Hi I'm Lisa
I grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and graduated from college with a degree in Special Education. I am married to my best friend. We have four biological children and two children who were adopted from Samoa. We have home schooled our children for the past twelve years and our oldest child served as a missionary in Washington, my second child is serving in Brazil and my third is serving in California while he waits for his visa to Brazil. I love to garden, read, play games, travel and go camping but spending time with my family is the BEST!
Why I am a Mormon
Although I was raised in an LDS home, I had to discover what I truly believed on my own. It wasn't always an easy road but I can't imagine where I would be without the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in my life today. I choose to live my life as a Mormon because I know that my Savior, Jesus Christ, has restored the true and living Gospel to the earth through His prophet Joseph Smith. There is simply no doubt in my mind that it is true and so there is no doubt as to what I must do; I must follow Him. I am a Mormon and I am happy!
Why do Mormons go on missions?
In the scriptures we are commanded to go forth and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. God loves all of His children equally and He wants each of His children to have the opportunity to hear and accept His teachings. When you have something that is precious to you, you do not want to keep it selfishly to yourself but you want others to share in that joy! Because the church has brought so much happiness and peace into our lives we want to share that message with those who have not heard it yet. My husband served a mission in Chicago, Illinois and also in Poland. We plan to serve a mission together after our children are grown. And right now, my oldest son is currently serving a mission in Washington. He has worked for many years to pay for the entire two year mission by himself. He has put his schooling on hold for two years. He has left his family and girlfriend behind and we will not see him for two years. Why? Because he believes that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith and he wants to share this message of love and salvation with those he has been called to minister among. He loves the Lord and he believes in the truthfulness of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ so much that he wants to make this sacrifice. He knows that most people he talks to will not listen to his message. But there will be those who will listen and they will hear. They will feel the Spirit of God touch their hearts and they will recognize that what they are being taught it true. And for those people, my son's sacrifice will help change their lives. The missionary does not convert a person, the Spirit does this. A missionary is simply a humble vessel that the Lord uses to help bring His word to His children.
How I live my faith
Right now I have the opportunity to teach an early morning scripture study class every day before school to the high school students at my church. I also serve in our local Boy Scouts of America Troop. I love being able to spend time with these teenagers and share in their excitement and love of life! I try to be a good example for them to be kind and compassionate, cheerful and non-judgmental. Of course no one is perfect – least of all me! I have a short temper, I am impatient and I like things done my way. But I try I live my faith by striving every day to overcome my imperfections. I live my faith by looking to the Savior as our perfect example and by doing everything I can to become more like Him. I do my best and then turn the rest over the Lord because I know that He will make up the difference when I fall short. I believe that as long as we are on the right path and we never stop trying to become better through humility, through service, through prayer, through scripture study, through seeking to do HIS will at all times, we cannot fail.