What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Lisa

I grew up as an Army brat, living around the world. My husband and I are raising our 4 children in Utah.

About Me

My family lived all over the world when I was growing up. We were in Japan, Virginia, Hawaii, New Jersey, Germany, and Arizona. I learned that there are good people wherever you go of all different religions and all different nationalities. I also learned that you can learn to love wherever you are. When my husband and I graduated from college, the jobs we found were in Utah and so, in Utah we stayed. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of my life, so being in Utah and being a member of the majority religion was different for me. I learned that not everyone lives their religion, but most of us are trying. We have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. I have been a stay at home mom during most of those child rearing years. All but one of our children has left the nest. I fill my time with substitute teaching at a preschool, home improvement projects, walking in the mornings, volunteering in the community and schools, and planning and looking forward to family events and vacations.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because being a member of this church and living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings me great happiness. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon which states, "Wickedness never was happiness." I believe that with all my heart. I was raised a member of the church, but there comes a time for all of us when we have to find out for ourselves if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is really the Savior's true church on this earth. I have prayed to know this for myself and I received an answer. We can all receive that answer for ourselves through sincere prayer. We have a Heavenly Father who loves us and has a plan for us. This life is not easy, but we can receive comfort and direction for our lives from the Holy Ghost, who is sent to us as a gift from our Father. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, atoned for our sins so that we can be forgiven and find our way back to our Heavenly Home. We have a child who has chosen not to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father has allowed us to make our own choices and sometimes as a parent, that is hard. We pray for her daily and continue to love her. She is always welcome in our home and is here for Sunday dinner just about every week. I know that she is a choice daughter of her Heavenly Father and some day she'll remember that too.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith each day by remembering the covenants that I made at baptism when I was eight. I covenanted to take upon myself the name of Christ and to mourn with those that mourn and comfort those that stand in need of comfort. To me, taking upon the name of Christ means to love as he would love, unconditionally. It's not always easy. Being stuck in traffic and long lines at the grocery store don't bring out the best in me. But, I'm getting better. I've spent many years serving in the PTA's in my children's schools and at our local library. In our church, we have many opportunities for service. The members of the congregation keep the local units running by responding to "calls to service" by our Bishops. Currently, I teach the 3 year olds each Sunday in the children's organization which is called the Primary. I spend 2 hours with them each week teaching them basic principles of the gospel, such as, "I am a Child of God" and "Heavenly Father and Jesus Love Me." I also serve as the Assistant Compassionate Service Leader, which means that when families in our ward need help because they've just had a new baby, or just moved into the area, or are going through surgery or long term illnesses, or whatever it may be, we provide whatever kind of assistance they need. Sometimes it's meals, babysitting, help moving in, or just visits. My husband currently serves as a Stake President. Congregations are organized into wards, and a stake is a geographical boundary that encompasses several wards. He has 2 counselors that help him in his work. He has a full time job in addition to his church service so he's a very busy man. I do my best to keep things running smoothly at home so he has less to worry about. He is always there to support our children and myself when we need him, though. Family always comes first.