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Hi I'm Ann Elizabeth

I grew up in New York. I'm a writer, world-traveler, humanitarian, and all around people enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love learning about new peoples and places. Nothing beats a good conversation, a thought-provoking read, or a brilliant piece of theater. It bridges our hearts and minds. Through university, mission, and work, I have always jumped at the chance to get out in the world and make connections. Having lived in 5 countries in 5 years, I decided it was time to recalibrate and give back where it matters most: home. I am at last learning to breathe and appreciate the big and small in the world. We all have something to give.

Why I am a Mormon

Faith and family are hands down the most important to me. Reared in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have looked to the Gospel of Jesus Christ time and time again for peace and perspective. Every one faces frustration: my Dad lost his job and was unemployed for 5 years while serving as a church leader, my little sister was born into a body with serious, demanding disabilities, I myself have struggled with personal doubt, loneliness, depression, and confusion. But through it all I have felt guided, empowered, and enabled to become something better. The Savior is the only rock in my beautiful, zany life.

How I live my faith

The 18 months I spent as a missionary in Cambodia typify how I want to live my faith. Action! I am passionate about actively giving back. I owe everything to my parents and my God. I believe that thoughtful service--things as simple as being friendly, using reusable shopping bags, or feeding the missionaries--is how I can begin to become like Jesus Christ. I like how 1930's tap dancing star Eleanor Powell put it: What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.

What is the priesthood?

Ann Elizabeth
Admittedly I'm a bit of a headstrong, defiantly independent woman. (I could give credentials and cite classic moments, but who wants to read that?) People wonder where I stand on male authority and roles in the church. I have a lot of opinions and varied experiences, but what I can say for sure is that the fundamental rights of all of God's powers are exercised upon principles of love, faith, humility, and obedience. You lose that anchoring, you lose the guidance and worthiness of the Spirit of the Lord. "Amen to the priesthood or the authority..." (Doctrine & Covenants 121:36-42). That goes across the board for man and woman. I think God intends to give us all a little taste of power in this life. What we do with it speaks volumes…louder than what those specific powers were to begin with. We are accountable for what we are given and what we do within our jurisdiction. I believe we can make our own sunshine on earth. I also believe God calls leaders to direct His church and affairs. I support and exercise faith in my leaders, male priesthood holders and inspired women alike. Show more Show less