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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I am 30, back in school, and raising four little boys on my own. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

It isn't something I like to dwell on, but it is the event that has turned my life's direction, and for that I am grateful. A few years ago, my husband of 6 years left me and our children to have an affair. He has had almost no contact since that time. Of course I was absolutely devastated. The thing that kept me going was my belief in God and the knowledge that he has a plan for me. Through all the tears and frustration of the next months, I was comforted and guided by Him to the future I know he had in mind for me. My children and I moved in with my parents, went back to college, and began the divorce process. It took longer than I ever would have thought, and I have to admit that it was a hard long road that got much worse before it got any better. Through it all I have been blessed to have a wonderful family, caring ward family, and loving friends to lift me and cry along with me when I needed it. I don't know what I would have done if not for my Father in Heaven, Savior Jesus Christ, and my family and friends. I graduated from college over a year ago and am now pursuing my second degree, in Nursing. I am emotionally stronger as a result of what I have gone through. I have always believed in God, I have felt the spirit since I was a child, but I felt it strongest when I needed Him the most. Now I only hope that I can be a friend to those in need, and help others to know and feel what I have felt. I know God lives, I know he loves me. I love Him too!

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to be born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have been taught since I was a small child that I am a daughter of God. Today I am more thankful than ever for the faith of my parents and for their choice to join this church. Through my childhood and teenage years I had dear friends who were not of my faith. It pained me to see how drastically our lives differed from each other as we grew older. I know that one of my friends in particular thought that I was naive and childish for not compromising my modesty and morality as she had. I wish that she could know what I have been blessed to know all of my life. Looking back I am more thankful than ever for my church leaders and parents who taught me the importance of treasuring my divine nature and never doubting that I am a daughter of God. I know he loves me. I know that whatever trials I face in this life, He will help me to endure it well. He will help me to grow and better myself through these trials. I have many faults, but I'm trying. This gospel is such a huge part of my life. I cannot imagine where I would be without it.

How I live my faith

I am a visiting teacher, and visit four ladies in my ward. I am new to this ward and am enjoying getting to know each of them. I am grateful to have the opportunity of being their friend. Another thing I do in the ward is in the women's organization (Relief Society). I am the secretary. It has helped me to begin to learn names and get to know all the sisters.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

When we dress for church we wear our Sunday best because we want to show our respect to our Father in Heaven. Men typically wear suits and ties, and women wear dresses or skirts. Children typically dress up also. We celebrate many of the same holidays as anyone else. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, National holidays. My favorite holidays are Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. I love Thanksgiving because it reminds me of the things I am most thankful for. My favorite holiday is Christmas. Christmas and Easter are very special to me because of what they represent: the birth, suffering, death and resurrection of my Savior Jesus Christ. Yes, my children open presents on Christmas and believe in Santa, but more importantly, they know what we are celebrating - the birth of Jesus. On Easter their favorite part is searching for the eggs that the Easter bunny has hidden for them, but they know what the egg represents - the empty tomb symbolizing the resurrection. These holidays are very special to us, as are other National holidays. Show more Show less