Hi I'm Lisa
I work in the legal field as a paralegal. I love sports; I love my family, especially my nieces and nephews, who are so fun to be around; the beach; traveling and being around my wonderful and encouraging friends. I love to bake and try all new recipes. I tried to start a baking business, but found I had more fun making them to give away!
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up a Mormon. My parents are members of the Mormon faith and I have continued in this faith. When I was younger it was easy to just live that way. I didn't feel the need to do things differently from parents growing up. As I've gotten older, moved into the workplace, started living my life on my own, it's caused me to consider what I really believe. And I have come to find that I really did have a surety about the church I grew up in. I never doubted it. I have seen how my life is so much better because I have God and Jesus Christ in my life. More than that, I can't deny the peace and love I feel when I read the Book of Mormon, when I study the words of living prophets and when I pray for help and guidance. I have felt love and answers come and because of that, I am a Mormon.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
The Savior's admonition to "Love one another as I have loved you" has always influenced me. I hope that I show love and charity to others, through the words I say and through my actions. There is never any cause to treat others poorly, no matter what they may have done to me. It's definitely hard to always do this. Sometimes others are mean, physically or emotionally and it's hard to move past those feelings. But there is always peace, contentment and happiness to be found when we turn to the Savior and try to emulate His example and somehow, all those injuries and hurts are lessened and aren't as burdensome.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
It wasn't really ever hard for me to accept the story Joseph Smith told. He shares his feelings of confusion and concern for his eternal well being in his history. I think we all at some point have a desire to know what is really true, to know what we are supposed to be doing in our life and which direction to take. I have visited his home in Palmyra New York, where he walked into the woods to pray. The feeling I had there was that something miraculous and sacred occured there. He became an instrument in the hands of God to restore the precious truths that will lead us back to heaven. I have so much appreciation and awe for him, a man who had many opportunities to walk away from this fantastic "story" he was sharing, to leave it all behind when it got too hard. And yet, he didn't. He stood mroe firmly in his knowledge and testified more boldly that he saw God and Jesus Christ. To me, that is another testimony that what he saw was true.
How I live my faith
Every Sunday, I go to my congregation, which is organized geographically. It's a ward made up of families, singles, widows, widowers, everyone all together. Together, we share our testimonies, our experiences, our happy moments and hard moments. We come together to partake of the Sacrament, which is the bread and water that represents the body and blood of our Savior, who gave his life for us. One aspect of living the Mormon faith is the opportunity for all to participate and share in the responsibilities to move the daily work of the church forward. Callings, or opportunities to serve, are extended to members after prayerful consideration by church leaders. I have the privilege of serving in the Relief Society, the church's organization for women. It is wonderful to serve with the women of the church in service projects, lessons, sunday meetings and home visits to help serve the families and women of the church. I also live my faith by trying to live the principles of the gospel in every aspect of my life. It can be hard to do sometimes. I have great friends who are not of my faith and their ideas of recreation, ie drinking and clubbing, are different than mine. And it can be hard to not want to be part of the larger group, to be in the social circle. But I think that's when the phrase, "talk the talk and walk the walk" come in to play. If I really believe something, then I will live the way I profess to belief. I try to be patient and kind with myself and towards all those around me, just as the Savior would be.