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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I grew up in Park City, Utah, where everyone skis. I'm going to college and want to be a novelist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name's Elizabeth and yes, I do go by the full thing. I'm at college studying English with the ultimate goal of becoming a novelist, though I am still making up my mind about the genre. My favorite part about writing novels is the depth I can achieve with character development. Currently, I work for the campus newspaper as the Opinion Editor, so if you take that, homework, church, and a small social life with friends and family, you get my life. I grew up in Park City, Utah, and yes, I do ski. I also enjoy gardening, reading, writing, talking walks, being a sister, and playing the piano and the cello (though I would not claim to be a musician).

Why I am a Mormon

God loves me, and He tells me so very often. I know the Book of Mormon is true and that the doctrine it puts forth is correct. I have also read the Bible and know that there are a lot of truths that can be learned from that source. I am still studying both books of scripture actively and will continue studying them all the days of my life, since I know there will always be something new for me to learn. I can always count on my Heavenly Father to help me through anything, and there are times when I have gone to sleep saying, "Heavenly Father, I can't do this anymore. I give up." Somehow, I wake up the next morning and keep going, and He helps me through. I am a Mormon because I need that help. I am a Mormon because I want to be the best I can be. I am a Mormon because I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. The atonement is real and beautiful, it can lift me up out of the darkest abyss. I am a Mormon because I believe that is what God wants me to be.

How I live my faith

Since I play the piano, a lot of the time I live my faith by sharing that talent. I am the ward choir pianist and have played in many church settings. I have also been a Sunbeam (3-4 year old) teacher, which has got to be one of the cutest positions in the church. I visit teach every month and try to be more of a friend than a teacher to those I visit. With a big organization like the LDS church, there are not a lot of ways to make sure every person is taken care of, and that is the goal of visiting and home teaching. I have substitute taught in Relief Society and helped to coordinate visiting teaching. I attend Institute as part of my college coursework and enjoy the break it gives me from the stress of schoolwork.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Elizabeth
A testimony is a personal, spiritual witness of the truth of something. A person can have a testimony of Jesus Christ, the gospel, or God, or even something smaller, like a testimony that prayer works. The Holy Ghost, who is a member of the Godhead, can tell us that something is true. If we pay attention and receive the message, then we can know for ourselves whether something is true or false. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Elizabeth
I believe that in order to gain salvation in the kingdom of God, everyone needs to be baptized. I also believe that God is a just God. Not everyone has the chance to be baptized or chooses to be baptized while on Earth, but they still need that ordinance performed if they want to gain salvation. So God makes it possible for the descendants of those who have already passed on to perform proxy baptisms for their ancestors. These baptisms can be rejected by those who have died, or they can be accepted. We do not force baptism on anyone, but we want to give them the option. Baptisms for the dead were performed during the New Testament (See 1 Corinthians 15:29), and since this is the restored church, this ordinance has also been restored. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Elizabeth
Mormons are Christians. In fact, that term is used in the Book of Mormon itself (Alma 46:13-15) to describe the members of the church of God. We believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin named Mary, baptized by John the Baptist, preached in Israel, and that He made an atonement for the sins of all mankind. The Book of Mormon is another book of scripture declaring the divinity of Jesus Christ and bringing light to His gospel and atonement. We divert from the regular Christian doctrine about God in that we believe there to be three distinct members of what we call the Godhead: God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less