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Hi I'm Lisa

I was raised to honor my father's Jewish heritage. I attended Catholic high school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a family with four siblings, a Jewish father and a Mormon mother. I am the only active member of my childhood family. I married an amazing man in the Los Angeles Temple 18 years ago. We have three children (a daughter and two sons) and live in Southern California. I enjoy reading, spinning, hiking, skiing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, my best friend told me a story about going away to summer camp and as the boat pulled away from the dock, the masks the kids wore during the rest of the year would fall away and their true selves would shine for their time at camp. As the boat started its return home, the masks would slowly reappear for each camper. After hearing this story, I decided I did not want to wear a mask anymore between being an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ and a Mormon in name only. I am a Mormon because I love our Savior, Jesus Christ and his father. I am so humbled by their love for us. It is unconditional and supportive. A 14 year old boy questioned his faith and knelt in prayer and was heard by his loving Heavenly Father. This 14 year old boy, Joseph Smith, grew into a man whom the Lord and his Son loved and entrusted with the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ which gospel mirrors the gospel of Jesus's time on Earth. I love the idea of Heaven and an eternal family. I am grateful to be a member of a church that has a plan of happiness which offers each of us the opportunity to go to Heaven and live with our Savior, his Father and our loved family members who have passed away. I can't wait to see my mom again. When she passed she shared her testimony of the importance of following our Savior's example and to love one another, to treat each other a little kinder. It is His commandment and the Church of Jesus Christ asks their members to do this. I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am currently working with the adult women in my ward (similar to a parish). I help organize our Sunday meetings (working with teachers, sometimes teaching, arranging music, announcements). I also attend weekday evening meetings we have with the women ( learning new skills or celebrating the gospel together-emergency preparedness information, "go green" cleaning, crafts, gathering for a celebration of Christmas, etc). With another woman in our ward, she and I make contact with a few specific women each month. We visit with each other and try to stay abreast of what is happening in their lives, building relationships of support and love. As often as I can, I try to attend a weekday scripture class and learn from the teachers and the other women there who are so knowledgable and willing to share their knowldge with me. Also, with a group of incredible women, I co-host a weekly lunch for high schoolers at my family's home. It is called Mormon Lunch and the Mormon kids invite their non-Mormon friends. It is great. Our highest attendance has been 77 kids (our house is not large, kids fill almost every nook and cranny of the downstairs). Most of the attendees are not members of our church but enjoy coming and spending time with each other. I find joy in living my faith.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Lisa
A ward is similar in concept to a parish or synagogue however a Mormon does not choose which ward he/she goes to. They are assigned geographically. A stake is similar to a diocese. It is a group of wards and branches in a specific geographical area. A branch would be a small parish. It functions like a ward but due to its membership it is categorized as a branch not a ward. Show more Show less