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Hi I'm Lisa

I am a life-long Californian. I get excited about arts education for kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married nearly 30 years and raised 4 sons. I also have a grandson and, finally, a granddaughter - a girl at last! When I think about what I'm most interested in, education in form or another always jumps to the top. I loved school as a kid and always wanted to be a teacher. I went to college twice - once before I was married at age 20, and then again later, earning my B.A. degree the same year I became a grandma and then completing an elementary credential program. In between, I always found some way to keep learning! I tackled new projects, studied with my kids, and researched topics that interested me. While having my own classroom isn't the best option for me right now, I've forged my own path writing arts curriculum for elementary students, combining my love of music and art with my love of teaching kids. It's a great mix!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised as a Mormon, I choose to continue being a Mormon because I know for myself that it's true. I've never been a person to take someone else's word for something - I need to find out on my own. I have come to know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true by living it and studying it and thinking about it - by testing it in the laboratory of my own life. As I keep the commandments, I know I am blessed. As I pray and read scriptures, I build a relationship with God that comforts me when I have trouble and gives me hope for the future. As I serve others, I feel the love of the Lord for me and for them. The teachings of the church give me joy - I know I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me and who hears and answers my prayers. I know Jesus Christ suffered for my sins so I can repent daily and become a better person. I know my life has meaning, and that it began before I was born and will continue after I die. I know that my family can be together forever. Knowing these things is like living with the lights on - without this foundation, I'd be lost in the dark. I am more grateful than I can say for the truth that fills my life and my heart.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every minute - It's a part of who I am. I want to be the kind of person Jesus would be pleased with, and that affects the way I interact with and treat others. I spend time first thing in the morning praying and doing some scripture study - a personal devotional that gives my day a great start. I have specific responsibility for leading the women in our church. I visit them, organize our Sunday meetings and a monthly activity, arrange for help if someone's sick or has other needs, teach gospel lessons, and so on. I love the women of the church! Serving them and spending time with them really makes me happy.