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Hi I'm Lia.

I'm a teacher, singer, writer, and mom. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in three countries and visited at least a dozen more, but I love the beautiful Pacific Northwest best. For 20 years, I've been teaching both professionally and as a volunteer in a variety of public and private settings, and I love nothing more than helping others reach their full potential and catch fire with the excitement of learning. In my youth and college years, I sang extensively, winning soloist awards for both jazz and classical music. In recent years, I've taken to writing, and have finished a novel and several plays. One of the greatest joys I experience every day is home schooling my two children. I love watching them capture a whole new concept, and I get a kick out of the fun and astute observations they make. They teach me as much as I teach them.

Why I am a Mormon

I came from a very broken family and longed for something that would help me break that pattern in my own life. During high school and college, I had a few friends who were Mormon. They had close families and good values. There was something different about them, and I wanted to know more. One day, while house sitting for someone who was not LDS, I saw a copy of The Book of Mormon on the shelf. I took it down to browse, thinking it would be a list of beliefs the Mormons held. Instead, I found that it contained a history--like the Bible--of God's dealings with His children. Before long, I felt something happening in my heart--like a window had opened and light was coming in. I asked a good Mormon friend to tell me more about her faith, and she answered all my questions freely (even the ones prompted by anti-Mormon literature I'd been given in times past). She and her family took me in and helped me see what living as a Latter-day Saint could be, and I knew I wanted that for my future. Eventually, I met with the missionaries, and when they taught me, I had a powerful spiritual experience that left me sure that what they were teaching was true. I was baptized at age 21, and 20 years later, I've never regretted that choice once. I'm Mormon because I know the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is on the earth. I know the Lord loves us and has given us living prophets to guide us through these last days. I'm Mormon because every day that I live the teachings of the Church, I am a happier, better person, and I feel God's love all around me.

How I live my faith

Living the gospel is not just a Sunday thing for our family. Every day, we read from the scriptures together and pray, and we strive to develop Christ-like attributes. We listen to the prophet's counsels and try to incorporate them into our life. As I follow the Savior and his appointed servants, I find myself changing; my priorities have moved from temporary, material things to the things that last forever. Currently, it is my great joy to lead the choir in our congregation. It's a small but faithful group of people who love to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord". I also get to teach Sunday School to some really fun teenagers. We learn and laugh and commit each other to follow Christ. This year, we're studying the New Testament, uncovering the miracles that the Savior performed then--and the miracles he performs in our lives every day.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

The best way to know if Mormonism is true is to talk to the people who know best--those who are living it. Ask them why they bother! Ask them how they are blessed! And then ask God. HE knows what is true because He is the author of Truth. It can't be a flippant question, like "What's on TV tonight?" It's a research question, like in school. You have to study--especially those primary sources--and think about its implications. When that work has been done, a humble prayer of faith can open the door to a personal witness. The Spirit of the Lord can speak to your heart with a sureness, a comfort, a peace--a knowledge that goes beyond what you have read, heard or talked about. A knowledge that can only come when God speaks to one of His children one-on-one, and whispers, "Yes, my beloved one. It is true. Come unto me." Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

"If you love me, keep my commandments." Little children learn to trust their parents when they feel loved, and when they feel safe. Parents teach and guide, set rules and mark boundaries. As the child grows, she knows that her parents were watching out for her, loving her, and helping her succeed. The Lord does the same thing for us when He gives us commandments. As we strive to obey the rules and boundaries He has marked, we come to see that He loves us and wants to keep us safe. What is more, we discover that living after the manner He has prescribed allows us to become more like Him, and opens the door to eternal progress. Show more Show less