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Hi I'm Eliza

I'm a college student and returned missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My hobbies include reading, cooking, swimming, playing water polo, building retaining walls, running, and sleeping. I've worked as a lifeguard, a cafeteria cook at an elementary school, a Sunday School teacher, a researcher on the state of women's rights internationally, and as a big sister. I've been a Type 1 diabetic since I was eleven, and I've struggled with depression and made my way through. I served the Lord on an 18-month mission in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and now I'm studying Business Management at BYU.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe with all that I am that the gospel is true. It is hard sometimes to live up to the Lord's standards, but it's completely worth every difficulty. Jesus Christ is the savior of the world and my personal savior as well.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by praying, reading my scriptures, and looking for opportunities to serve others. I volunteer to work five hours every week in the Provo Temple, which is an incredible experience. I also am a co-ward mission leader in my ward and have the amazing opportunity to work with members of our ward to do online missionary work through social media.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Eliza
I have a testimony that we can learn about our Father in Heaven through prayer, study, obedience, and love. One thing I have come to know about Him is that He loves us, His children. I see this in scripture stories and people's actions, and I feel it in my prayers. I learn of about Him as I study His actions and words in the scriptures, and I come to a deeper understanding of Him as I look for the good in the people around me. When I obey His commandments and make more righteous choices, I Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Eliza
Missionaries will generally start off by getting to know you and your family. They will share a brief spiritual message centered on how Jesus Christ can help you in your life. Then they will introduce you to some tools you can use to come closer to Jesus Christ, like prayer, the Book of Mormon, and church attendance. In later visits they will tell you more about God's plan of happiness for His children and teach you how you can follow your Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Eliza
Mormons baptize their new members for many reasons, chief among them being: -Baptism is a commandment from God. We strive to follow the commandments of God -Baptism is a necessary part of receiving salvation through Jesus Christ -Baptism is a covenant with God that allows us to access the power of the Atonement in our lives -Baptism allows us to gain the blessings of having God's help, through the gift of the Holy Ghost, in our everyday lives Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Eliza
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the kingdom of God upon the earth. Christ is the head of this organization. Leaders and those who serve in any capacity in the Church are called by revelation by God, and receive their pay in spiritual growth and opportunities to serve. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Eliza
Order, and love, and justice, and mercy, truth, wisdom, families, joy, life, human nature, reason, science, and beauty all tell me there is a God. There is purpose in life, death, and love. Truth exists. Real peace comes not from the world but from an assurance that God is there and He loves us. How can you look into the eyes of a child and not know there is a God? Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Eliza
Human life is precious. Circumstances such as rape and the health of a potential mother may necessitate considering abortion, but God's plan is for his children to receive bodies on this earth. Show more Show less