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Hi I'm Lisa

I live in Okanogan, WA with my husband and 6 kids. I love art and started a summer performing arts camp for kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Lisa. I'm a full time stay-at-home mom and part time entrepreneur. My husband has a good job that enables me to stay home to raise our 6 children. When I'm not taxiing kids to their various after school activities, I'm volunteering at church and in the community. I've served on numerous non-profit boards and currently am a member of city council. In my spare time (yes, it happens!) I like to play my cello or the piano.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the church. My parents were diligent in taking us to church and having family home evening. We did our best to live the gospel and keep the commandments. My religion was such an integral part of my life that I didn't think to test if it was true or not until I was a teenager. I realized through prayer and scripture study that everything about the gospel and the plan of salvation made sense. I didn't fully understand the atonement but I did know that Jesus Christ suffered for my sins and that He and my Heavenly Father love me. Since then, I've practiced communicating with Heavenly Father through prayer, frequently asking for reassurance that he hears and answers my prayers. We practice listening for promptings whenever we lose something important. After praying for guidance, we always find what we were looking for, sometimes miraculously. It has happened so much that I can't doubt that I have a loving Father in Heaven. I know that only through the atonement of Jesus Christ and doing everything that He asks of me will I be able to return to live in the presence of my Heavenly Father. Until that time, I have to be content in this life to communicate with Them through prayer.

How I live my faith

When I received my current church calling of public affairs specialist, I decided it was time to get more involved in my community. I get to organize various service projects that increase member involvement in the community. We've had blood drives and community walk/runs. In order to be more aware of community events, I decided to apply for city council and am now a city council member. It has been a challenge to learn the language of government but I enjoy discussing various local issues with neighbors and friends. I think it's important for public servants to base their decisions on what the people want so I try hard to listen to those around me. It's not my job to think for them. It's my job to represent them. As long as their wants are in keeping with my personal standards, I'll do what they want. When that changes, I'll leave city council and find another way to be involved in the community.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

I'm going to use a common traffic violation as an example of the need for authority. Imagine you are pulled over for speeding. When you roll down your window to hand over your license and registration you see a teenager standing there with a plastic sheriff's badge on and a plastic cap gun. Does that teen have any right to issue a ticket? No. He doesn't have the proper authority. You wouldn't even consider accepting a ticket from anyone other than a properly attired officer of the law. In order for a baptism to be legitimate, it needs to be done by someone with the proper authority. Show more Show less