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Hi I'm Lisa

I am a busy single mom of two preteens. I work full time but I am working on a Phd. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I consider myself pretty ordinary. I like to read, camp, hike, and spend time with my children. In the past eight years, I've divorced, earned a bachelor's degree in Technical Management, earned a master's degree in Public Administration, started on the road to earning a Phd in Project Management, changed employers 3 times, lived in three different states, and been diagnosed with epilepsy. My life is crazy but I'm learning to love it!

Why I am a Mormon

Frankly, I am a Mormon because I love the feeling of peace, love, and support that I receive when I attend church, read my Bible and Book of Mormon, provide service, and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. I was born in the church but we did not always attend. It was difficult for my mother to take six children to church by herself. My father was incredibly shy and did not feel comfortable attending. The few times we went, I loved it. It was different from my home life—everything was so clean and the adults were so loving and supportive. My mother suffered from major depression and our home suffered for it. Even though at the time I did not know what I was feeling, I longed for the spirit I felt at church and church members’ homes. When I was twelve, my sister and I stayed with a family friend in another state for a few months. It was there that I learned what a peaceful home was like. After my mother received help, we started attending church on a regular basis. I promised myself that I would always attend church and do the things that would bring me closer to Christ. Well, it did not exactly turn out that way. I did not date very much – ok, at all – so when a charming man paid attention to me, it was all over. I rationalized that he had such potential and believed his promises of someday. He did not have the same ideas about life and religion that I did. It became easier to not go to church, and that led to not saying prayers, and not reading my scriptures. Then the darkness returned. When I moved with my husband and children to another state, I promised myself that I would become active in the church again and that nothing or no one would take those peaceful feelings from me. I started reading my scriptures and praying. I grew spiritually but my husband did not. I came to the realization that I was a daughter of God and deserved to be treated better. Life has not been easy but the gospel brings me the peace I need to get through the trials.

How I live my faith

There are very few members where I work but just about everyone knows I am a Mormon. I am often asked questions about my faith. Currently, at church, I work with the girls aged 12-18. I love serving them! They have such a zest for life. I teach about every three weeks and I hope that the experiences that I have shared will help them as they grow spiritually. I also devote one day a week to provide activities for them. During the summer, I get to spend a week with them camping. I look forward to that week! I also create a monthly newsletter and email it to the single adults in our area. The newsletter gives a spiritual message and details on single adult activities, dances, conferences, and spiritual workshops/talks sponsored by the church.