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Hi I'm Eliza

I love to laugh and write my family's journal. I am a wife and mother of 4 young children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large, happy family. I am the 7th of my parents' eight children (2 boys and 6 girls). I have my share of idiosyncrasies (for example, I have a bit of a phone phobia and get anxious when I have to call or talk to others on the phone) but my husband of almost ten years now loves me all the same and maybe even more because of my unique quirks. We keep each other smiling. A few months after I graduated with my bachelors degree, my husband and I welcomed our first child, a baby boy, into our family. I have been fortunate to be a stay-at-home-mother ever since. My husband is a compounding pharmacist and we currently have four amazing (and silly) kids. My oldest two are boys and my youngest two are girls. I gave birth to my youngest daughter at home on my 30th birthday...she is my ultimate birthday present and one my husband and I joke we will never be able to top! I love music and sports. I love to laugh. I love to be surrounded by my family. It is safe to say I am living the life I always dreamed about!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born and raised in the faith and I consider that a beautiful blessing in my life, that is not why I continue to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a Mormon because I have asked in sincere prayer and had the spirit testify to me through the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon and the doctrines taught are true. I am a Mormon because the faith is centered around Jesus Christ and family. I know that Heavenly Father loves me and that He is very aware of my hopes, dreams, mistakes, sorrows, and joys. I know that if I am striving to make correct choices I will more easily see the hand of the Lord in the intimate details of my life. I am a Mormon because of the simple, sweet happiness and peace it brings into my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith the most in my role as a mother. I am able to help nurture and teach my young children that they are each a beloved child of God with great individual worth and a capacity to do good in this world to bless the lives of many others. I have the privilege of reminding them every day who they are and where they came from and who they are trying to be like, our Savior Jesus Christ. I am certainly not perfect but I try every day to be a little better.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Eliza
Jesus Christ was the supreme example of service. He blessed the lives of both the believers and the non-believers. In Galatians 5:13 it reads, "...by love serve one another." I enjoyed participating in countless service projects growing up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints---yard maintenance for neighbors in my community, food drives for the hungry and homeless, quilt making for children's hospitals, sanding and painting toys for orphans in foreign countries, etc. and I continue to enjoy service opportunities as an adult. In 2011 my husband was able to drive to a bordering state and join in the help of "Mormon Helping Hands" in tornado relief clean-up. I feel grateful to be apart of a church that has blessed and changed the lives of millions of people. In 2012 alone the Mormon Church: - Provided clean water to 890,000 people in 36 countries - Helped 51,000 people grow gardens in 16 countries - Donated wheelchairs to 70,000 people in 61 countries - Assisted 75,000 people with vision care in 24 countries - Trained 28,000 in-country medical personnel in neonatal resuscitation in 40 countries - Participated in immunizing 8 million children in 13 countries And that's beyond the unheralded, quiet acts of love and Christian service rendered daily among the 15+ million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across every continent in every corner of the earth. I am grateful to be a Latter-day Saint. Grateful to be a Mormon. Show more Show less