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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I'm a college student, an only child, a huge Star Trek fan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the church, and spent much of my young life moving around the world. As a kid I lived overseas in Indonesia for a short time, and I'd like to go back some day. I spend most of my free time, well, not having any because I'm always super busy with school and being a reporter for the school newspaper. Once you become a reporter you never really stop being one, I love to talk to people and find out what their story is and then help them to find the right way to tell it. When I finally do manage to get a second where I'm not talking to somebody, I love to read sci-fi novels, discuss current events, read the Wall Street Journal, and attempt to cook things. The cooking being a bit of a work in progress. I'm getting there.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I want to see everybody I care about again. The knowledge that we can all be saved together as families is what is most important to me. Even though I'm an only child I cannot picture what it would be like to be told you could never see a family member again because they never had the chance to know the truth. This gospel offers everybody that ever lived that choice. I like to hope that those around me will look and see my influence and that will help them to know for themselves that it's true. I want those around me to be happy forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others. It is my goal each day to do something for somebody to make their day brighter, and I honestly find that when I look for the chance to help lift other people it helps lift me as well. Even something as simple as smiling at somebody can make their day, and always trying to be that positive upbeat influence in other people's lives leaves more of an impression then many other things you can do. I also live my faith by being willing to serve at all times. Sometimes it is much easier to not get up early to go to meetings and plan activities--and it's ALWAYS easier to attend a Christmas social then try and plan one, but part of serving is doing things that are hard and trusting that they'll work out in the end. Serving isn't always easy, but it will ALWAYS be worth it, if for nothing else then to see the smiles on the faces of little kids when they see Santa for the first time.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Thomas S. Monson is the current president of the church today, and is the one man called to speak for the church as the Prophet. However, there are all others called to assist him in his duties as a prophet. Those called to assist him include the first presidency, and quorum of the twelve whom are also called to be prophets in their own right. We are taught in the New Testament that John was considered to be a prophet during the same time period Christ was on the Earth. Many Book of Mormon prophets overlap with those in the Bible; and we still consider them to be prophets. The title of prophet is not simply limited to one person, but is applied to many whom are worthy teachers of Christ. Thomas S. Monson is also not simply a Mormon Prophet. He is the Prophet over the whole Earth. Just as many Old Testament prophets were called to serve a wicked people and preach the gospel and repentance, so the prophet is today. It does not matter the faith of the individual Thomas S. Monson is the only man authorized to speak for God to All of God's people, it is their choice to listen to him or not. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is your own personal witness of truth. Testimonies are gained by study, pondering, and praying about questions and recieving a conformation from the Holy Ghost that what you're learning is true. It is a "warm fuzzy" feeling you get on the inside while reading the scriptures and having the Holy Ghost conform the truth to you; it is how you can come to know for yourself about the truthes contained in the scriptures--and about other subjects that you cannot 'prove' to be true. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Grace is an enabling power that allows us to be saved after we do all that we can. We all sin in life and through Grace we can live with God again. It is one of God's most precious gifts to his children on this Earth. When we do all that we can in any situation Grace makes up for what we lack and allows us to fullfil his commandment to be perfect. We do not believe that we are saved by Grace alone, but by faith and works. Grace is what makes up the difference between our efforts and God's standards. We must however do the work ourselves to apply the enabling power that is Grace; it is not by Grace alone that we are redeemed. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

A restoration of the Gospel was needed because over time the truth taught by the Savior became mingled with the doctrine of men, and the authority given to the apostles by Christ was lost along with the power to preform the saving ordinances. We haven't always had the Bible in the form it's in now. The Jews had the five books of Moses as well as most of the Old testament in their scriptures, these along with additional scriptures that were lost over time were what Christ and his apostles had. After Christ's death was when much of the New Testament was written. The apostles as well as other followers of Christ such as Paul who was only converted after the Savior's death wrote a combination of letters and accounts of their experiences. These were put in a book together much after Christ's death by a council of religious leaders. More over the orginal Bible comes from a mix of different languages that have all been translated multiple times. There was no English version of the Bible until reformers began the work of translation. The Bible in English has only existed for around 400 years. Moreover because of the many different times it was translated much of the truth in the work became altered. A historical anecdote reguarding the translation process tells of a dispute over using the word "king" instead of "tyrant" in order to make the translation more politically appealing to the rulers of the time--a far cry from the pure truth that the Savior had taught. Show more Show less

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

The missionaries will talk about Jesus Christ. All lessons that the missionaries teach relate back to Jesus Christ because his teachings and doctrine are at the core of our beliefs. There are lessons they will teach about the Book of Mormon, the restoration of the Gospel, the Plan of Salvation, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, however these are all designed to help people draw closer to Christ. They will also teach the standards of the church such as the law of chasity, tithing, and the word of wisdom which are ways to show our commitment to Christ by following him. They will teach the things that God wants you personally to hear. They are messagers and representives of Jesus Christ and will help to communicate how much he loves you and wants you to return to live with him. They will listen to your concerns and strive to help you over come challanges in your life through applying Christ's atonement and gaining a deeper relationship with God. Show more Show less