Wednesday, January 28, 2015


So I just registered for efy last night! I'm so excited! Im going to Palmyra this year, and I'm rooming with one of the most amazing, sweet, gorgeous girls I have ever met! Super excited!

Also, I have been extended a calling as the ward bulletin specialist...kinda scary to be doing an "adult" job, but it's kind of exciting too! Hopefully I can magnify my calling and make atleast a small contribution to the kingdom :)

Finals week is over, and I am seriously so happy that it is! Not too excited to get the results, but hey I'm just glad that it's over.

I was thinking today about how our lives are a kaleidoscope, constantly changing and morphing, yet always made of the same integral parts. And with all these tiny parts, all jumbled together and reflected, our lives create a beautiful composition filled with love and hope and joy. But, you can only see the beauty of a kaleidoscope when you put it up to the light.

So use your kaleidoscope, turn to the light, and see the beauty that is all around you and in you!

<3 Eliza

Sunday, January 4, 2015


2015 is here! It's pretty crazy, but 2014 is actually was a wonderful year that I am sad to say goodbye to, but I'm excited for all the new things that come with 2015!

First, the new youth theme! It is Doctrine and Covenants 4:2, and it says:

“Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day”

And along with the theme, there is a new music video!!!!!

 I love this video! It makes me want to go out and serve other RIGHT NOW! I love how it starts out with real words that the prophets have said to us and all the changes that have taken place to hasten the work. It makes you realize that we live at a pretty amazing time to be a member of the church!

Also, it is time for New Year's Resolutions!!!

This year, I want to serve others more. I want to attend the monthly Preach My Gospel class. I am going to go on exchanges with the missionaries. I am going to read my scriptures more. I want to go on my first date ;) I want to more consistently blog and #Sharegoodness. I want to have more missionary experiences. I would like to go to the temple every two months at least (we live far away so hopefully this happens). I want to prepare for the Philadelphia temple to be built (so excited!).

I also want to get off the computer a little bit on Sundays to study the gospel and write in my journal... so I kinda gotta go. But enjoy the video, enjoy the theme, and ENJOY THE YEAR!!!

<3 Eliza

Friday, December 5, 2014

He is the Gift

It has been a long time.

I am sooooooooo grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ. I love him so much.

We are coming up to a very exciting time of the year. Tinsel will shimmer (I've never actually seen what tinsel looks like, have you?), Santa will come, and people will be hopefully filled with holiday cheer.

But behind all the ribbons and wrapping paper, I hope we can remember the real gift. The greatest gift that our Heavenly Father has ever given us.

I love Jesus Christ.

One time I wrote a journal entry. I wanted to put it in here.

Jesus Christ
Is my Savior. He died for me so that I can have peace in this life and happiness with my family in the life to come. I know that this is true. 
He is my redeemer, my brother, my friend. It doesn't matter what lies people tell, I will never give up on him. He is my best friend. He has strengthened me and comforted me through good times and horrendous times. He helped me change my very  nature. There is no way to deny that. 
It saddens me that so many people blaspheme and mock him even today. JESUS CHRIST IS MY SAVIOR. He rescued me from sin, he loves me so much. And he knows exactly how I feel. I just ran across anti-christ material and it hurt my spirit because HE IS MY SAVIOR. he has done so much for me and everyone that we don't even know, yet they scorn him. I guess the first manifestation of true love is truly loyalty. 

I know these things to be true. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. 

I think for the rest of December I will try to post about ways Christ has helped me through days. 

<3 Eliza
Aw I love Christmas!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ruminating on Summer

Yes I know Summer is long gone. But this summer was incredible and now that it is getting colder, I realize that I need to thank summer for all the fun I had. 

Journal I made

Go marching band!!!

Taking a pic of a friend taking a pic of me. 

Haha guess who I am!? And I won too!!! Bowling is so much fun!!!

Sunrise of first week of school. 

Beautiful Utah. 

Provo temple

I absolutely LOVE this airplane view!!!

My April 2014 conference meme (who loved October conference?!)

Efy meme

Joseph Smith Farm

Palmyra Temple

Silver lining at EFY (it totally fits with the song Silver Lining by Stephanie M)

Efy selfie!!

Pic with Brother Rose at EFY!!! Love him!!!

I made those butterflies!!! Aren't they so cute?!

Aw I just loved this year as a whole. I guess another reason I am remembering is because I turn sixteen in two days!!!! I'm so excited and also slightly nervous--not ready to say goodbye to 15. 


Friday, August 29, 2014


We've all been there: you run into a friend you used to know, and your mind sparks all the old memories you've shared. Even though you've moved on without them, there is a slight longing for used-to-bes, remember-whens, and just-for-fun. Maybe the friend changed, maybe you changed, but all you know is you can't have the same thing you had before.

