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Hi I'm Lisa

I grew up in Utah, taught Chinese in a high school, coached soccer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having grown up with a father who was a linguist, I have learned to love the world and its people. I have lived in Guatemala, China, Taiwan and for most of my life in the United States. I have been a high school Chinese teacher, I love to garden, read, walk with friends, play sports with my family and volunteer. World history and anthropology are some of my favorite subjects to read about and study. I have six children, five boys and one daughter. We climb "14ers" (mountains that are over 14,000 feet tall), backpack, play walleyball and love to watch ballroom dancing.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I belief the doctrines that are taught in this church. I believe in community and brotherhood and sisterhood of all people. I love the concept of grace found in this church--that it is a gift given to us and also an opportunity for us to feel God's love and to become more like Christ. Since I have lived around the world, I have sensed deep goodness in people of many different faiths. I honor and respect faith found in so many people around the world. I accept all truths and believe that my faith adds to the truth that I have found in this world. Moreover, as a mother, I love the direction and support my church gives to my children from a very young age. My children started to learn to speak in front of a crowd at age 3! The program for the youth is powerful and gives my children very safe guidelines to follow along with a fun group of friends to associate with. Education and learning is emphasized and honored. Every week we have "Family Home Evening" where we gather as a family and enjoy a time set apart to be together, to laugh, learn and play.

How I live my faith

I am the woman who oversees the welfare of the other women in our church unit, called ward. I get to council with our bishop about how best to help sisters in need. I feel honored and respected as a woman who has a good mind and good ideas. I feel listened to and validated. I have been a soccer coach for years and love coaching with the philosophy that if I identify what each player does right, s/he will feel confident and become better. I did not criticize any player and my team was the second it its league.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mormons believe that every person on this earth is important, loved by God and should be loved by us. We want to help anyone we can--even people of different faiths or people with no faith. God is no respecter of persons. He will listen to anyone's prayers and we want to help anyone. I am so proud of how my church reaches out to people in need--from natural disasters to domestic needs to an individual who is feeling lonely. We provide community for the lonely and down-hearted, volunteer service for those in need, humanitarian support for peoples around the world. Show more Show less