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Hi I'm Elizabeth Sanders-Smith

I was raised in Egypt, South Africa, Utah, and D.C. I frequently volunteer in the Middle East and South America. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student at the University of Utah, studying Writing and Peace & Conflict Studies. I love to travel - I enjoy experiencing the culture and the foods of new places, and the excitement of traveling independently. I've volunteered in Palestine and Jordan with Palestinian and Syrian refugees, and in Peru and Mexico in low-income schools. My love of serving and traveling has been greatly facilitated by my parents who love and support my every move. I love art, movies, and strangely enough, I love cleaning! Most of all, I love to be a member of the LDS church. It has truly been a guiding light in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake temple, so I was born as a member of this church. It's incredibly easy to say that that is the reason that I'm a member of this church, and largely, it is. However, my decision to be an active and engaged member of this church is one that is independent of external factors. Members of my family have acted as exceptional examples to me, but none of that matters without an internal love for this gospel and desire to live it. I'm a Mormon because this church makes me happy. It answers my questions, calms my fears, and silences my doubts. I have endured my share of trials in this life, and I have tested two methods of dealing with them. First, I stepped back from the church. I didn't do anything to harm my membership, but I just took a less engaged and reliant stance when dealing with my problems. I left it up to myself to figure out the obstacles I was running towards. In later trials, I leaped toward the church. I prayed for guidance and understanding. I turned to my Heavenly Father, and his teachings to help me understand what I was enduring. Our problems become insurmountable when we improperly deal with them. When I relied on myself, my trials seemed never-ending. Everything seemed dreary and dark. However, when I turned to my Father in Heaven, it's as though the heavens opened up. My problems didn't disappear, but their burden seemed to be lifted from my shoulders. I am a Mormon because I have found out for myself the truth of this gospel. It is so true, it is so good.

How I live my faith

As a youth, I served in various youth leadership positions for about 6 years. I loved getting to grow close to the girls in my age group, and understand how best to serve them. It's an immense blessing to serve in leadership roles, as it blesses you and the people you serve. I live my faith largely by serving my friends and family. Whether it's picking up ice cream for a sad friend, writing an uplifting note, or a grand gesture, it's important to me to share the love that my Heavenly Father has shown unto me. There is no better way to thank our Heavenly Father for the life that we have than to share love, show acceptance, and extend a helping hand to anyone who needs it.