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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I grew up in rural Oregon. I have a great husband and little boy. I have a love for art and teaching. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

It's not always the "cool" thing to go to college and start a family, all under the age of 25, but we did it anyway. My husband and I are going to school while raising our first child, and life is crazy busy and fun! We love our little guy so much and can't imagine our college years without him now! I'm studying to be and Elementary Teacher, following in the footsteps of both my parents. I hope to teach someday, but I'm satisfied with using my skills to teach my little boy for now. I'm also a free-lance digital artist. I created a little Etsy business to sell my artwork which is geared toward nursery and children's room decor. Aside from school, we love to spend time camping and hiking in the summer and playing in the snow in the winter. My husband and I also get a bit competitive playing tennis, but that's just our personalities! Life is exciting, yet somewhat unsure right now, because we cannot see exactly where our degrees will take us or if we'll be successful. But I have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to guide me and my family, and with that faith, I do not fear.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me about Jesus Christ's gospel from a young age. High school was difficult at times, and being one of only a few Mormons in my school, teasing did happen. But my parents taught me to be good and kind always. They taught me about eternal things, like love, family, and Christ's Atonement. They showed me through their lives that living the principles of Jesus Christ would bring greater happiness than any earthly thing or idea. Now that I'm on my own path, with my own family, I can see even clearer the truth in their words and actions. This verse of the Hymn "Each Life That Touches Ours for Good" has been a favorite of mine for some time now. It describes how I try to live my life: What greater gift dost thou bestow, What greater goodness can we know Than Christlike friends, whose gentle ways Strengthen our faith, enrich our days. I always want to be looked at as a "Christ-like" friend. There are so many people in this world that need one simple thing, and that is LOVE, Christ admonished all to love one another. Mormons believe and teach that by loving others, you will begin to understand how God feels toward each of his children. We live here on earth right now so that we can gain experience and someday we will use that experience in our heavenly state. One experience essential to the plan is FAMILY. I know that the family is the most important unit of life on earth and in the eternities to come. I feel my role as a mother the highest calling God has given me. God himself has entrusted me with one of his own children, and I will be held responsible for how I teach and nurture him in his youth. I know that Christ lives and that His Atonement is real. I know the truthfulness of this Gospel. I will strive my whole life to live these principles and defend this gospel, because I know God lives.

How I live my faith

I love living my life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or simply put, as a Mormon. I go to church every Sunday, and for me it's three hours dedicated to learning and discussing our Savior, and sometimes wrestle with my restless son! Right now I am not called to any position, simply because of that restless son who needs my care 24/7. Thankfully he can go to the nursery at 18 months old! Still, I get the opportunity to meet with other women and share our experiences together, many who also have young children. This has blessed my life. This life extends past Sunday though, into everyday things. Before I got married, I was a women's leader in my single adults church group. It was an experience that I learn so much from, having the opportunity to serve and fulfill many needs of struggling young adult women. I had a special experience a couple years ago of working with a woman of another faith, who was a leader for the women in her faith. She and I became close friends by sharing our love for Jesus Christ and realizing the bond all faiths have to promote goodwill throughout the world. I was able to explain some of the unique attributes of my faith, like Eternal Marriage in our sacred Temples. How the "secretiveness" that the world saw temples as, was really for sacred purposes, not meant to be worldly but instead holy. I also explained Tithing, a ten percent donation of our earnings, as a commandment from God written of in the Bible and reinstated today. I told her how it made things like education affordable for people throughout the world, for me included. And also, how living with out things like alcohol, smoking, or even coffee to me is normal. I feel healthier and happier because I do so. My choice to live this way has never hindered my chance to have a full happy life, it has only increased it. So I live it gratefully and proudly.