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Hi I'm lissalynn

I'm an art teacher, world traveler and a wife. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mountain girl, I grew up in Colorado. At age 17 I saw the ocean and knew that I needed to be near the ocean too. So I moved to the Pacific Northwest, Washington. My passion has always been in visual art and teaching. I love the gift of education and I love sharing the power art has had in my own life with my students. I also value the lessons one learns from traveling outside of your comfort zone and knowing other countries and cultures so I have also spent a lot of my time volunteering in Central and South America.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I was raised "in the church" baptized when was 8 into the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints. In my young adult life I left the church and explored other faiths for almost 7 years. The further I got from the gospel of Jesus Christ the darker my life became until one day I reached rock bottom and finally decided to pray again. A warm feeling of love and peace came over me and I took this as a sign to explore my childhood faith once more. I read the Book of Mormon, cover to cover, for the first time at age 25. I read the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament and felt God's love for me. I knew that my Father in heaven wanted me to be happy and that He had created a way. I was converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and have never looked back since. Following His words brings me joy and happiness and helps me to know what I can do to reach my fullest potential.

How I live my faith

When Jesus Christ was on the earth He spoke of loving your neighbor and caring for those who are in need. I try everyday to live up to His words and do what I can to help those around me. That may look like having a conversation with the person sitting next to me on the bus, doing the dishes for my husband, helping out at the local food bank, being patient with my family members, visiting women from church who are lonely or in need, helping someone who is lost and doesn't speak English, or loving my students the way Jesus Christ would. I try to follow in His footsteps because He is the ultimate example for us and I hope that by knowing me others may know Him.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

lissalynn
I read the scriptures because I want to have a relationship with my Heavnely Father. I can speak to Him through my prayers, and he can give me feelings of peace and joy and comfort through tthe Holy Ghost. but if I want to know His words, how he speaks to His children, I can read them in the Holy Scriptures, both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon. There have been many times when I have had a very specific question that I needed an answer to. I had prayed and prayed to receive an answer, and then later found a verse of scripture that directly answered my prayers. I read the words, and a warm feeling of peace and joy comes over me, and in that moment I feel like I am talking with God. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

lissalynn
One thing that makes us unique is another set of scriptures that we read and believe to be the word of God. This book is called the Book of Mormon, and it is a religious account of the people who lived on the Americas during the time of the Bible, compiled and abridged by a man named Mormon. We also read the Holy Bible and believe it to be the word of God and with these two testaments the gospel of Jesus Christ is complete. Our church is called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and we are Christian, meaning we believe that Christ is our Savior. Mormon is a nickname that has been given to us over the years because of the Book of Mormon. Sometimes I think it is easier and shorter to say that I'm a Mormon because it is historically a more familiar term. But I would prefer to be called a Latter Day Saint (or LDS) and to refer to the church as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because Jesus Christ is who I worship, not Mormon. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

lissalynn
All are welcome to visit any Sunday service, most start at 9am. Our Sunday services are split into three one hour segments. The first and most important meeting is the Sacrament meeting where the whole congregation meets in the chapel to partake of the Sacrament. You will hear hymns sung in reverance to prepare one's heart, mind and spirit for the sacrament. Then, the bread and the water are blessed and passed to all those who wish to partake. The bread is to help us remember the body of Christ which was sacrificed on our behal,f and the water is to remember the blood of Christ which was shed for us, and in doing so we promise to try to keep His comandments and we are then promised that we can have His spirit with us always. Which is nice because if you have the Holy Spirit with you always it can bring you a feeling of happiness and joy and also it can lead and direct you in your daily life so you can live your life in such a way that you can return to our Father in heaven. Following the Sacrament there is a "sermon." But is isnt delivered by our leader, the bishop, a few members of the congregation are called upon earlier in the week to prepare a talk on a specific subject and deliver it over the pulpit on Sunday. This is one thing that I love about our church, we get to hear the gospel through the perspective and experience of our peers. There are classes for the last two hours that study scripture and the teachings or our leaders and prophets. Show more Show less