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Hi I'm Lisa

I am an aunt, a sister, and a daughter. I battle chronic depression but am not a quitter. I trust in God. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work in customer service for an insurance agency, but I also enjoy writing, playing the piano, and spending time with my family. I've struggled with chronic depression ever since I was 9 years old, but was only diagnosed a few years ago. I am so grateful for a supportive, loving family who teaches me that I have worth and for my church that teaches me that I have a purpose in life and that life is meant to be enjoyed.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the church when she was eighteen and my father has been a faithful member of the church all his life. They have both been such examples of what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ and I've seen the struggles the church has helped them overcome. I've struggled with self-worth and knowing who I am. There were times when I felt surrounded by darkness. I found, though, that the only thing that brought that light and direction back into my life was when I turned to my faith. Even though I was raised as a member of this church, it is a tried and true faith for me. Some people have told me that my beliefs are wrong or that I am a horrible person for wanting to share them, but these are people who have not experienced this church for themselves. In the Bible, God says that "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?" (Matt 7:16 KJV). For me, the fruits of this church have been comfort, happiness, personal growth, healing, and countless wonderful relationships with family members and friends, as well as a personal relationship with God.

How I live my faith

My faith is a part of my daily life. I pray, read the scriptures, and attend church services regularly to find direction and to feel closer to God. However, my faith goes beyond just token spiritual observances. I try to live my life as Jesus would do: giving service, sharing my talents (writing, playing piano, singing, etc.), visiting the needy, and continually learning and changing. I try to look at others as God sees them and appreciate that we all come from different backgrounds that make us individually unique and valuable. I am far from perfect and I would be the first to admit it, but I personally believe that the direction we are headed is more important in God's eyes than where we have been.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Lisa
First of all, temples have been built and used since ancient times. Moses and the children of Israel had a type of portable temple called a tabernacle, which they brought with them during their Exodus. Later, Solomon built a more permanent temple in Jerusalem. These temples were always considered sacred and there were portions of the temple into which only certain people could enter. Our modern temples are used slightly differently than the ancient temples were, however their purpose is the same. Temples are places of worship. They are places where we make promises (called covenants) with God and receive blessings from him. To better understand why only some are allowed to enter, think of this: there are times when things must happen in a certain order. For example, preparation is necessary for a man to become an astronaut, or for that astronaut to go into space. Each step of education and training builds upon the previous step until he is ready to have the ultimate experience of walking among the stars. In order to prepare ourselves for the bigger covenants made in the temple, each person must be willing to make smaller commitments of baptism and obeying God’s commandments. Therefore, as many people as are willing to make these commitments are allowed enter the temple. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Lisa
Yes, however we also believe that God has given more scriptures than just the Bible. From the time of Adam, even to the present day, we believe that God has called prophets to declare his message and to organize his church. God’s revealed word to these prophets is considered scripture. While Middle Eastern prophets from ancient times did receive revelation from God, which became the Bible, we also believe that people on the ancient American continent received revelation, which became the Book of Mormon. People have come to heavily associate our church with the Book of Mormon because it is so unique to our faith, however that doesn’t mean that the Bible is any less important to us. On the contrary, in the Bible the Apostle Paul taught that “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (2 Cor. 13:1 KJV). The Book of Mormon together with the Bible, are two witnesses that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Redeemer of mankind. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Lisa
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is a series of acts in which Jesus overcame both sin and death to save mankind. Sin is disobedience to God's commandments. As an analogy, breaking God's laws is similar to breaking the laws of the land in that we have to pay a price for our disobedience. Unfortunately, without the Atonement this disobedience keeps us from returning to live with God and achieving lasting happiness. There is much that is difficult to comprehend about the Atonement but because Jesus, who lived a sinless life, has paid the price for our sins he is able to set the terms for our freedom from this spiritual bondage. If we will keep his commandments, have faith in him, and repent (change) when we make a mistake, he will forgive our sins so that we can start again with a clean slate. However, sin was not the only obstacle to us returning to live with God. Death, also was a barrier that had to be overcome by the Atonement. This is why it was necessary for Jesus to die. Because he is God's Son, he was the only one who could overcome death, and because he died and was resurrected, everyone who lives will also be resurrected and live again. Show more Show less