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Hi I'm Elizabeth F. Atchley

I'm an animal lover and a lover of the United States and it's military. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I tried being normal once. Worst 5 minutes of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a convert, this gospel has opened my eyes to the wondrous teachings of Christ during his ministry here on Earth. There have been so many changes throughout my life that have helped me gain a testimony of the truth of this gospel. I have no doubt that without this gospel there would be no way that I would've known so much of our Savior and his Atonement.

How I live my faith

I believe that faith is an action, a way of life. My faith is something that affects everything I do, from the language I use (or don't use) to my priorities in life. I try to make my faith a part of each day. I pray daily and study from the scriptures, I go to church on Sundays, and I keep my eyes open for the small miracles that God gives me every day. I also try to do little acts of service to uplift the people around me. Sometimes I don't know if the people I serve notice a difference, but it always makes my day a little brighter to spend time helping others.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Elizabeth F. Atchley
Go outside. Take a look at God's many creations. Breath in, nice and deep. Do you feel that oxygen in your lungs, being transported by a heart that will beat two billion, nine hundred sixty five million, five hundred thousand times before it quits, to a cell with fully capable and functioning parts that are so small we're not even sure how they work? Look at all of the stars. Now consider all of the atoms. This was not all a mistake. We didn't just come from no-where and we won't just cease to exist when we are dead. God is everywhere, in all of his creations. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Elizabeth F. Atchley
Faith is the opposite of fear. It is the ability to believe in something regardless of the lack of hard, cold evidence and facts. For instance, let us consider the feeling of love. One cannot deny the fact that love, as an emotion, is invisible to the naked eye, yet all have felt the stirrings and warmth it produces. Poets and writers have sought to define this powerful word; scientists have made it their life goal to strip away at this emotion until it fits into their box of things they fully and completely understand and control; people have fought for this intangible sensation that has encompassed their entire heart and soul, and yet, where is the proof that love even exists? We talk of love, we know of love, we feel love, but alas, we cannot see it with our own eyes. Much like love, faith is not seen. Faith is to "hope for things which are not seen, which are true" (see Book Of Mormon, Alma 32:21 and Hebrews 11:1). My faith in my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ allows me to go to them in prayer and know that they understand what I am going through. It allows me to trust in them with my whole heart and know that with my God and my Savior, I will always find my safety. My faith allows me to honestly say, with every fiber of my being, the words I knew as a child: "Jesus loves me." Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Elizabeth F. Atchley
Christ taught that baptism was necessary to enter the kingdom of God and even traveled a long distance to be baptized by John the Baptist. Christ was perfect and still had to be baptized in order to return to heaven. He knew that John the Baptist held the proper authority to perform the baptism, which is why he chose to go such a long distance from where he was. He could have just been dunked in water by anyone and called it a baptism, but he knew of God’s requirements for baptism. Not all people had a chance to learn about baptism while on the earth. Some people chose to never get baptized. And others were not baptized by the proper authority. Because God is a just God, he doesn't change and his requirement for baptism doesn't change, but he is also a merciful God and has provided a way that all might meet the requirement for baptism, even if they didn't have a chance while on this earth. The baptisms by proxy that we do for our deceased ancestors gives them a choice to accept that ordinance if they believe, and thus be able to enter God’s kingdom. Those who do not believe are not forced to accept the work we do for them on this earth,they will always have their agency, but because God loves them, he will always give them an equal chance. Show more Show less