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Hi I'm Lisa

I'm a wife, mother, a grandma, a preschool teacher, I've ran ten marathons, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I started running at 14 years old and was immediately "hooked" the first race I competed in, where I took 1st place in a half marathon. My running career took me to region and state championships and eventually ten marathons, 6 of those marathons were completed after my children were born. I started dating my future husband soon after I was home from college and after a week of dating every night, we were engaged and married 2 1/2 months later in the Salt Lake City Temple. We felt strongly that we wanted to have our children come as quickly as possible. So after 7 years of marriage, we had 6 children; five boys and a girl. They were all healthy and happy children and we felt very blessed and complete after they were here. When our youngest was nearly 11 yrs. old, we felt inspired to adopt. After many months of searching, we prayed about a little 2 month old girl in Haiti and felt the Lord say, "yes". However, as we went forward with the process of adopting her, she was taken back to Heavenly Father at nearly 4 months old. This was devastating to us, but we had faith that if it was truly Father's will, all would work out to have her sealed to our family. Permission was granted, and we had her sealed to our family four days before Christmas in 2001. We are so grateful for the temple ordinances that allow such blessings to our entire family! I love being a wife, mother and grandmother, it is my greatest joy in life!

Why I am a Mormon

I love so many things about the Church and what it does for me as an individual, wife, mother and grandmother...I don't even know where to begin! My spirituality is very important to me and feeling the Holy Ghost guide me and help me through challenges and even just ordinary days is such an incredible blessing in my life...I can't imagine my life without it! My life has been very fulfilling and I owe it mostly to my Savior and His gospel. I love the Book of Mormon and truly feel it is my dear friend...whenever I read from its pages, I feel closer to my Heavenly Father and Savior. And the truths that are found there are guidelines to my everyday decisions. I love the Savior, Jesus Christ, and I know He lives and loves me...this is such a blessing in my life and the lives of my family members. Without Him I would definitely be lost and not know where to find true JOY and HAPPINESS. I am so indebted to Him and only hope to someday live more perfectly so I can return to live in His presence. I love the fact that we have a living prophet to give us direction from Father in heaven! I love listening to our prophet and leaders every six months in General Conference! This is such a 'shot in the arm' for me and blesses my life and helps me be a better woman, wife, mother and grandmother. I love the saints...when I go to church each Sunday and see the members of my ward and feel of their love and commitment to the gospel principles and see their faith it buoys me up! I love the testimony of Joseph Smith, our first prophet in this dispensation. He lived great and died great and I am forever thankful for all the teachings and sacrifices he gave us, I want to live as he did...strong and committed to bring the Kingdom of God forth! I am so thankful for the blessings of the temple and to have my family sealed together forever! I know we must all strive to do our part and live righteously to receive this blessing. I love my family and can't imagine life without them.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith by faithfully serving in the church and bringing relief to those in my ward and neighborhood. I love serving as a Temple Ordinance Worker now for the last year, in the Mesa Temple and now I will start next Weds. serving in the beautiful new temple here---The Gilbert Temple! I love to feel the serenity and peace that is felt in the House of the Lord...I feel so grateful for this opportunity! I have served my community in the capacity of the foster parent program in two states. And this has helped my family and I become more empathetic and seeing all the many people who struggle and have challenges has helped us to appreciate our life more and be grateful. These young children who have come into our homes for various reasons, from age 3 days old to 14 yrs. old have blessed our lives as we took care of their needs and wants and gave them love and security in their times of need. We felt a bit of heaven on earth as we served these sweet children. As a family we have participated almost every Christmas in serving a family or individual by giving them Christmas presents, food, etc. We do this anonymously and it is so fun to be a small part of bringing the Spirit of Christ to these people's life...and especially seeing my children catch the joy of giving!

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. Relief Society was established in 1842 for women 18 years of age and older. Its purpose is to build faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and help those in need. I have been a Relief Society Sister now for nearly 30 years! My family and I have been richly blessed by the service of the Relief Society in our lives and by myself having the opportunity to serve and lift others in their time of need. Helping others has also helped me in teaching my children to give service to others. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Oh, absolutely not! There have been countless times I have witnessed not only in my life but in watching others help those in need, no matter what religion or background. I have been actively involved in helping a sweet lady from Mexico who I first met when I was a foster parent to her two beautiful children. She has a very tough background and has been in prison for her choices, but Show more Show less