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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I was 10 when my family moved to TN, US. High school friends led me to the church. I'm a music teacher, a runner, and a Mormon.

About Me

I began my life on a farm in Michigan, where I lived until I was 10. We then moved to Tennessee, where I have since stayed. I met and married a man as I was finishing college, and that didn't work so well. We divorced, and I lived as a single mom for about 15 years.. During that time, I received a master's degree in music education. I have been teaching elementary music for about 16 years. In 2014, I was blessed to marry a man who had been my best friend for almost 10 years. I am living proof that God loves his children, watches over us, and gives us more chances than we would ever deserve! My hobbies include writing and making music (especially singing), running marathons and other kinds of exercise, vegetable gardening, and helping others wherever I can. I hope to gain experience recording and mastering music so that I can share my two great passions, music and the gospel of Jesus Christ, with the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 18. My parents were very unhappy with my decision. However, I had friends who had not only explained what they believed, but they also lived what they believed everyday. I wanted what they had, but I had been taught that it was evil. Eventually, one of my friends convinced me to read the Book of Mormon. Another friend had loaned me a copy before, but I felt too guilty reading it and gave it back. This time, Heavenly Father sent me a dream about getting the book from this friend. The next day my friend handed the book to me, telling me about how she had prayed and felt it was the right thing to do, even though I had given a copy back before. The dream got me started, but the message of the Book of Mormon changed my mind and heart. I found testimony of my Savior on almost every page -- and it seemed to me that the writers really knew Him. By the time I got to the last book and was challenged to judge for myself whether something is good or evil, I knew. The Book of Mormon is good. It is given from God. My life hasn't been easy because I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have struggles in life. I have been through a rough divorce, raised children as a single mom, taken bumps and bruises to my ego at work and at church, and have found a way through Christ to overcome codependency. I am a Mormon because the witness of the Holy Spirit gives me hope. I can be and am forgiven for my sins and mistakes. God is looking out for my children the same way He has always watched over me. My trials will be used to give me strength. I can look back over my life and see how by following Heavenly Father and obeying His will, I have become a better person than I could have ever been on my own. I am a Mormon because I asked, and the answer I received is that the Book of Mormon and the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith on a day-to-day basis. Being a follower of Christ influences everything I think, say, and do. I think the most important part of living my faith is in the private, unseen details. I try to study my scriptures daily, and I pray a lot. Our church also teaches about fasting, which involves going without food and drink for about 24 hours, paying a fast offering to benefit those with financial needs, and praying over a special concern or problem. I have seen many miracles and blessings come to me and to others through the power of fasting, so I do that regularly, too. I have found it's also very important to me to measure myself by what God sees, and not by what others see. I want to be a genuine disciple, even if I'm not a perfect one! As a teacher, I try hard to make sure that I am building and lifting my students and my colleagues. I try to be a light and set an example that others can follow. I support children with cancer by running to raise money for cancer research and by growing my hair and donating it to be made into wigs for children who have lost their hair during the cancer treatment process. At church, I am currently responsible for overseeing the music in our region. I love the calling! I have previously served as a cub scout leader and a nursery teacher, among other jobs. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, we have a tradition of serving where we are needed, and I love it! Because my current position leaves me without many Sunday responsibilities, I try to step in and substitute wherever and whenever I'm asked.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Elizabeth
Personally, I have found Mormon women (myself included) to be self-confident and strong-willed. Many of us have wrestled with what appears to be inequality over the issues of priesthood and male leadership. I think it's significant that even when we question, we stick with the church. For me, this is because of faith and testimony. I know my Father in Heaven, and I have felt his influence in my life. He has answered prayers, comforted me through priesthood blessings and the power of the Holy Spirit, led me, changed me, and made me more than I ever could have been withouth the gospel of Christ. My ability to reach out and to truly care about others has been enlarged. My stamina -- physically, mentally, and emotionally -- has increased. I find myself seeking for ways to make a positive difference in the world. Most of the women I know in church are the same way, even though it looks different on each of us because of our unique talents and strengths. No one is perfect, and men and women sometimes treat each other badly. That's not the Lord's way -- it is a fallen way. I have found, though, that when men and women are truly working to live as Christ asks, we iron out those differences and work together well. Our efforts complement each other. Together, men and women in the church raise amazingly strong families, move the work of Christ forward, and make positive differences in our world. Show more Show less