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Hi I'm Lisa-Marie

I'm a Photographer, Writer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I served a mission for the church from 1992 - 1994. I love to travel and explore new places, my favorite place being the Hoh National Rain Forest. The most important blessing in my life is my family, and I'm grateful for my knowledge that I can be with them forever.

Why I am a Mormon

God has a plan for every one of his children, and I was no exception. Just as you are reading this, the gospel came into my life in a way that was able to reach me. My daughter had been born with serious health conditions, and her earthly life was too short. She had fought for her life for almost a year, but she changed mine forever. Loving friends were there for me through this difficult time, and with a heart full of "whys" and "what ifs," they were able to provide me with the answers I was seeking. I won't kid you that I was an easy convert to the church. I was pretty stubborn, and not easily convinced of anything new. The missionaries that came an taught me will forever be hero's in my life, for the love and patience they showed me. As wonderful as the message was that they shared, it wasn't enough for me to make a commitment, and that is when I got down on my knees and prayed with all my heart. I sincerely wanted an answer. Was God really there? Was He really listening to me? Were the things I had learned true? By the time I got off my knees, I KNEW. There was no longer any doubt in my mind of Gods existence. He is real, and He loves me. I knew at that time, and I still know to this day, that I will see my daughter again, and that I can be with my family forever.

How I live my faith

The gospel makes me want to be a better person, and make a difference in my little part of the world. I'm a affiliated Photographer for the "Now I lay me Down to sleep" charitable organization. No matter what our talent in life, I firmly believe that it can be used to bless the life of others. As a Photographer, I volunteer for this organization, by being on call for local hospitals. Many babies are born with complications, and not all parents are blessed to be able to take their little bundles of joy home with them. When necessary, we sit at the hospital during the birth in the hope that we can capture a memory of this little miracle, before he/she returns to God. I work with other Photographers in the area, to provide these families with portraits that they can cherish and remember their child. I teach Sunday School to a wonderful group of 12 year old. I'm blown away every time I teach them, by the wonderful spirits they have, and their desire to learn about the Savior.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

This question always brings a smile to my face, because I remember asking the very same thing before I joined the church. The easiest way to explain it, is to compare it to our own lives and situations. I have children, that I am very proud of, and I beam with pride as much as any mother. However, I wouldn't give all their personal information out to any stranger on the internet. Everyone would think me crazy and worry about the potential danger I was placing my child in. The fact that I with hold information about my child with strangers doesn't mean that there is something secret about my child. It just means that I love and cherish my child. I don't want to put something so important out there to be mistreated in any way. It's very similar with the Temple. As Mormons, we believe this to be the House of God, and we reverence this Holy place. There is nothing scary or strange, or secret about the Temple. Before each one is dedicated, anyone that is interested can go inside and see for themselves, and I encourage anyone that has that opportunity to go and put my words to the test. Once they are dedicated, we treat our Temples with much reverence, and strive to be the best we can to enter. Just as with any building, there are requirements to enter, and with the Temple, that requirement is our devotion and obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less