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Hi I'm Liz

I grew up in the outer Washington DC area. I used to teach elementary school. I am now an Air Force wife and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I met my husband in college. Shortly after we were married I graduated, and started teaching. I taught Jr. High for a semester, and then moved to fifth grade. Fifth grade is my favorite age to teach. The children are old enough to listen and try challenging things, yet still sweet, innocent, and excited about learning. I loved my students, and loved teaching, but I love being a mother even more. When my husband graduated he also commissioned with the U.S. Air Force. He is a pilot now, and I'm a stay at home mother. He stays busy fighting for our freedom from the air, while I'm holding down the fort at home. When I have a spare moment to myself I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, crocheting, sewing, and very basic photography. I also love writing, and have a few ideas for children's books. They're on hold for now though while my little ones take up most of my time.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are also Mormons, and are great examples to me. Because they have stayed true to their faith, I have been blessed to be a Mormon all my life. I have never once doubted if this church is true. I've always known it is. The gospel has been a lifelong comfort and loyal friend I have never had any desire to leave. The teachings have brought nothing but peace, guidance, and clarity to me. My life has not always been easy, but it has been happy. Some of my most difficult experiences have been while my husband was deployed overseas. I have felt lonely, scared, and weary, but because of my faith in God I have never felt abandoned. I know this is because I have been blessed with a knowledge of who I am, a Child of God, with directions of how to live. I have read the Book of Mormon with my parents and siblings growing up, on my own, and with my own family many times. When I read it I feel closer to Jesus Christ, and I know the words are of God. Joseph Smith was a prophet, and a great man. When I think of when as a boy, he knelt and prayed, I feel filled with a powerful knowledge that he saw God and Jesus Christ. They called him by name, and spoke to him. I know God knows my name too. He is aware of me and my family. He has blessed us with scriptures and prophets providing guidance on how to live happily in this time, and this day. I know this is true because that's exactly what I've been able to do- live with happiness.

How I live my faith

I have had many rewarding experiences while serving in church. I've frequently had the chance to work with children. Because of my love for teaching and young children, the time I've spent with them learning the gospel has brought me joy. Children have the Spirit of the Holy Ghost with them all the time. They cannot be tempted or sin. The light of the Savior shines from their eyes, and teaching them the gospel usually ends up being a lesson for me than for them. I learn from their humility, their sweetness, and pure love of the Savior and everything good and beautiful. I feel the Spirit strongest when I sing with them. The gospel is at it's purest, sweetest most concentrated form at those moments. They sing of their love for the Savior, and I know without a doubt of His unfailing love for them.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Liz
Living the Law of Chastity is a high expectation. Modesty should be treated with a similar mind. If you have set your standards high with staying chaste, then you should also set your standards high with how you dress and carry yourself. I think the best way to teach your children to dress and act modestly, is to teach that it is also a beautiful and attractive way to live. I think teenagers are thwarted by media and other devices, which teach that to feel good about themselves they need to cover up less. Girls should know that wearing knee length skirts or tops with sleeves doesn't have to be boring. It can still be cute, fun, and pretty. Dressing that way conveys confidence, security, and pride in your appearance. Boys should understand that to avoid feelings of temptation or unhealthy thoughts, they need not blame girls who dress immodestly, but rather date and spend time with girls they respect. Giving attention to girls who demonstrate less than modest dress or behavior more easily leads to bad thoughts and decisions, and discourages the girls who are trying to be modest. Teens should help each other in their goal to be chaste and following God- girls by dressing modestly, and boys by giving their attention and time to young women who do so. Otherwise we're left with good boys in tempting situations and good girls who are lonely and tempted to change just so someone will ask them out. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Liz
I do believe there is a modern day prophet. I know that idea probably sounds out of place in this modern, technological world. Things of the spirit tend to be something in books, but not real today, or now. However it is not a strange idea to me. I think this is probably because I have listened to our prophet speak. I feel a powerful, yet peaceful feeling when I hear him, telling me his words are of God. He speaks of endurance, kindness, charity, and joy. He tells of selfless people who sacrifice daily for the happiness of others. He gently counsels us to never stop trying to improve ourselves. I cannot doubt of our Heavenly Father's love for us when he speaks. I can feel God is speaking through him to us. What he is saying is what we, what I, need to hear. Listening to him strengthens my faith in Jesus Christ, and makes me want to be a better person. I'd encourage anyone to decide for themselves. Listen to the words of the prophet. Take careful note of how it makes you feel, and in prayer, ask God if his counsel is true, and from Him. Show more Show less