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Hi I'm Elizabeth Whitehead

I'm VP of Marketing for a global anti-aging company, a mother of 5, an avid runner and art fanatic. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am divorced and remarried and between me and my husband we have five amazingly beautiful, talented children. I work and like many people these days my schedule is ridiculously hectic. I travel all over the world; I love the diverse cultures, customs and especially the people I've met over the past 16 years. I juggle (sometimes more gracefully than others) a demanding career with my children and their various sporting and academic activities. I couldn't do this alone so I owe my dear husband much gratitude for his never ending patience and support. I'm happiest when I have a few moments to truly enjoy my sweet family and all the joy they bring to my life. It can be a simple moment when we are winding down for the night or laughing while on family vacation in an exotic locale. I started running about four years ago and haven't stopped since. It has become a great stress reliever and confidence builder as I witness my body morphing into something stronger and more capable than I ever imagined. I've also found this to be a great way to connect with my sisters as we train and run races together we have formed deeper bonds and use those times to discuss whatever is on our minds (family, religion, work and life in general). Since family brings me so much happiness I'm grateful to know that I can be with them forever.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a Mormon because it brings me happiness. When I'm studying and living the teachings my life seems to be richer, I have a greater sense of purpose and I know that I can handle anything that comes my way. I'm sure many wonder why I would add one more thing to my already full plate but I don't look at my church membership as 'one more thing', it's actually the foundation from which everything else is built. Knowing I have this strong base enables me to tackle the day to day with the perspective that my true purpose is greater than I can even understand at this moment. I love the gospel, I love my Savior, I love my Heavenly Father and I know that they have great things in store for me if I'm only willing to listen and follow their counsel. I love the opportunities we have to serve one another in this church, it gives me the ability to feel like I'm making small contributions and everytime I help someone else I am happy and ultimately feel love and loved.

How I live my faith

In addition to work, family and personal interests I try to regularly engage in church activities. I have been asked to teach the 12-14 year old girls on Sundays. We also meet one weeknight (usually Wednesdays) to do a service project or play a fun game. It's a great way to get to know these special girls and provide opportunities for growth and development. We talk about values, morality, choices, our purpose in life and how our Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us. I feel like my beliefs are strengthened as I spend time with them, I'm constantly learning more about my faith as these girls are developing into beautiful young women. I also served a Mormon mission in Tokyo Japan after graduating from college. This was probably one of the most powerful experiences in my life to date; I literally lost myself in the service of others, it was incredible. I was sharing this happy message that our church offers to the people of Japan and while there were many difficult days I have only fond memories of my time there. Our 19year old daughter is doing the same thing right now in Knoxville TN. We are hoping all of our children will follow this path as well, to learn to sacrifice, to trust in God and to love others unconditionally.