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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I'm a mother of four. I enjoy distance running and outdoor adventures with my family. I'm a nurse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married to my best friend and am a mother to four amazing children. I am a Registered Nurse and love my profession- I thought that I would always work at least part time, as working as a nurse has brought me so much joy and fulfilment. When my first child turned one, though, I realized that all I wanted was to be home with my family full time. Now I spend my days raising one daughter and three sons, and I could not love it more. While my family keeps me quite busy, I still find time each day to run and to read- two hobbies that I love. I also enjoy hiking and other outdoor adventures with my family, walking my dog, and experimenting with cooking new foods (where I am sometimes very successful and sometimes end my experiment by ordering pizza...) I enjoy working towards large goals and am usually always training for a new race (working on my third marathon now) and completing new continuing education courses to keep up my nursing skills for use in the future. Life has been so good to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by two faithful, wonderful parents who were (and are) members of this church. As a child I felt the Spirit of the Lord in my home, and I never doubted that I had a Father in Heaven who loved me. As a teenager I realized that I needed to learn for myself if the gospel as I had always been taught it was true. I knew that the way I had been taught to live- with honesty, integrity, good health habits, and high moral standards- was the best way to live. As I lived the way I had been taught to live, I felt the Spirit often and slowly came to know for myself that each doctrine of the gospel taught in the church was true and given by a loving God. I prayed as a young teenager to know if Joseph Smith was really a prophet, and if he had really brought Christ's true gospel back to the earth. The answer I received was a powerful witness from the Spirit that I have never again doubted. I finished reading the Book of Mormon for the first time at age 9, and can still remember the beautiful confirmation of its truth I received when I completed it. I have read the book many times since then and have always felt warmth and peace. As a young university student I attended a large meeting where the prophet- who was Gordon B Hinckley at the time- was speaking. The Spirit filled me more powerfully than I had ever felt it as I heard him speak, and I could never again doubt the power and necessity of a living prophet on the earth. Living the gospel is an experiment- I have always seen it that way. When you live the way you know you should live, the Spirit is always present to let you know that what you are doing is right. The gospel of Jesus Christ, which is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is beautiful and simple and makes so much sense. It has always brought peace, happiness, and so much joy to my life.

How I live my faith

My faith and activity in my church are a huge part of my life. Every day I work to maintain my own spiritual health; I regularly study the scriptures (the Bible and the Book of Mormon) both alone and with my family. I find opportunities daily to teach my children the gospel of Jesus Christ, and once a week my family puts aside one evening to spend having fun together and learning the gospel together. I also spend a good amount of time planning and preparing lessons for the children at church, as I have been working for over three years with the children age 18 months to 11 years in our church congregation. I have been greatly blessed during times of need by other people in my church, who have always been like family to me since I live far away from my own family. I try to do the same for others by helping out where I can- giving rides, preparing meals, watching after children, or doing whatever else I can to ease the burdens of others who are having a hard time.