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Hi I'm Lisa

I grew up in Kentucky with two siblings. I work full-time for a university, and my husband and I have two kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work full-time for a university doing fundraising. I've been married for 11 years and we have two kids. Our family has moved around a lot for schooling--my husband and I both have our master's degrees. I'm also involved in my daughter's elementary school's PTA, I'm the treasurer of a non-profit organization, and we foster dogs for a local shelter. My family's ancestry is Danish, while my husband's is Norwegian.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know the joy Christ's message brings. I am thankful to know why we're here on this earth, where we were before birth, and where we will go after we die. I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to return to Him, and to experience joy on this earth. I am also grateful that He values us so much that He allows us to grow through trials here. Being a parent, I can imagine the sorrow He feels as we make mistake after mistake or as we suffer the consequences of others' actions. I love that He also values the importance of family--that we can live together forever as families. I am thankful for our elder brother, Jesus Christ, and for His example and for His sacrifice. I am unable to describe in words the joy I feel in this knowledge, but I know the happiness I feel here on earth is due to my heavenly family's love for me, and for the blessings they give me.

How I live my faith

I play the piano in the children's Sunday School--it's highly entertaining, seeing how I don't really play that well! But the kids love music, no matter how poorly it's played, and they're always game for me to try new songs. My mother was a piano teacher and she enjoys pointing out how much better I'd be had I practiced in my youth! I love hearing the children sing, and feeling of their happiness and excitement to share Jesus Christ's message through song. It is inspiring to learn of their love and appreciation for Heavenly Father and for Jesus Christ.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Lisa
Mormon women are just as diverse as non-Mormon women. We work full-time, we stay home full-time, or we do both part-time; we're all ethnicities and run a gamut of colors; we're all ages; we're single, divorced, or married; and we have tons of children, no children, or just one child. The thing we all have in common is that we are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us just as much as He loves His sons. Our prayers are heard and answered by Him. We are asked to serve our fellow sisters and brothers just like our male counterparts in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we strive to be like Jesus Christ just as the men do. I think the overarching commonality of being a woman in our church is to be involved--in our local schools, shelters, politics, neighborhoods, families, etc. We are all God's children and we are all responsible for taking care of one another. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Lisa
Honestly, I feel like being a Mormon is the best! I am often teased by co-workers for being so happy (once didn't get a job in part because I seemed too joyful--HA!). I really am happy! I am so glad I don't have to worry about the many things in this world that can pull people down. I know how to be happy by myself, with my family, at work, and at home. I appreciate the world that Heavenly Father created for me in all its glory. I have certainly known sadness, but having the knowledge of why we're here on Earth, where we have come from, and that Jesus Christ has a plan for us to return to live with Him and our Father puts everything into perspective. I am happy that I can live with my family forever. I am happy that I can be forgiven of my imperfections while striving to become better. And I am happy that Heavenly Father is aware of all of my weaknesses and yet loves me unconditionally. Knowing all of those things, how can I not rejoice? Show more Show less