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Hi I'm Lisa

I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am a convert to the Mormon church. I am a wife and mother to four children.

About Me

At the time I have written this, I have been happily married for 30 years. We are the parents of four amazing children. My family and I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for many years now, but I was raised in Louisiana. I have learned to like the outdoors, hiking and walking with my family. Moving to this region has been a great gift to me, as I have learned so many new ways to enjoy life. I love music! It is my true passion. I started playing the flute when I was ten, and went through a year of college studying. But then I changed majors to become an elementary school teacher. Most of my church assignments have involved teaching, and I have been teaching all ages of Sunday School and children's classes for nearly 35 years now. I also play and sing Irish traditional music, and I have participated in Irish group dancing for several years. My love for the silver (classical) flute led me to the Irish flute and pennywhistle.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. I met the first Mormon missionaries when I was in high school. I loved what they taught, that God was a real person, not a vague concept. I had prayed for years but never knew to whom I was really speaking. Their first teachings to me were about how we all lived with God in a pre-earth life, and that we are here on earth as a part of our complete, eternal life. We do have a reason to be here, and after this life there is more to look forward to. I was so happy to hear that there was a plan for me, as an individual. I'd never been taught anything like that before. I was baptized at 19, during my first year of college, into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am still a happy and active participant in my church because of the first teachings of those missionaries. I know who I am. I know God has a plan for me. He sent me my wonderful husband, children, friends, and experiences that tell me that He does live. Every time I hear beautiful music, or sing or play my instruments, I feel closer to something that is not of this world. My life has not been without serious challenges. In fact, there are and have been many times when I have wondered if God is still listening to me after all of these years of fervent prayer. "Why does this happen? Is He still there for me?" are two questions I have asked of life over and over. But it always comes back to what I prayed about so many years ago, and found to be true, by the power of God's Holy Spirit: that Our Heavenly Father is a real, living and glorified God, that he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to sacrifice his life for each of us, and that if I have faith I will indeed be lifted up above my sufferings and trials. It gives me hope to know that someday because of Jesus Christ, we will all be resurrected to a life with no more pain or suffering. And that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have had assignments over the years to teach young people of all ages in our children's organization, called Primary, as well as teens in our youth organization, and adults in Sunday School classes. One of the great things about my church is that we are not asked to do things based solely on our ability or hobbies. We are asked if we are willing to do these tasks, and we grow as we do things that are sometimes difficult. I've always found it worth it to take these assignments, as I've grown to be able to be in front of groups with much less anxiety. I love teaching! I am currently assigned to be the choir director in our ward, or congregation. I help choose music that will be presented in our first meeting each Sunday. I like knowing that I am contributing to the wonderful feeling that people can have as they hear and sing during worship services.

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

Lisa
Please come visit us! I entered my first visit to a Mormon meeting not knowing what to expect, so I know it can be daunting. But don't hold back. Shake the hand of someone who offers theirs to you, look them in the eye, and tell them you are a visitor and would like to know when the meetings start. You will be amazed at the help you will receive. There is a place for you, your children, and friends. We'd love to have you come. And feel free to ask questions! Show more Show less