My family moved to Butzbach, Germany when I was a little girl. I started school there and fell in love with the language, the food, the landscape, and the people. As a college student, I spent 6 months in Vienna, Austria to refresh my German and had a fantastic time traveling around central Europe. Since then, my dad and stepfamily have moved to Doha, Qatar, and I've been privileged to travel even more. I lived in Spokane, Washington for 10 years and fell in love with the PNW. After high school, I moved to Seattle, where I studied math (focused on philosophy) at the University of Washington. I am SUPER passionate about public education, and have big plans to help fix math education. I was raised Baptist and feel a strong connection with Evangelical Christianity. My relationship with Jesus Christ is built upon the truths that I learned in the Baptist, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, and Foursquare churches that I attended as a child and teenager, and I still get so much joy out of attending these churches and many more. I recently married my high school sweetheart, Brannon, a hilarious, humble, and very clever man, and a talented musician. Marrying into a giant family has been SO much fun, and I can't wait for it to grow even more!

Why I am a Mormon

In high school, I started dating a Mormon boy that I'd had a crush on for a while. I was excited to talk about religion with him and bring him to my church. For months, we went to both of our churches each Sunday, and had incredible conversations about the things we learned from the very different church services. Out of curiosity and, I'll admit, a desire to prove my boyfriend wrong, I started reading the Book of Mormon. I realized that, if God wanted to, of course He was capable of communicating to His children through this book. Faith had always been important in my life, and I knew that the Lord would guide me and would answer my prayers as I tried to determine whether or not the Book of Mormon could possibly be true. For six months, I prayed and read and studied the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and all sorts of online literature for and against the Mormon church. I learned each week from the examples of the other teenage girls at my boyfriend's church, and I felt something special each time I was in my boyfriend's home with his family. After a long time of searching and deeply desiring to know for myself what was true about the Book of Mormon and this new church I had discovered, I received a strong personal answer to my many, many prayers. This sacred experience confirmed to me that the Book of Mormon and the Bible were both the Word of God, and that the new truth I had discovered in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would bring me even closer to the Savior I had always known and loved. I waited patiently for ten months and was baptized at the age of 18 (by that same high school boyfriend, who would later serve a two year mission and come home to marry me in the temple). Since that day, I have found such a deep sense of identity and purpose as I have continued to learn about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I renew my testimony each day as I pray, study the scriptures, and serve in the church.

How I live my faith

First and foremost, I live my faith by loving my family. It wasn't easy to tell my parents that I was going to be baptized. Many important people in my life hold negative opinions about this church, and it was so hard to know that the step I was about to take would hurt people that I loved, and that they might not be ready or willing to let me explain the goodness of the church and how the things that I had discovered were true. I knew without any doubt that I was making the best decision I had ever made, and so I stood up for what I believed in, even though I knew it might jeopardize some of my most precious relationships. I am so thankful that Jesus teaches us to love, and love won over in my relationships and friendships. My family accepts me for who I am and sees now that this church is a positive force in my life. I live my faith by loving and accepting my family and friends for exactly who they are and for what they believe, even when we disagree on the details. Each day, I get to live my faith by dressing modestly to show respect and gratitude for my body, by avoiding explicit movies, images, and song lyrics to keep my thoughts pure and uplifting, and by striving to fill my conversations with honest and encouraging language. I pray many times each day, alone and with my husband and friends, and study from the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the words of our modern prophets to gain new insights for my life and align my will with my Heavenly Father's. A leader in our church once pointed out that we are the "daughters [and sons] of the most creative Being in the universe," and we have inherited that ability and desire to create. I love exercising creativity in crafting beautiful words and pictures and in baking delicious pastries. In my congregation, I am given many opportunities to speak in church, design flyers, prepare meals, and organize events, and I love living my faith by sharing my talents. I draw closer to the Lord when I am creative.