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Hi I'm Elizabeth

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful man, who was my first date when I was 16. We have no children together, but I have a beautiful step-daughter who lives on the other side of the country from us. She is in college now, so we anticipate our infrequent visits. I wouldn't trade her for any other! As the daughter of a retired Police Officer, it seems inevitable that I now work as a Dispatcher for a Law Enforcement agency. I love my job and the opportunity it gives me to serve the officers and the community I work for.

Why I am a Mormon

I am among the ones who can say, " I was born into the church". Sometimes, I think that those who were converted are luckier, but I am thankful to have had ancesters who were converted, who kept their faith and passed it on through the generations. I continue to be a Mormon because I have learned that this church truly does have the complete gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that the Book of Mormon was actually written by those who lived in the Americas and were the ancestors of today's American Indian peoples. These were men and women of great faith and we would be wise to learn from their inspired words and to follow their counsel. I see the faith of the people I go to church with and their willingness to help and to comfort. Our family recently suffered the loss of my father and the people in our ward stepped right up, helping us move and clean house. They brought dinner for our family and still offer to help. This is what the Gospel of Jesus Christ does in our lives, makes us want to be more like Him.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith so others can see how following Jesus Christ can make us happy. Due to my work schedule, I am not able to attend church on most Sundays, but I can read at work and I read the scriptures as often as time allows. I read books and articles by the General Authorities of the Church. In this way, I feel like I'm keeping up with the teachings of the prophets and the Lord. My bishop knows that I need to keep busy in the ward, so he assigned me the task of making the program for Sacrament Meeting each week. I add all the announcements and activities. Since my work schedule is so odd, most of my communication with other ward members is by email. Isn't technology wonderful! I enjoy being able to serve while keeping up with the happenings in the ward. I also try to be an example of my faith in my dealings with my officers and other department employees, staying calm in stressful situations and trying not to pick up some of the bad language common to law enforcement.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

My grandmother was a child of a polygamous father. Her father had 4 or 5 wives and at least two were sisters to each other. When the pioneers came to the Salt Lake Valley, many men were lost along the way. Think about all the women who were left without husbands, but with children to raise on their own. Many of the men married their wife's sister to give her children a home and a father. The practice was continued until the ratio of men to women was correct and, through the prophet, God commanded the practice to stop. Show more Show less