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Hi I'm Carlisa

I grew up in North Carolina. I am the mother of three boys. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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 I live my faith

I simply look for opportunities to serve others - at church, at home, in the community, wherever I may be.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Carlisa
'Grace' is the strength/help we receive through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Through His 'grace' we are able to truly repent of our sins and be forgiven. We are able to draw on His help to strenghten us to do the good works that we could not otherwise do. Through His 'grace' everyone who has ever lived will be ressurected - our spirit reunited with our body and never again separated. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Carlisa
For the living - the Mormon Temples are used for making sacred eternal covenants with the Lord, such as sealing a marriage for not only time but for eternity. We learn more of Heavenly Father's plan in the Temple. The Temples are the one place on Earth where one can be without the distractions of the world. Thus making it a place where one can better ponder the paths they are to take/the trials they are facing here on Earth... etc. For the dead - we perform ordinances such as baptism. Just as Paul speaks of in 1 Corinthians 15. There are many who have died without these essential ordinances. By all means, these ordinances are in no way forced upon the deceased. They are simply Earthly ordinances completed on their behalf should they come to desire such for themselves. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Carlisa
Yes - We ARE Christian. We accept Jesus Christ - the only perfect Man to ever walk the earth - the living Son of the living God - as our Savior and our Redeemer. It is only through His atoning sacrifice that we may have eternal life. This is the same Jesus of the Bible.... born at Bethlehem and later offered Himself as a sinless ransom for the sins of the world. He is the only name under heaven by which mankind may be saved. It is His name on our church buildings, and in His name that we pray and worship. The scholarly divide seems to dwindle down to our differences in the literal form of the Godhead. We (Mormons) know God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, while unified infallibly, that while having seen one you have indeed seen the other, are literally three separate beings - one in purpose. It has always been silly to me that one believing in the Jesus of the Bible, and truly striving to live by His teachings, would so quickly dismiss the same efforts in another based on their differences in their beliefs in the literal physicality of the Godhead. Don't get me wrong. I know these differences are quite significant. However, they do not define what it truly means to be a Christian. I know Jesus Christ to be my Savior, Lord, and King. I strive to live His teachings. I am a Mormon - and Mormons are Christian. Show more Show less