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Hi I'm Lisa.

I'm a wife, mom, and teacher. I love my life and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am going to start this by stating my age. I am 29 years old, but I have celebrated turning 29 for many years now. I should probably bump that age up a bit now that my oldest son will be turning 20 this year. He is our oldest of five sons. I love having all boys, but look forward to adding five daughters-in-law to that some day. In addition to being a wife and mother, I am also a Spanish teacher at a local high school. I love teaching! I love creating fun lessons, doing building projects around the house, singing, playing the guitar, camping, cooking, watching Jane Austen movies, and just hanging out with my family, extended family, and friends. Although I was born in California, I have lived in several places including Argentina, Samoa, and Hawaii. I love learning about other people and their cultures and I love going to church in other places and finding instant friends wherever I go. It's amazing!

Why I am a Mormon

My father, who is from Missouri, decided to be baptized into the church when he was 17. My mother, who was in California at the time, went to church one day because her sister had been begging her to go. Finally, my mother consented and went. What she felt at the meeting told her that what she heard and felt was true and she decided from that moment on to go to church. My parents met, got married and raised their six children in the faith that they had found. I am one of those six children and I am so thankful for their commitment to following truth. Despite being raised a Mormon, I had to find out for myself that what I had been taught was really what my parents had said it was. And that's what happened. Time after time throughout my life, I have felt this sureness and knowledge come to my mind and heart. I believe that things that you feel (and not see with your eyes) ...things that your spirit feels, are even stronger than sight. The truths that I learn fills me with peace, direction, happiness, and an understanding of who I am. As a member of the church, we are asked to study our scriptures each day. As I read the Bible, The Book of Mormon and other books I am filled with a love for my Savior, Jesus Christ and I have come to know that he really is the Savior of the whole world. He was not just a great man or prophet, but the promised Messiah. I love Him so very much.

How I live my faith

Every hour of my life I try to live my faith because it's who I am. (It doesn't mean I am perfect in any way, but that I am trying because of the conviction of who I really am...who each of us really is---a child of God.) Each morning after I shower and am awake, I get on my knees and try to talk to Him through prayer. I thank Him. I tell Him my plans and ask for help to be better. I talk to Him about my husband and each of my children, my parents, siblings, and others. And he listens. And when I listen in return I am guided during the day as to what I can do to be better and to help those around me. During the day I try to live my faith in the classroom be being kind and optimistic. And then I try to carry that home. As a member of the church I have opportunities to serve. I am a visiting teacher, which means that each month I visit two other ladies in my area and share a spiritual message. When they are sick or going through a hard time I try to help. I also get to help with the Young Women program in our area. It is fun to work with the girls ages 12-17 and to see them set goals and learn and grow. It's a lot of work being a member of the church, but great things always take our best effort.