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Hi I'm Elizabeth Porter

I am a college student from Arizona. I love my life. I want to make something of myself. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an English major and psychology minor in my third year of college. I love learning about how the human brain works to influence our personalities and motivations. In connection with that, I am fascinated by how words allow us to connect and communicate with others. Only a really really good book can get me to turn down a volleyball game or fun outside. Snow is my favorite toy. My best friend is my brother, who is ten months older than I am. He teases me and I pretend I don't like it, but I soak it up. I am so grateful that he looks out for me. I have two other sisters and an older brother. Although they live far away, they are such a support to me. I have a bucket list that I love to work through! Among my bucket list items, I am trying to master different accents and juggling. I am learning to overcome my fear of cooking which, I am learning, can indeed be fun! Whistling is probably the thing I love most on my bucket list. Although I put down my flute a few years ago, I continue to love music. When (someday) someone recognizes the tune I am whistling, I will have accomplished a great thing.

Why I am a Mormon

Happiness. I am a Mormon because I have tested the principles of this church. I study the doctrines and live the commandments the best I can. It has made me happier than I could have ever imagined! And I am still premature in the gospel. I am awed by just thinking about all of the happiness that is ahead if I continue to keep the promises I have made to God. I know that the truths of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true with every capacity of my heart and mind. I know because of the magnitude of the happiness I have felt. I feel this happiness when I read the words of God and try to understand what they are saying to ME. I feel this happiness when I study the organization of the church and know that it is divinely appointed. I feel this happiness when I receive blessings from servants of God that hold His priesthood and feel that they have the power of God. I feel this happiness when I keep the commandments and see how they help me live a better life. I feel this happiness when truth resonates in my soul. I feel this happiness when I know that I can be with my family forever. The times I have felt this happiness most are when I have felt the power of repentance. Its healing is so real--I cannot fully explain it. When I think about the sacrifice of my Savior, Jesus Christ, who allows me to overcome my weaknesses, then I feel so happy that my heart wants to explode. That is how I know. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be better every day. Sometimes it is through formal church activities like listening intently at church or teaching my peers in weekly lessons. Most of the time, though, it is through loving the people around me and trying to understand them. I have learned that nothing can make me happier than making someone else happier. I am addicted to serving. That is one reason I want to be actively involved in this church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints adds meaning to my efforts to serve and love. The gospel truths permeate every interaction I have with others and make it an opportunity to learn from and love someone. To take advantage of those opportunities, I have to be determined to make myself a better person. For me, living my faith means applying the things the gospel teaches me to every situation that I experience. When everyday is a lesson on how I can live what I believe more exactly, how can I not find happiness and a sense of fulfillment in my daily actions?