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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I grew up in Colorado. I love to act and sing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student that finds joy in acting, singing, and serving wherever I can. Making others smile keeps me going and among other things, I love good literature and quality film-making, so in other words, I'm a theatre kid that also likes Star Trek and the Hobbit and Sherlock, etc. I don't quite fit in the box, but it doesn't matter who you are, what you look like, or what your experience is; the Lord has no requirements for those on his team. I have also been called to serve a mission in Chile this upcoming year!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are converts to the church and growing up, we became inactive. When I was twelve, I was invited to a church activity and began coming back every week for the youth group activities. After a few months, I began going to church on Sundays on my own and after much prayer, I was able to bring my family with me back to church. Whereas we used to be individuals forced to live under the same roof, we are now an eternal family that loves and cares for each other. I am a Mormon because, through the power of this gospel and our Heavenly Father, my family was brought back together and we are happier than ever having the support of parents and siblings around us at all times. The gospel has truly made our home a holy place; somewhere the Spirit can dwell.

How I live my faith

In my ward, I am a congregational chorister and lead the hymns on Sundays. I am also a ward missionary and soon to be full-time missionary! I love going to church; I find joy in each lesson we learn and in each conversation we have. I try to live my faith in everything I do and keep high standards not only because I am encouraged to, but because I want to for myself. It is a huge blessing to be a member of the church and I am so grateful for everybody who supports me in my efforts.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Mormon church services are different than many church services in that we do communion and the "sermon" a little differently. Our communion is passed by several young men of the congregation to each member while they sit in their seats. The "sermon" also isn't given by one pastor or preacher. It is given by members of the local congregation who have a chance to prepare a talk on a certain subject and present it during the meeting. There are usually two to three speakers; I myself have given a number of talks, as have my parents and siblings. I personally love hearing the experiences and thoughts of the local church members as they often give you something extra to ponder. The doctrine is the same everywhere, but sometimes it is more advantageous to learn it from the mouths of your peers and family members. This meeting (which we refer to as sacrament meeting) is usually a little over an hour. We then have Sunday School based on age and then split into more meetings based on age and gender. The approximate runtime is three hours, though visitors (which are totally welcome to any of the meetings!) can stay for as little or long a time as they prefer. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

All Mormons are not required to serve missions; in fact, no Mormon is required to serve a mission. The missionaries that you meet are all volunteers, and in fact had to apply and go through several interviews in order to be considered for full-time missionary service. It is not the draft, it is a personal choice. Many, if not all, are encouraged to serve a mission, but that does not mean it is required. I applied for a mission of my own free will, knowing that I could be called anywhere in the world, and have now been called to serve in Chile next year! Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Picture a tree. Let's pretend the whole tree is the whole church. The big limbs that grow off thereof are stakes. The twigs and leaves that grow off of those are wards and branches. So, the church is made up of stakes and each stake is made up of wards or branches (a branch is just like a mini ward). Basically, they're words to categorize congregations and just like limbs grow on different places on the tree, so stakes grow in different places of the church. The church is a worldwide organization and there are stakes and wards and branches all over the place. They are organized geographically so you can attend the church that is closest to you. Each church teaches the same doctrine, too, so no matter where you go you can learn the same things. Show more Show less