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Hi I'm Liz

I am a senior in college. I am studying public health. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Pennsylvania. I love learning, playing frisbee, running, and adventuring. I am a senior in college and I love studying Public Health. I hope to be a nurse.

Why I am a Mormon

The question "Why am I a Mormon?" is a very real question that I have had to ask myself before. I am currently the only member of the church in my family. I also come from an area where there are few members. Many people do not understand why I would change religious traditions and become a part of a church that is so different than the one I had already known. I was introduced to the church through a friend in high school. Braden was incredibly dedicated to his faith--so dedicated that I wanted to develop that kind of devotion to God in myself. When I learned about his commitment to the Gospel, which was manifest in his daily actions, I thought "He must really believe this." From the moment I opened the Book of Mormon, I knew it was true. When I knelt in prayer about the Book of Mormon, it was the first time I offered up a prayer to Heavenly Father with an expectation that I would get a response. and I did. I am a Mormon because I know that the Church is the Lord's Church. I am a Mormon because the Book of Mormon is the word of God and it brings me closer to my Savior. I am a Mormon because the church is lead by a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I am a Mormon because I know my family can be together forever. I am a Mormon because I feel my Savior's love. I am a Mormon because I know that Heavenly Father sees me in terms of forever and wants to help me because the glorious being I am capable of becoming. I am a Mormon because I have found happiness and strength that I never knew before.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every moment of my life. Jesus Christ is my great exemplar and I try to remember Him in all that I do, seeking to do as he would. I try to smile and be encouraging to everyone I meet. I am currently in a college ward with lots of single students my own age. We have great opportunities to serve each other every day. I am amazed at how good the people are with whom I attend church! They inspire me! I currently serve as a temple patron. My assignment is to attend the temple once a week and participate in baptisms for the dead. When I was home last summer, I had the great opportunity to work with the young women of the church. Girls ages 12-18 work on developing attributes of Christ by developing habits of prayer, scripture study, and serving others. The young women are so beautiful--their spirits shine and the good they do blesses many.

Are Mormons Christians?

Liz
Yes! Mormons are Christians. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the World. He is the Only Begotten Son of the Father. He was sent to earth by our Heavenly Father to fulfill the Father's plan. We believe that he suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and was crucified on the cross to be the great and last sacrifice. In the garden he performed the atonement, which covers all our sins, pains, sicknesses, and infirmities. His atonement was infinite and eternal--it covers everything and everyone, from the beginning of time to the end of time. Jesus Christ was the only person to come to earth who did not sin. Mormons are Christians in what we do--we are not perfect--but everything we do in our lives and in our worship is to help us become like Christ. He is our great exemplar and our personal Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Liz
We really are normal people, just like you. :) There are a few things that you may find are different. First, we have a health code, called the Word of Wisdom. It is a commandment from God, and so we follow it all the time. We don't drink coffee, tea, or alcohol. We also don't smoke, use drugs or abuse prescription drugs. We try to live a clean life, and this is part of it. The purpose of refraining from these things is a little different for everybody. For me, I believe that God gave us this commandment for a reason. It has taught me to respect my body, for it is a temple of my Spirit. Before I joined the church, I drank tea and sometimes coffee. When I decided to give it up, I realized that I was no longer dependent on anything to wake me up. I felt clean and very healthy. I definitely felt less tired and more happy. :) I can feel the Spirit very strongly. Our lifestyle revolves around family and church. We participate in all aspects of life--we work, we go to school, we do activities, enjoy sporting events, etc. But family is very important, and so we try to spend a lot of time with our families. We go to church on Sunday and may have activities during the week. We view our mortal experience as incredibly important, and so we want to live life fully. We enjoy things and enjoy using or bodies to experience life. We have been counseled by prophets to live life as it really is, not "from the sidelines" or through virtual experiences. Life is a gift from God! Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Liz
I attribute the growth of the church to the truthfulness of the Gospel. The Restored Gospel brings peace, happiness, and joy into everyone's life! Members of the church believe that everyone is a child of God and we want everyone to be happy. So we are not afraid to share the gospel and invite people to experience the happiness we experience. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Liz
Life is the time for men and women to prepare to meet God. Life is a gift given to us by our loving Heavenly Father. He wants us to have many experience that refine us and make us more like Him. Life is hard--we all know it--but we are given all the experiences we have (good AND bad) to teach us something. Show more Show less