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Hi I'm Lisa

I'm a wife, a mom, and a full-time homemaker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the tenth of eleven children and a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was raised in Northern Virginia where most families are much smaller than ours and where there are few members of our church. Fortunately, our neighbors and classmates were very friendly toward us, even if they didn't understand much about our religion or why on earth my parents would want to have so many children. Although my parents encouraged us to get as much education as we could, they didn't have the money to pay for our college tuition. My siblings and I had to earn the money ourselves to continue our education after high school. I was blessed to have received a full-tuition, academic scholarship to Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah, making it possible to start college right after high school. At BYU, I studied the Humanities and gained a broad, liberal arts education in preparation to go to optometry school. Like so many others who attend BYU, I met my future husband on campus. We were waiting in line for a movie, and he introduced himself to me. A year after we got married, I earned my bachelor's degree and gave birth to our first child on the same day (but not in the same place, thankfully). I never did make it optometry school, but my education continues as I learn how to care for young children, how to be a better wife, and how to remove pen marks from the furniture. My husband and I have been married 13 years and have 5 children.

Why I am a Mormon

After their third child was born severely handicapped, my parents were advised not to have any more children lest they too be born with major developmental problems. However, my parents believed in God. They trusted in Him to help them manage the challenges of caring for a handicapped child. They also felt that their family wasn't complete. Although they knew it wouldn't be easy to raise a large family, they chose to have more children. Because of their faith in God, I was born. I was their tenth of eleven children. As I grew older, my parents helped me develop my own faith in God. They taught me gospel principles in formal family meetings and in personal one-on-one conversations. They lived what they believed, and I benefited from their example and their faith. However, that isn't the reason that I continue living the gospel as an adult. The decision to be a Mormon hasn't been the default option for me--it's a deliberate choice. Yes, my parents are Mormon, their parents were Mormon, and so were their parents. I'm a descendant of Mormon pioneers, but the decision to be a Mormon is mine. When I was 8, I chose to be baptized. I knew, even at such a young age, that I wanted to follow the Savior's example and be baptized. I saw how the gospel blessed the lives of my parents and older siblings, and I wanted those blessings too. The first time I read the Book of Mormon, I felt a peaceful impression that what I was reading was true and I wanted to be connected to the church that taught these truths. Every experience I've had with learning the gospel has reinforced this impression.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by making the most of my time here on earth. The teachings and commandments of Christ help me prioritize how I spend my time. Because I am a Mormon, I believe in service. Our family doesn't have a lot of extra money, but we faithfully pay our tithing and fast offerings. This money that we donate to the church is used to help those in need. When our ward organizes service projects, we donate our time. My husband chose his career as a philanthropy adviser because we believe in service. Because I am a Mormon, I believe in education. I home school my older children so that they can learn as much as they can at their own pace. We have bookcases full of books in our home and make frequent trips to the library. I've taught my children how to read at an early age so they can learn from books on their own. Because I am a Mormon, I respect human life and value family relationships. The message of the world has increasingly grown more negative toward having children. Without an understanding of the gospel, the costs of child rearing seem to outweigh the benefits. However, with the perspective of the gospel, having children takes on an eternal consequence. We believe that raising children helps us become more like our Heavenly Father. The love we feel for our children resembles the perfect love God has for us. Because I am a Mormon, I don't drink alcohol, use tobacco, drink coffee, or use illegal drugs. By avoiding these substances, I've avoided any chance of becoming addicted to them. I'm also able to use my money and time in other ways. Because I am a Mormon, I am responsible. Mormons are taught to be good stewards of our money, our talents, our children, and our earth. We use our resources wisely and develop our talents. We take care of our children with love. Because I am a Mormon, I am happy and at peace, even in the midst of hardship. The gospel helps me forgive those who hurt me and find comfort when life is hard. I know God loves us and watches over us.