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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I'm a teacher, singer, and mermaid. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 28-year-old woman. I grew up the eldest of 6 kids. As anyone knew, that means I'm the boss! I've been a teacher for 5 years, teaching everything from kindergarten to 5th grade. I like to say my family life prepared me for being in charge of general chaos! Aside from my day job, in the summer and on weekends I am a mermaid. I am actually one of the two first LDS mermaids in Utah. I enjoy mermaiding because it brings magic to children's lives and light to their eyes. The amazement they feel never fails to lift my heart. I also love their honesty and curiosity. We get some great questions as mermaids, they keep us on our toes! In 2015 we formalized our mermaid company, the Utah Mermaids. I wouldn't say it's been "smooth sailing," ever since, but we're getting on just fine. I also like to cosplay, when I'm with a group...especially Disney princesses and "cute" characters! When I'm not swimming or teaching, I love to be with my family. We are all "weird," and we talk mostly in old movie quotes. Walking into my family home on the weekend, you can easily find most of the kids who have moved out there, because we all enjoy being there. Other hobbies include reading, singing, taking photos and videos, losing stuff, finding stuff, and cleaning.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I whole-heartedly believe the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Growing up, I wasn't really sure if I had a testimony. I wasn't sure if I'd ever really feel the Spirit as other did or that I'd know that the church was true. But the more I looked at Church doctrine, the more I studied the teachings and principles set forth in the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and by the brethren, the more they just felt right. Like when a math problem clicks and you just know it's the right answer. Additionally, my hobbies put me in contact with a lot of people not of my faith. As much as I loved them, as I spent time with them I came to see that (even though they didn't know it and would deny it if ever mentioned) there was something missing in their lives. There was a light that they didn't have. Many of them had problems that could have been directly avoided by following principles the church teaches (those same doctrines that they resisted because they "held them back"). I felt so blessed to have grown up with these principles. I know that the prophets and brethren are inspired by God. I know our Heavenly Father has a plan for us, and is just waiting for us to let go and listen to Him. I know that the Book of Mormon was provided us as clarification and support for the Bible, and that new revelation is given today to further support us in the specific trials of these times. I know that family is the most important unit in the world, and that a good family home (whether birth family or chosen family) makes all the difference. I know that families can be together for time outside of mind, and that our Heavenly Father knows each of us as His spirit children.

How I live my faith

Right now, I'm living my faith by improving my church attendance. I have severe social anxiety and generalized anxiety (something that makes my hobbies difficult as well), so attending church where there are a lot of people is a huge struggle for me. But I know that the Gospel changes lives and heals the soul, and so church is where I want to be!