Some change can be hard, like moving or heartbreak.

Some change can be good, like finally getting around to updating the look of your blog :)

Change, while uncomfortable at first, can be an amazing thing. That is, once you get comfortable.

It has been a whole year since I moved, and starting sophomore year I am LOVING IT! Change is all around, and there is beauty in it.


I was asked to write an introductory letter to a teacher about myself, and I ended up writing more than this. Wow, I need to get back in the habit.

Well, short and sweet. 

Today I am going to love the present.

<3 Eliza

P.S. Oh and I think I will end every post with a "Today I will" so that i can tie together the title of my blog. Finally

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Peculiar People

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Many may wonder what makes us tick: we are happy joyful people who love to laugh (but only at certain things). Many have mentioned a "Mormon Glow" that surrounds us, that reaches out and touches people, makes their lives brighter. Many have pondered at what in the world would make teenage boys give up two years of girls and fun and freedom, and girls give up a year and a half.

What are some other things that make us a peculiar people? Most certainly, in the world, we are the weird ones. Have you ever wondered:

What drives us to love our siblings (that's crazy, right?) ?
How we are willing to give up tea and coffee, and (gasp) all alcohol as adults (even adults?!)?
What reason does a fourteen year old boy have for stating up til midnight studying the words of dead people in books with hundreds of pages? (It's called the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in case you were wondering)
Why that girl decided to wear a modest swimsuit when it was obviously not the "cool" thing to do?
Why an eight year old all of a sudden feels the need to visit an elderly member of the community?
How we have the courage to stand in front of a history class and simply and clearly speak about our beliefs?
Why we smile so much?
Why we all love Star Wars and the Princess Bride?
How we convince our boys to give up their Saturday to do yard work for people who can't do it themselves?
How we keep our hope in any trial that besets us? And how we continue doing all these things even though we are going through something really hard?
What we bribe the high schoolers with in order to (now listen to this one) get them to wake up an HOUR AND A HALF early to attend a class at church BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS EVERY DAY?
What prompts a 12 year old girl to walk up to the pulpit once a month to share her feelings with the whole congregation?
Why we decide to fast for 24 hours (that's right, no food or water) once a month?
How our teenagers find fun in clean humor?
What is so much fun about churchy summer camps? (Wahoooo EFY!!!!!!!!!)
Why a girl keeps a journal?
What makes it enjoyable for us to do family history work and then take names to the temple?
Why we look so happy when we come out of the temple?
Why our ancestors have up everything they had to cross the plains to go to Utah? (Of all places ;) just kidding)
How our young men all decide to be ordained to the Priesthood as Deacons (age 12),Teachers (age 14), and Priests (age 16)? Yes, that is true. We do that.
What we do to get the whole family together to sit and watch general conference for ten hours in a weekend twice a year? In which we listen to the Prophet and other church leaders, men and women alike?
How our mothers are so good at making our homes a place where we can feel the Spirit every day?
Why our fathers give us blessings when we need comfort or healing?

There are many other things we do that definitely count as peculiar. My head hurts right now so I can't think of all of them.

What is the answer to all these questions? (Well, maybe not the Star Wars and Princess Bride one, but..)

We believe.

We believe in Jesus Christ. We want to follow his example. We know his commandments, and we want to do his will. We know these things to be true, and we want to live them. We are not ashamed of this gospel, and we will do whatever it takes to help others feel God's love. The world may see that as weird, peculiar, and confusing, but The Lord doesn't.

I'm so grateful for this gospel. 

And I'm proud to be peculiar. 

<3 Eliza

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Best Friends--Forever

At EFY this week I learned so many amazing things!! Those personal stories and lessons I'm sure will appear here, but for now I want to tell you about what I learned coming home.

At EFY I made so many new friends and grew old friendships, but when it came to the end of the week, there were only five friends that stayed with me. They were my family. When my dad came to pick me up to drive the four hours home, I hugged him. I don't remember the last time that I hugged him when it wasn't me crying. And I was so happy to see my brother. He is almost my height now, and I forgot how old he was. But when I saw him after a week away I felt such loyalty and love. I think that's part of how the Spirit works: how it brings greater love for our family and friends.

Then when we got home my sisters were so excited to see me. And I was so happy to see my mom. She is one of my best friends. My mom and sisters had made one of those "candy grams" for me when you use the candies to spell out sentences. It was so cute, and I felt so loved to see that they put the thought into getting my favorite candy and making something meaningful.

I'm so glad that my family--my best friends--can be together forever. Our party doesn't need to last one night, our spiritual growth doesn't halt at the end of a week, our friendships don't dwindle over the years. I love my family.

And though I miss EFY, I am so glad to be home.

<3 Eliza