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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I'm a reader, a writer, a student, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a child of God, and I'm most definitely a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college sophomore with ambitions and faith in God. I want to become the woman that God intended me to be. I've recently returned from a full-time mission for the Church in southern France, and I loved every minute of it! My interests include becoming a writer, finishing my degree in International Relations, finding a career that suits me, becoming a mother with my own eternal family, and becoming a true disciple of Christ. I'm an optimist, I love stories, I root for any team that comes from New England, I consider chocolate another essential food group, I can't get enough of learning about the world around me, I fiercely love my friends and family, and I'm trying to become more like Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

It's true. I have felt a witness of it. I was raised in the church, but that doesn't make my testimony any less valid. I have seen the way the church can change lives, and I have felt it change me. I know I would not be the person I am without it.

How I live my faith

Growing up, I always had to stand apart as the Mormon in my classes. This meant explaining who Mormons are quite often, and gently explaining why I had different standards about my dress and media choices. I live my faith by explaining it, but also by applying the truths that I learn. I study the word of God in the scriptures, and take into heart what I'm reading and what it means in my life. I pray to my God and seek His guidance in all that I do. I have a calling in my congregation, a specific duty that requires me to serve and look out for others. I try to live worthy of the blessings that God has promised, and continually seek the influence of the Holy Ghost. I prepare to go on a mission and enter the temple of the Lord. I repent when I make mistakes, knowing that Jesus Christ has suffered for my sins so that I can change and become a better person than I was before. I live my life knowing that God loves me and wants me to succeed in every righteous endeavor.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Elizabeth
A testimony is what makes the church matter to its members, because it's our own personal witnesses of the truthfulness of the gospel. We receive these witnesses from the Holy Ghost, a member of the Godhead specifically tasked with teaching us spiritual truths, guiding us throughout our lives, and giving us comfort. Once we feel this witness from the Holy Ghost, we begin to build testimonies about doctrinal truths. Testimonies take lifetimes to develop, and they often start out very small, but we are promised that if we continually seek the things of God, our understanding of the gospel will grow and our faith will become stronger. On the first Sunday of every month, Mormon congregations hold Fast and Testimony meetings and members of the congregation stand up at the pulpit and bear their own testimonies, meaning that they share what they believe and what they know to be true. Any Mormon will end his/her talks in church with his/her personal testimony as an affirmation of his/her beliefs. Show more Show less