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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I'm an aspiring writer, a missionary, a fan of film and soccer, I will skydive one day, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 21 years old and currently a junior in College. I am studying film and enjoy nothing more than the odd adventure in the wee hours of the morning (or night) on student film sets (which have included everything from sheep herding to time machines). I am the oldest in my family and am followed by two younger brothers and a younger sister. My dad grew up on a farm and my mom grew up all over the world as an "army brat", though the farthest I've ever been out of the States would be Canada; however, that will soon change. I have been called as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve in Germany. I look forward to spending 18 months serving and getting to know the people in Germany. I grew up playing soccer and acting in plays, and love any chance to meet new people and experience new cultures, ways of thinking and experiences.

Why I am a Mormon

To be honest, I grew up in the Church, but that doesn't mean I've had no say in the matter. I've been away from home for a year and a half or so, and I've had plenty of time to change my mind. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-a Mormon-because, well, I took time to find out for myself if the Church was true. Often, the only way to know for sure if something is true is to test it out for yourself. God invites this, He says: “Prove me”. So, that’s basically what I did. I asked, I tried it out and I received promised blessings. In ancient times, God is documented as a God of Miracles. His miracles have not ceased. I’d be ungrateful to deny the times I’ve seen God’s hand in my life. I love the tiny moments when God pays attention to things that would only matter to me. Things that don’t change the world but let me know He’s there. It has been things as tiny as reminding me of words to a song, a friend offering me a lunch when (unbeknownst to them) I had none (and trust me, as a college student, with sometimes low blood sugar, it’s a huge blessing), or just a random hug or smile when I was feeling down from a stranger or acquaintance. There are, of course, the biggies. Years ago my family was driving back from one of my choir concerts when a drunk driver shot across the freeway directly toward our car and rolled in the ditch. When the dust had cleared, our skid marks crossed, there’s no way we should’ve survived, but both my family and the drunk driver walked away from the accident practically unscathed. I’m a Mormon because by living the principles of the Gospel, I grow closer to God. I am a better person, I am kinder, more patient and compassionate and I have more joy and peace. I see His hand in my life, I see the workings of our Savior’s Atonement healing family members from abuse, neglect, hurt, lies and confusion. I’m a Mormon because I know it’s true, I become better when I live the principles of the Gospel; I grow closer to God.

How I live my faith

I live each day trying to be like our Savior, Jesus Christ. He loves each of us perfectly and...well...I'm trying each day to love everyone around me! :) Honestly, I think that God is a happy God. I know I'm happy when I'm feeling the Holy Ghost, when I have a portion of His spirit with me. In my ward, I am team-teaching Gospel Doctrine (a class in which we study the doctrine of the Gospel) and this year we are studying the New Testament. I love the scriptures! I love prayer! I love talking to my Father in Heaven through prayer and developing a Father-Daughter relationship that is awesome! We are all children of God, and I can't imagine a parent not wanting to answer a child's question, especially when that question is sincere, tender and of great importance to the child (and even when it isn’t)! I believe our relationship with Heavenly Father is the same. When I ask God a question, He always answers. Sometimes it is through a feeling when I am praying or taking time to listen; sometimes it is when reading His words found in the scriptures. I love teaching this class because we participate in a dialogue with God; as we study His words, and our hearts are full of prayer and questions, we receive answers. Christ also served others. Service can be an excellent weapon against depression! You don't have time to be depressed when you're serving others! The truth is: life is good (because God is good), and we can have joy everyday. Yessiree, some days are much more difficult than others, but if we search for God in our life everyday, we will find Him, and we will find that He loves us. I echo C.S. Lewis (paraphrasing a bit) "I believe in Christianity like I believe in the Sun, not only because I can see it, but because by it, I can see everything else"; I believe in this Gospel because by it, my life is pleasanter, more peaceful, full of more joy and love, and I know that through it I am growing closer to Christ, and becoming more like Him everyday. It's pretty sweet :)