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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I'm a student. I love language. I love the people who raised me and the beautiful world I was raised in. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an undergraduate studying linguistics. I love learning about the way languages are structured and find both entertainment and inspiration in the systems we use to communicate. I have gotten to study several languages and travel a bit while in college, which I have dreamed of doing since I was a kid. Education is something I learned to value both from my family and from the words of church leaders, and I am looking forward to starting graduate school in linguistics in the next couple of years I have a great love for the outdoors. I feel very strongly that it is important for us to have human respect for the land that God created. I can't begin to understand its complexity and its beauty, but I am grateful that God gave us a place to live that was not merely utilitarian, but deliberately beautiful. I am still striving to better show that gratitude through my actions.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have had countless experiences with kind and perfectly loving Heavenly Parents that convince me that I am not on earth by accident. I know that this beautiful earth is not a mistake or some vale of tears for us to suffer through. It is a priceless opportunity to be tested and make choices while living apart from our Parents. If we strive to come closer to Them, I know that one day we will not only be with Them again, but can actually be like Him. I am a Mormon because it offers me the only way to real hope in this world. There are lots of problems with humanity--problems we create, problems others create for us, and problems that are just a product of the natural world we live in. Sometimes it can be a real temptation for me to give up on the idea of a bright future for all God's children when I see some corner of the enormity of human suffering. What gives me the courage to go on is the belief that there is a larger plan and that that plan includes something that can make up for all the hurt in the world--the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The Atonement is the only way to both offer justice and comfort to those victimized in the world and offer mercy to those who perpetrate those wrongs. Christ is the means of meeting both these needs--the need we all have for infinite comfort and the need we also have for a continual second chance. I have relied on Him both when I have been hurt and when I have, through my mistakes, hurt others. I am forever grateful for the infinite sacrifice of my Older Brother in providing me and the whole world a way to be healed.

How I live my faith

I attend Church every Sunday and have the chance there to be uplifted and hopefully to uplift others. I serve as a visiting teacher as well, which means that I visit two women in my congregation at least once a month to socialize with them, talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and help with any needs they may have. I have visiting teachers, too, who visit me to check on how I'm doing, talk with me, and ask if I need help with anything. I read from the Scriptures---the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the words of modern-day prophets--every day. I also pray to my Heavenly Father to express gratitude and to ask for help and guidance.