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Hi I'm Lissa

I've lived all over the United States. I love the study of American culture. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am just a normal girl. I grew up in a family with 2 older brothers, 2 older sisters, and one younger brother. My younger brother and I did everything together. Even though we're both grown adults now, we still have a special bond. I have been blessed with the opportunity to go to school and earn a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in American Studies. I currently work at a university as a member of the staff. I just started teaching a 200 level course at my university. It has been very challenging, but I think I'm getting the hang of it. What do I like to do? Well, honestly, I like to be with friends. As long as I'm with my friends, I like to do almost anything. Mostly, I like to be around kids. I don't know what it is, but when I'm playing with a kid everything else that may be troublesome in my life is forgotten. I love to make a child smile. Actually, I like to make anyone smile. I come from a family full of humor and I love to share that with others. I am lucky to have several nieces and nephews whom I adore and who adore me back. There is nothing better in the world than to walk into a room and just see a child's eyes light up because they are so excited to see you or to have them run up and give you a hug.  

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I know it's true. I was raised in the LDS Church, but there comes a point in everyone's life when the child leaves the parents and has to make up her own mind on religion. Sometime in during my college years I started to really question my beliefs. I guess I got scared because I didn't know all the answers. So, I worked on trying to find all of the answers. Eventually, I kind of gave up because I was so focused on school and other things. I guess I just stopped worrying. The real test came a few years later. I had met a wonderful man and we were dating very seriously. We dated for several years and we both wanted to get married. The only problem was that he was of another Christian denomination. We both went to each other's churches, but in the end neither of us changed our minds on religion. I think we both could have dealt with getting married and keeping our own religions. It would be hard, but I think it would have been do-able. The problem is that we both wanted kids and we could not agree on in what religion we would raise our kids. I struggled with this one a lot. I loved him and I did not want to lose him. When I finally decided to take my head out of the sand, I realized there was only two questions I needed to answer 1 did I believe the LDS Church was true? and 2 did I love God more than I loved this guy? I had every opportunity to walk away from the LDS Church and never look back. Often during our conversations about religion I would become so flustered that I began to doubt what I believed. When I realized that we were at a crossroads in our relationship, I seriously considered changing my religion. It was at this point that I got my answer. I knew the LDS Church was God's church on earth today. Even with all of my fears and doubts, I could not deny my knowledge of the truth. Then I had to do the hardest thing I've ever done in my life and break up with my boyfriend. I chose God. It may sound really silly to some that it took a broken relationship for me to finally make a choice, but that's what it was for me. I was on the fence for so long, either ignoring my fears or just refusing the make a decision. But, I finally decided to go with what I knew was true. I know that Christ is the Savior of this World and that he suffered and died for me, so I could return to my Heavenly Father. I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon testify of Christ. I know that God has restored his Church on the earth again. I know that we have apostles and a prophet on the earth again and are ordanined as prophet, seers, and revealators of the Lord. In fact, when I was trying to decide what to do about my religion and my relationship, the testimony I have of the prophet and his apostles was a part of my beliefs I could never deny. I am so grateful that God has given me this knowledge and that I have finally decided to stay on the Lord's side with His Gospel which is taught through His Church. 

How I live my faith

 You know, I don't think I do anything special. I just don't hide the fact that I'm LDS. I work at a university. The Church often has buildings close to universities for students to have a place to hang out and take classes about the Gospel. Since I'm so close to it, I always go to the building during my lunch break and take a class. People at work will ask what I did for lunch and I tell them. If I did a service project with my congregation and the next day my co-workers ask what I did, I tell them. I don't go out of my way to show them how religious I am, but I don't hide it either. My office all knows that my religion is very important to me and that it makes me who I am. They all respect me for it.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

There's a phrase in the Book of Mormon that says that we are saved "after all we can do." Some have misinterpreted that phase and think that Mormons believe that we have to work for our salvation and then, whatever we can't do, Christ will make up the difference, if we repent. But, the problems is that misconception leaves out is the fact that I can't do anything without Christ. It starts with faith in my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. After I was baptized and given the gift of the Holy Ghost, I had the ability to use that gift to not only guide me to make righteous choices, but also to help me do those right things. Anything good I do is only accomplished with the help of Christ. Christ's Grace or Atonement doesn't start for me when I die, I depend on his Atonement, His love, His Grace, and His strength everyday. In Matthew 5:48, Christ says "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." There was only one man who walked this earth who was perfect and that is Jesus Christ. If I am directed to be like my Heavenly Father and be perfect, the only way for me to do this is through Christ. I really like the word "be". That's my goal to become more like my Savior and my Heavenly Father. It is only through his Atonement and his Grace that I can. Show more Show less