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Hi I'm Liz

I love people, science, and music. I research, run, dance, read, and sleep. I'm a Ph.D. student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a short, spunky girl working on my Ph.D. in physiology and developmental biology. The more I study the miracle of the human body, the more my faith in God grows. I love that I get to study His creations every day. For me, science and religion go hand in hand. When I'm not being a nerd, I love spending time with the people I love, having adventures, playing music, dancing, and enjoying life! I ran three half marathons last summer and learned that we can do anything we put our minds to with hard work and faith in the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation of my life that helps me get through all the hard times and find joy regardless of my circumstances. I know from personal experience that there is real power in the Atonement of Jesus Christ: power to heal us, to cleanse us from sin, and to comfort us. I know He can understand all our heartaches and weaknesses. The peace I have felt through His sacrifice cannot be found anywhere else. I feel so blessed to have been raised by wonderful parents who taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ from birth. I remember feeling that principles they taught were true and good as a lived them at an early age. When I turned seven years old, the gift I wanted more than anything was my own set of scriptures. I still have that first set, with almost every verse underlined in purple pen because I thought it was so great and important. As a teenager, I remember the first time I realized my beliefs were considered peculiar by some. I decided that if this was something I was going to believe and live the rest of my life, I needed a stronger personal conviction of its truthfulness apart from my family's conviction. (I've always been a stubborn person who likes things to be my idea.) For eight months I began a very serious study of the Book of Mormon and history of Joseph Smith. After reading every day, I would kneel and pray more seriously than I ever had, asking the Lord to tell me if it was true. I slowly learned how the Holy Ghost spoke to me. I received a powerful witness that the Book of Mormon is true scripture, an ancient record written by prophets inspired by God. I have received similar witnesses time and time again. Every time I have a question, I take it to God in prayer and receive an answer through the Holy Spirit. I know that Joseph Smith is a modern-day prophet, called by God to restore His church and authority. I love that God speaks to the earth today through a living prophet.

How I live my faith

I took an 18-month leave of absence from my graduate studies to serve a full-time mission in Seattle, Washington. My time was spent teaching people about Jesus Christ and the latter-day restoration of His church, serving the community, and strengthening local church congregations. It was truly one of the happiest times of my life as I was able to see people come unto Christ and see their lives change as a result. I felt like I grew to know my Savior more intimately as I tried to "lose my life" in His work as it says in the New Testament. Now that I am a normal person again, I am still trying to live my faith and serve the people around me. I'm so grateful that the church allows each of us to be involved in the Lord's work because we grow and learn as we serve! Since coming home, I have taught Sunday School classes and helped organize weekly devotionals and activities for young single adults.