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Hi I'm Eliza

I was adopted in December of1998. I love swimming, riding my bike, reading and playing with kids and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up was a different experience for me than for other kids my age because my parents taught us all how to do things that other parents don't teach their children. Let me start off by saying that I'm one of 6 girls in my family and I think the fact that we are all girls who know how to do lots of things ranging from pouring cement, building fences and chopping wood to ironing clothes, making meals and playing piano has given us ample opportunities to serve others and bless their lives as much as our own. I love my family to pieces and there isn't much I wouldn't do to keep them from harm. I absolutely ADORE children! They are the truly innocent and I hope to have many kids when I'm older and help as many other kids as I can by improving their lives any way I can. One of my dreams is to start an orphanage in a foreign country where children are not loved or cared for enough. I ran cross country and did swim in highschool and I have completed one semester of college at BYUI studying nursing. I leave for my mission on April 2nd and I cannot wait!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon simply because I know that this is God's true church on the earth today. I feel so much happiness, so much peace and joy and comfort in the knowledge that I have a loving Heavenly Father who always watches over me and always loves me no matter what. How do I know that this is His true church? Because I have prayed and asked to know if it is. And there wasn't ever one specific time I can remember that I felt God answer my prayer, or even an overwhelming spirit filled me as I asked. No. That's not what happened at all. Through careful study of the scriptures and constant communication with my Father in Heaven, I know without a doubt that Christ lives. I know without a doubt that Joseph Smith saw The Father and The Son and that he restored the fullness of the Gospel to the earth and by the power of the Holy Spirit translated the Book of Mormon for our use and study. I know with a surety that as we obey the commandments and diligently strive to do what's right, that we can come to know of the truth and once we know it, hold onto it and never let go! Miracles happen every day. I have seen them in my life and the lives of others time and time again. God is real. He is with us every step of the way, we just have to have faith in Him.

How I live my faith

I try as hard as I can to live the teachings of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that as I do my best each day to improve myself and be more Christlike that I'm steadily becoming the person He wants me to become. I have a limited ability to play the piano but I have had opportunities to play for meetings and even though it's oversimplified, the feeling I get from performing this service never ceases to make me smile and wish I could improve my ability. I always attend church no matter what and I perform the callings I've been given over the years to the best I can. One thing that has truly blessed my life is living the values that are given in the young women's program for the church. The values are faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity and virtue. Living with these as my core values has protected me from harmful situations, especially when I have integrity. I'm not one of the people who goes to church on Sunday, smiles at people and acts nice and the next day I'm a different person. I continue to live the standards that have been set for me and I've set for myself because I know it's right and because I WANT to. I love my Savior.