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Hi I'm Lisa

I'm a Mormon, or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

About Me

I grew up in Northern California with my parents and disabled brother. Family has always been important to me and I am blessed to live near my family and work for a company in the medical industry. I love reading, movies, and listening to music(I'm hooked on my iPod!). I also love playing board and social games (Settlers of Catan or Bang! anyone?).

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to join the church at a young age (9) after receiving instruction from missionaries who knocked on our door. I learned principles as a child that have helped me throughout my life (faith, prayer, patience, understanding of my place in the world and my purpose on Earth). There was a period of time during my life, in college, when I was not an active member of this church. During that time I never deviated very far from what I had been taught and my life was relatively happy and together. But when I stepped through the doors of one of our meeting houses again, I felt like I was home. There is a depth and breadth to a life lived with the spirit as a member of the church that cannot be found when you live your life only on the surface of the world. It's not to say I didn't feel happy or enjoy life, but there is so much more joy to be had when you can live your life with purpose and understand where you came from, why you're here and where you can go. There is so much comfort and strength in trials when you have an understanding of their purpose and of Christ and the atonement. My membership in this church has brought me more joy, comfort, and peace than I can accurately describe. I imagine that I would still be a happy, functional person without it. But with it, I am so much more. And my potential is infinite.

How I live my faith

For the past two years I taught our Gospel Doctrine class in Sunday School. This is a calling that I never thought I would be able to do. I would never consider myself to be a scholar of the scriptures and I feel like I have so much to learn. But the most important thing I learned through this calling is that with the Lord all things are possible. Despite feeling completely inadequate to the task, when I sincerely prayed for help to develop and teach the lessons the Lord would have his children learn, I received his help and felt his spirit directing me and supporting me in doing is work. Now I have a new calling. I am the Family History(genealogy) Coordinator and Sunday School teacher. I love it! I have always had a love of history and learning about the past. But there is nothing more special than learning about the past through the eyes and stories of your family. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share this work with the other members in my congregation and to learn more about their families and my own. It is so exciting to research and find out facts about your family and ancestors that bring them to life. They become more than names and dates on a page; they become real people that you can learn to understand, appreciate and love.

What do Mormons believe about family?

The family is one of the most important topics in our church. And the eternal family is the greatest goal we strive for. We believe that members who follow the teachings of the church can strive to be worthy to make covenants with the Lord in temples, in which we pledge to keep his commandments and follow his teachings. Worthy members can be sealed (married) in the temple and the bonds and covenants made there are eternal. There is no "until death do you part". We plan for eternity. Families can be sealed together, parents to children, in an unbroken chain, by bonds that will outlast our mortal lives on Earth. What a blessing it is to know that we can be with those we love forever. Show more Show less