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Hi I'm Elizabeth Willson

I grew up in the Seattle. I love theater, welding, crocheting, piano, writing, dancing, horses, and Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life! I love exploring what there is to know, what there is to do, and what there is to experience! My love for theater was discovered during high school just shortly after we moved and I had the chance to start a new life. I have always wanted to try new things and to put myself in the most uncomfortable situations so I could challenge myself. As a result, I've developed several hobbies and become...well.. pretty good at them! I also fell in love with welding simply because it was something I've never tried before! I love writing short stories! And... Horse-back riding...and ballroom dancing. Anything that gets me out and gets me moving! I love challenging myself outdoors. Girls Camp was my favorite part of the summer and allowed me to really learn more about this beautiful earth Heavenly father has created for us. I loved sitting out by the lake just listening to the birds and feeling the warm sun on my face. Everyone has a story and there's no reason to be picky. Everyone has their sterling qualities and just because they're hidden is no reason to just leave them alone. I learned that very quickly when I moved and I felt like the one nobody liked. So how did I fix that? I made friends with all the other people who felt the same as I did. Soon enough we weren't alone! I KNOW that's how Christ works! That's how He's always worked. I feel it every day in my life, and I choose to follow his example! :)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the teachings have made so much sense to me. "Work for what you earn" is what has been the most impressed upon me about this church. I asked myself when I was about 13 "What do I really want?" I wanted to live with Jesus Christ, my Older Brother, again. Its not an over-night change. You don't wake up the person who consistently thinks of Him, especially at thirteen, but you little by little change what you do in the smallest instances. When enough small instances build up, you move on to bigger moments for changing your behavior and your thought process and your interaction with other people. I'm a Mormon because I know with all my heart that this is where I can best succeed in knowing the Jesus Christ and growing into the best person I can become.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living my best everyday. My example reflects in my actions in how I treat elderly folk, children, teens, adults, supervisors, teachers, coaches; I'm not completely perfect (my temper sometimes does get the better of me) but if there is one thing I know can show how I live my faith, it in the manner in which I treat my fellow men. With that in mind, I've been called in mostly serving and leading positions such as the Laurel president in my ward and a Young Single Adult Stake Regional Committee Representative.These callings have taught me how to successfully organize events with people's interests in mind and to help reach out to those who may be struggling. In my mind, everyone deserves and needs a friend. If that's in the front of my mind, why wouldn't it be in the front of the Lord's mind also? I live my faith by giving back to the Lord. He's given me so much through this gospel. So in recent months, I've been serving a full-time mission! I currently serve in the Jacksonville Florida area and I LOVE IT HERE! I love the people and the plentiful opportunities to teach people! (and make myself uncomfortable. ;] ) I know that not every day is successful, but the success is in the effort. That's what Heavenly Father cares about, that's all he's ever cared about, and your effort comes after you've made your choice. I've made my choice to follow the Lord and I can promise you now that I know that He's leading me, ever day, little by little, back Home. :)

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Elizabeth Willson
Women don't hold the priesthood in our church because they are the instructors of the children. They are charged with the most important duty of raising the children and being the care-takers of the home. People make think this a derogatory role, but what is derogatory about influencing the next generation and guiding from a young age great thinkers and leaders of the world? What is derogatory about being the safe haven after a long day's work? What is derogatory about being the comforting arm when a bad day just doesn't seem to get better? Being the care-taker does not prevent women from leading in the church. They lead in organizations of service and projects. They reach out to the young women of the world to be encouraged into becoming respectful women in this world. Women in this church are just as influential as the men are. The fact that they don't receive the priesthood is the fact that they have their own responsibilities to attend to. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Elizabeth Willson
The priesthood is the authority and power of God that He entrusts to worthy men to help Him do His work here on the earth. We're imperfect mortal beings. Without the priesthood, none of God's divine work could be accomplished. So he entrusted that to those men who prove themselves worthy. Men learn service through the priesthood and we know they can be a bit stubborn at times when asked to help. Women, being naturally inclined to help and strengthen and lift, don't need that little extra push. ;) The priesthood is the laying on of hands from one holding the priesthood authority and giving it to the one who's head is under their hands. He can't get it from anywhere else. He can't get it from the internet, from going to school, from claiming to have been commanded from God to go do something. He HAS to get it from someone else, and even before that prove himself worthy. The official church statement on the priesthood is this : "God expects those who hold this sacred priesthood authority to follow the example of Jesus Christ and serve with love, gentleness, and kindness." With this power comes a responsibility. Show more Show less