Hi I'm Carlisa
I am fortunate enough to be able to stay home with our three boys. One of which has the rare neurological diagnoses of Chiari, Syringomyelia, Hydrocephalus, and suspected Thether Cord Syndrome. While I am well acquainted with the roller coaster of emotions chronic illness brings, I am humbled by the tender mercies/blessings in the lessons learned.
Why I am a Mormon
Early in my childhood, when I first heard the Joseph Smith story the peace, clarity, enlightenment that came to me could not be adequately described nor denied. When a little older, I prayed a sincere prayer asking Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon is true. Again, there was a warmth and wisdom that filled my soul with certainty. Later, I did stumble somewhat and felt the lacking deep in my soul. Since, I have come to see the perfect plan that our Father in Heaven has for each of us. That plan includes joy in this life. I am a Mormon not only because of the special witness by the Holy Ghost of the truths of the Restoration of the Gospel, but because of the growth I have found in living the gospel principles. There is a oneness, a focus, purpose, clarity, and sheer joy in not only following the teachings of Jesus Christ, but in having the complete teachings of Jesus Christ to follow. Having the gospel in my life, being a Mormon, has filled my heart with love and forgiveness for all mankind. I want their happiness and peace as much as my own. The hope and charity that fills my heart having the knowledge of the Restored Gospel in my life is why - I am a Mormon.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The Book of Mormon, not only testifies of Christ, it speaks of our day thus further testifying to me that God is aware of me, that he cares for me, that he has not left us alone. Knowing that God is aware of me and our present day conditions increases my faith in the omnipotent thus bringing a deeper meaning to my prayers and my worship - my own desire to be closer to God. Many pray for a 'change of heart' - the Book of Mormon is that 'change of heart' that can bring each of us closer to God. One cannot be bitter etc.. and close to God at the same time. The teachings in the Book of Mormon - if followed - removes whatever there may be in my life that may be distancing me from God.
How has the Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
The Book of Mormon clearly defines the purpose of life. That purpose being - we are each on the Earth to gain a body and to exercise our agency to choose right from wrong. If we do our very best to make righteous choices we will live with our Father in Heaven again, in all the splender that implies. In so doing, we are tested and tried that we may prove ourselves worthy of His presence. Having this knowledge of the purpose of life - guides every decision I make and thus brings peace and harmony even in the storms of life.
How I live my faith
I simply look for opportunities to serve others - at church, at home, in the community, wherever I may be.