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Hi I'm Lisa

I went from being a music student, to a school counselor, to a mom in Seattle-so glad I saved the best for last! I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah...wait, keep reading, it gets better! I love playing and writing music, capturing beautiful moments through photography, working out, golf, concerts, decorating, and spending time with my girls. I love living in different places, doing new and exciting things & meeting interesting people - life is an adventure and exploring it brings me so much joy. I moved to Hawaii during college and had the opportunity to tour the beautiful South Pacific as a musician. I am so grateful I was raised in a wonderful place with amazingly solid people, but have enjoyed breaking out into the world a little bit. If it's fun, I'm in! After getting married and finishing an M.S. in Psychology we moved to the beautiful Northwest. Sure, it rains a lot here but where else do you find year-round natural beauty with mountains and beaches minutes away? We waited 8 years to have children, which was a difficult but wise decision for our family. I remember saying that I didn't want to have to divide myself between work, school, and home...and it was worth every bit of patience and sacrifice. I now have 2 beautiful, wild, imaginative, little girls who provide many "growing" opportunities and more love than I ever thought possible. After many life experiences motherhood has been the biggest challenge of all, but provides the sweetest rewards. Even with trials, the grass on this side of the fence is definitely greener, especially with the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an LDS family with pioneer ancestors and draw much strength from their courage and faith; however, being a member of the church hasn't always been easy for some extended family members. Even though I was raised "in the church" with incredible parents who lived the gospel, I still had to gain my own testimony of Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, the truthfulness of gospel principles and teachings, and develop a personal relationship with Christ. The guidelines the gospel offers have helped me avoid many pitfalls in life that I'm sure I would have experienced had it not been for wise council and my focus being more on spiritual things - those successes didn't happen by accident and are a direct result of learning and living what I was taught. I make plenty of mistakes and am sure I have many more ahead, but that is the beauty of the atonement and how it works for each of us individually as we are able to become more Christlike. I wouldn't want to go it alone in this life...my faith continually gives me purpose and perspective. We work hard, increase in spirituality, and do we all we can to help our families and other people, but sometimes life can feel very overwhelming in this world of distractions and addictions. The gospel of Jesus Christ provides a way to stay focused on the things that are really eternally important and behaviors and attitudes that will bring us closer to Christ in this life and in the next. My faith gives me hope and keeps me going when things get tough, especially as I rely on the Savior when I feel lonely. It strengthens me and makes me want to be a better person, to love others as Christ would and to see myself through the Savior's eyes and try harder no matter how much I fall down. Life would feel directionless without the restored gospel and prophets to help us understand how to find pure joy. I love how we are purified and strengthened as individuals and how families draw closer as we become more like our Savior.

How I live my faith

I do my best to follow the teachings of Christ and what he has revealed through His prophets. Am I anywhere close to perfection? No way, just ask my family! However, staying close to Christ through church attendance, scripture study, and personal prayer deepens my level of spirituality and continues to inspire me to be more like him. Service and a general attitude of charity towards others is one of my favorite ways to actively live and share the gospel -- there are opportunities everywhere we look. I love when people say, "There's something different about you," because it reaffirms that my desire to become more like our Savior shines in my countenance. One thing I learned as a school counselor is that everyone has a story - people need the benefit of the doubt and I always hope that my patience and kindness with others demonstrates that belief. I live my faith by following Jesus Christ's example in the way I treat others, by being forgiving, and by sharing my testimony whenever I have the opportunity. I cherish being a mother and the unique and special moments I have to quietly help my two daughters understand how to feel the spirit in their lives and how they can be an example of good to those around them. I enjoy taking advantage of those moments with friends as well...sometimes it is with humor with non-LDS friends on Facebook, many times it is through music, but most of the time it is by just living as an example of what I believe and demonstrating the love Christ has for us to others. Amidst the many trials we all experience, I am a huge believer that we are also blessed with countless tender mercies from the Lord to help us bear our burdens with patience. We all feel defeated at times, but as we grow in faith and testimony of our Savior, it is easier to pick ourselves up and find strength in him. I hope to be an example of that to those around me and pray that my testimony helps increase their faith and hope in the love Christ has for us.