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Hi I'm Lisa Marie

I'm a Mormon and love it!

About Me

I'm a business owner, singer, piano player, Harry Potter fan, exercise enthusiast, college graduate, florist, bug phobic, clean freak, loyal friend, shoeaholic, blogger, comedian, photoshop junky, and I'm a Mormon! I'm a military wife. Our first assignment was in Panama City, FL at Tyndall AFB. I had never lived away from my family, but I remember going to church the for the first time in our new branch (a branch is a group that meets together every Sunday to learn about the Gospel and renew our covenants with Heavenly Father) and thinking, "This feels like home." Going to an LDS church is the same everywhere in the world because it is a worldwide organization. I love how the Gospel makes me feel like I'm home. We recently moved from Ohio, were my husband received a Master's degree in Engineering Management, to New Mexico. Finally we're back in the Wild, Wild West...closer to family! Life is so good.

Why I am a Mormon

This is a pretty simple question, but when I stopped to think about it a million things went through my head. For example, I'm Mormon because I know I will be eternally happy for making sacred covenants with my Heavenly Father and Savior while on this earth or I'm Mormon because I've felt the Spirit bear testimony to me of the truthfulness of the things taught in church or I'm Mormon simply because that is what I was taught to be since the day I was born. While all of those reasons are very true and have contributed to my membership, I can remember the day I really decided for myself why I wanted to be Mormon. I was 14 years old and I was feeling bad about myself, like every teenage girl does, but something powerful happen at a particularly low point in my life. I felt my Heavenly Father's and my Savior's love for me. This wasn't just some soft, warm feeling. It was unlike anything else I have ever tasted in my soul. It was light. It was happiness. It was glory. It was pure truth. I knew from that moment on why I was a Mormon. I'm a Mormon because I'm a literally a daughter of loving, magnificent Heavenly Father, who knows me personally. I'm a Mormon because I have chosen with my whole heart and mind to serve my Heavenly Father and Savior because I want to be like the Savior. I know I can live with my Heavenly Father and Savior again after this life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by asking Heavenly Father what He would have me do. I pray every morning and night and throughout the day to help align my will with God's will. When I was 20 years old I was given a calling in church to be over compassionate service. This taught me a lot about what it means to live what I know to be true. When Jesus Christ was on this earth, He lived a life of service, He never forgot about the one sheep that had lost it's way. I tried to remember His example as I served as the head of compassionate service. I learned to listen to what my Heavenly Father wanted me to do day by day. I know that little acts of kindness and service have the greatest impact on someone who is feeling lost. That is how I live my faith, I serve.

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

Lisa Marie
I'm going to use an analogy to to illustrate this first questions a little bit better. Let's talk about college. When you are preparing to apply for college you have to meet certain criteria before being accepted. You have to have good grades, be a well rounded person, be around 18 yrs old or older, and tested well on the ACT or SAT. It's the same principal for our temples. A person must meet certain criteria before entering. They must live a clean life, pay tithing 10% of their income, be a certain age or older, and have kept other important covenants like baptism and partaking the sacrament each week. As for the second question, there is a big difference between the words "secret" and "sacred". There is nothing secret happening in our temples, anyone who has met the criteria to enter the temple is welcome to come. My husband and I were married in the temple, we made sacred covenants to each other for all eternity. What we do in the temple is make and keep sacred covenants. Despite the rumors and speculation about Mormon temples, I can promise you that nothing happens within those walls that does not reflect the way we live our lives everyday. Show more Show less