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Hi I'm Lisa

I like to make things. I think learning should be a lifelong pursuit. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated with a degree in Family Studies from BYU in December 2012. I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have one younger sister, who is serving a full-time church mission in Mississippi and Louisiana. I met my husband in 2008. We had a class together and became friends. Once the semester was over, we began dating. Eleven months later, we were engaged! We married in Sacramento at the end of March 2010. He is my best friend and he brings so much joy to my life! We are a great team and we do everything together. I like reading, arts & crafts (including sewing & crocheting), cooking, homemaking, gardening, and being outdoors. I work at a business that offers services to libraries and publishers. I'm enjoying the present and looking forward to the future!

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was baptized when I was 3 years old, and my family was learning about the church for much of my childhood. As I reached later childhood and my teenage years, teachers and leaders in my ward encouraged me to gain my own testimony of the Gospel. My understanding and conviction did not develop right away. It took time for me to learn about the Church and to experiment on the principles I learned on Sundays. As a teenager I began to recognize God's hand in my life and His answers to my prayers. Eventually, I came to know the Gospel was true, that Jesus Christ was my Savior, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's true church in our day. The Church's teachings on the family and revelation, among other things, really speak to my heart. I absolutely believe that families can be together forever through temple ordinances made possible through the Atonement of Christ. I also believe that the Holy Spirit can communicate with us and make all things known to us. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps me to grow personally. Through faith in Christ and in His atonement, my heart is able to change and I am filled with love, peace, and joy. His grace succors me along, and through Him I am a better person. Additionally, through the teachings of the prophets and by the Holy Ghost, I find myself more able to cope with the bad things I see in the world. Every aspect of my life is put into perspective, and I find hope for the future.

How I live my faith

My faith is a huge part of who I am. It influences how I eat, dress, think, speak, and act. It is truly a way of life (and I believe religion should be a way of life!). It puts my life into perspective; I realize that things I do in this life influence my eternal progression. I enjoy studying from the Bible, the Book of Mormon, or the Ensign- a church magazine- each day on my own. My husband and I also study the scriptures together for a few minutes each day. We try to worship through temple service every week. I do my best to set a positive example for those around me. I believe it is important to dress modestly and to live within my means. I strive to do both of these things. I also surround myself with clean music and other media. I make an effort to serve those around me as I can, even if it nobody notices. I also work to strengthen my marriage, as I believe that it can last forever.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Lisa
A typical Sunday at a Mormon Church consists of three blocks of meetings. Sacrament meeting is about an hour long. The congregation sings a few hymns during the meeting. Announcements are made at the beginning, and there is an opening prayer. The Sacrament, consisting of bread and water, is blessed and passed by Priesthood holders. Ward members, who have been assigned topics beforehand, usually speak. There is also a closing prayer. The first Sunday of the month is Fast & Testimony meeting. At this special Sacrament meeting, there are usually no assigned talks. Those in the congregation are invited to come to the pulpit and share their testimony. The second block is for Sunday School children and youth are divided into small classes based on their age. Adults meet for a Gospel Doctrine class. Classes are taught by ward members who have been called to teach in their various positions. The curriculum studied in the classes is based on the scriptures and upon Church history. There are lesson manuals and specific study schedules. During the final hour-long block, children remain with their age-group. Youth 12-18 are divided into classes for young men or young women. Men attend a Priesthood meeting and women attend Relief Society. Most of our meetings consist of gospel discussion, hymn-singing, and prayer. Visitors are ABSOLUTELY WELCOME!!! We would love for you to join us in our meetings. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Lisa
Mormon temples are houses of the Lord, where church members who live according to set standards and who are deemed worthy by their church leaders may go and participate in special ordinances, learn eternal truths, and make covenants with God. These special ordinances include baptism for the dead and sealings (an ordinance of eternal marriage/familial identity). The temple is a sacred place. It is dedicated to the Lord and there we can feel the peace of His Spirit. Even temple grounds emanate this peace-- they are all beautiful, light, and generally quiet. In temples, we are able to serve our fellow man by acting as proxy for people who have died and cannot receive ordinances (like baptism by restored Priesthood authority) for themselves. Members who have received ordinances for themselves can go back to the temple and do this work for the dead. Members are encouraged to research and do the temple work for their own deceased ancestors. My experiences have taught me that temples are holy places. When I go to the temple, I can lay aside my worries and feel profound peace. The ordinances I participate in help me understand my place in the eternal scheme of things, and I always leave feeling a quiet, powerful serenity and a renewed sense of who I am and of my purpose. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Lisa
 The world can be a crazy place, but here are some things that tell me there is a God ... the beauty of nature, the miracle of life, love, friendship. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Lisa
Members of the Church are expected to wear their "Sunday Best" to church on Sunday. For women, this generally means a modest dress or skirt (knee-length or longer; dresses/tops with sleeves); for men, a suit or slacks and a collared shirt and tie. We have been encouraged to reflect a worshipful and respectful attitude in our dress, avoiding "beach-wear" (such as flip-flops). We celebrate Christmas and Easter, with our focus on Christ, as these holidays celebrate His birth and death and Resurrection. We also celebrate other cultural/regional/national holidays, like Valentine's Day, Halloween, or Independence Day (we are hugely patriotic here in the U.S.!). We also celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Lisa
As it says in our Articles of Faith, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly...". Much of what is contained in the present-day Bible was inspired by God and recorded by His servants, the prophets and apostles. I love the Bible and think there is a lot to learn from it! It contains an account of the creation of the world, of many amazing miracles, and of Jesus Christ's ministry on the earth, His atonement, crucifixion, and resurrection! It helps us know of God's love for us as His children and contains information that is still relevant, even though it was recorded a long time ago. That is because God is unchanging and even though a lot has changed in our world, people still face many of the same difficulties as they did hundreds of years ago. There is also information specifically about the latter days and what we can expect at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. In addition to the Bible, Mormons believe that The Book of Mormon (from which we got our nickname; a record of God's dealings with ancient inhabitants of America), The Doctrine and Covenants (revelations and inspired declarations recorded in our dispensation, primarily by Joseph Smith, Jr., some of which give the basis for the structure and ordinances of the Church in our time), and The Pearl of Great Price (revelations, translations, and writings of the Prophet Joseph Smith) are the word of God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Lisa
No! It was practiced in the early days of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we do not know the reasons why, except that it was a commandment revealed by God to the prophet Joseph Smith. It was regulated by church leaders and was a trial of faith for many. After 1890, polygamy was no longer performed in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Polygamy is simply not tolerated in the Church now. In fact, it is not even allowed in the Church in countries where it is legal! Church members who enter polygamous marriages are excommunicated. Show more Show less