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Hi I'm Liz

I'm a traveler, runner, student and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an International Studies major at BYU-Idaho. I love learning about other cultures, and I think languages are awesome. I speak French and am learning Spanish. I hope to one day be an international lobbyist for clean energy sources. I also want to be a mediator between governments so that those who are losing their land due to the rise in sea levels caused by climate change can relocate to different countries, and keep their culture while also adapting to and accepting the culture of the country they've moved to. It's a long shot, but I'm going to try. I love to travel, and have been to 9 countries and over 30 U.S. states. my favorite place is Florence, Italy. I love hiking, and doing lots of outdoorsy things. I grew up playing softball, basketball, tennis, and doing ballet. I also recently picked up Ultimate Frisbee.Tennis is definitely my favorite sport. Running was always a punishment for making a mistake in sports so I hated it...which is crazy because I now love running! I've recently gotten into marathon running and it's the greatest feeling! I've run two marathons in the last year. Neither were official, my friends and I just decided to make t-shirts and run them. The first one I didn't even train for, I just ran it. I'm a firm believer that anyone can do whatever they put their mind to...including run a marathon. Running is now my passion and I want to run a marathon at least once a year for as long as my knees allow it, and maybe even run the Boston one day.

Why I am a Mormon

This world has a lot of good to offer, but it is also crazy. Growing up in the LDS faith I often relied on the testimony of my parents or mentors. However, as I've gotten older, and have gone through trials, and seen the craziness of the world, I've needed something more. Christ is constant in an ever changing world. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and so is our Father in Heaven. As I have searched for the answer as to why I am here and who I am, I have come to feel the peace that is felt in knowing that I am a daughter of deity. I have a Father in Heaven who is God and who loves me. I find joy in knowing that when I am completely alone and feel betrayed or abandoned, My Father in Heaven and my savior, Jesus Christ, care about me. They are there to listen to me. Christ atoned not only for our sins but for our sorrows, and our worries, and fears. He can get us through anything if we rely on him. It's through those experiences that I have come to know with a surety that this church teaches the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I hope that all people can one day go to the temple of the Lord. The peace, joy, relief, that my soul feels there is unlike any feeling. It is hard to describe. The covenants made in the temple are beautiful, and I know that they are they way we get back to our Father in Heaven. He wants us with him again. I know that the trials we go through are to make us stronger and to test our faith in God. I'm grateful for these trials. I have come to rely on God through these trials. I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon. It is the most correct book on the earth. By following the teachings in that book we can come to be more like God and live with him again. It may not always seem easy, but it has always been worth it to me.

How I live my faith

The main way I live my faith is just by getting up everyday and trying to look for little things around me to be grateful for. I try to be extra aware of people who may need help that day, and fulfill their needs, no mater how big or small. I think it's great that we have a support system as Latter Day Saints, and I love that not only do I get to be supported, but I get to help others meet their needs as well. I love going to visit the widows in the nursing home, and sing for them, or helping a mom with a new born child when her 2 year old is screaming in church. I love volunteering to help the new freshmen at my school so that they aren't lost that first day, or helping a lonely student get involved on campus. It's amazing to see their faces as they go from being so lonely to making lifelong friends. There is always something good that can be done in this world. I have chosen to dedicate 18 months to serving a full time mission for the church, and will be in Spain soon. I'm so excited to be able to share the goodness that Christ's gospel has to offer with the Spanish people. There is no greater way to live the gospel of Jesus Christ than to share his words with other people so that they can feel peace and joy.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

The temple is the house of the Lord. Only those who live the highest the laws of God can enter in. That is not to say we do not all make mistakes and have to repent, but those who enter the temple have repented, and are pure in the eyes of God. In the temple we make covenants, and some people may not be mature enough, or ready to understand the covenants they are making. If we make covenants with the Lord we are not ready to make and then break them, we will have to face the judgement of God.This is why young children do not go in, and why those who are not living the highest laws, are not permitted in.The temple is sacred, not secret. Temples throughout history (including non-Mormon temples and churches) normally have a long journey pattern going from least sacred to most sacred. The temple helps us understand the Lord better, and makes our journey of life more understandable as we work to get back to him. In the temple we receive ordinances that are the key to helping us get back to the presence of God when we die.These ordinances bind us together in our families throughout eternity, and join parents to their children as discussed in Malachi 4. As discussed in Matthew 18:18, what is bound on earth is bound in heaven. As proxy, we provide the same ordinances such as baptism, for those who have died, so that they have the opportunity to accept those ordinances if they want to, and can receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.There is no greater place of peace than the temple. Show more Show less