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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I'm a musician, a teacher, and a law student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Illinois. I am the oldest of five children and love being a big sister. My parents are both professional musicians and taught me to play several musical instruments, but I chose academics and studied mathematics in college. I taught underprivileged students in Mississippi for a few years after graduating from college. I learned so much about myself while serving kids who lived in extreme poverty in my own country. I came back to my home town where I taught high school math. I taught at a special alternative school for children who have "fallen through the cracks" of the traditional high school system. Because of my experiences in Illinois and Mississippi, I chose to study the law to learn how I could make more of a difference in education policy and law. I am currently a law student in Salem, Oregon, and I clerk in the child advocacy section of the Department of Justice. I love working with attorneys and other professionals to protect children from dangerous and unhealthy living situations. I enjoy practicing the piano, organ, violin, and guitar. I also enjoy reading, writing, and spending time with my family. We are big soccer fanatics and love watching sports together. I love technology and computers and continuing to increase my knowledge of the world around us.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because this Church brings peace to my life. The world is so heavy with sorrow and despair. The message of Jesus Christ is so sweet and is the only true source of comfort in a challenging world. I have felt the Spirit of the Lord on many occasions and know that this is the only Church that can bring that peace in its fullness. At times in my life I have had great pain and anguish. My family and my knowledge of the restored gospel and the true church of Christ are the only things that have brought me out of that pain. In this church we also believe that families can be together forever. This is another reason why I am a Mormon. I cannot imagine a heaven without the people I hold most dear. Thanks to the Prophet Joseph Smith, we know that we can be sealed to our families in holy temples so that death will never separate us.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve in the church as a music chorister and back up organist. I'm grateful that I get to use my talents to bless others through music in our Sunday worship meetings. As a teacher, I spent a lot of time serving the children that I taught at school every day. Even though it was my job to teach them, I worked long hours trying to find better ways to not only teach them, but to serve them. I found great joy in my students. One way that I try to live my faith is to bring a smile to someone's face each day. The law building where I go to school can be a very tense and stressful place. Everyone is very concerned about studying and grades. I made it a goal to find one person that I could cheer up during the day. It makes me feel happy to lighten someone's load, even if only for a few minutes.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Women have many divine gifts that do not necessitate holding the priesthood. Women are by their very nature, nurturers and doers of good. Their callings and responsibilities are different and therefore they do not need to hold the priesthood to fulfill them. Women lead in many positions in the Mormon Church. They lead the womens' organization called the Relief Society. They hold leadership positions for youth groups and childrens' groups. They are leaders in their homes and families and are equal partners with their husbands. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mormons help people of all races, backgrounds, and religions. We help people on a world-wide scale by sending humanitarian aid to countries in need and to those suffering from natural disasters, but we also help those in our own communities by participating in local service opportunities. Recently, my local ward helped a womens' shelter with their fundraising needs, and we also cleaned their facilities so that the children of abused women in our community would have a clean place to live and play. Show more Show less