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Hi I'm Lisa

I grew up in California. I'm a freelance editor and want to be a YA writer. I also knit, crochet, & bookbind. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a half-Japanese California girl who grew up learning to love reading and knowledge. I have had a lifelong love affair with literature, starting from before I could fully read myself, and I decided at the age of twelve that I was going to be a writer. I'm still working down that road, but I get closer to it every day. I never had many LDS friends growing up—there were only a handful of LDS members in my high school—and the friends that I did have were very liberal in comparison to me, but they were truly open minded—they accepted me for my beliefs, no matter what they were. I didn't realize then how blessed I was to have friends who supported their "little Molly Mormon," but I do now. I went to school at the College of Creative Studies in UC Santa Barbara, a tiny, liberal arts school in the heart of the UCSB campus. I studied Literature with an emphasis on creative writing and poetry. Right now I'm a freelance editor and writer, married for about a year, still working on finishing that novel (so many ideas!). I'm also a knitter (picked up in college), crocheter (picked up to supplement knitting addiction!), and professional bookbinder (well... ish).

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church. My parents were married in the Los Angeles temple in 1976, and I was raised with the Gospel. I've never doubted the Church was true. I've never doubted that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he spoke with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, or that the Book of Mormon was the word of God. I've never doubted—but that doesn't mean I haven't asked, only that when I did ask Heavenly Father whether the Church was true, the answer I received was, "You already know that it is." From the time I was young, I liked to surround myself with people who were smarter than I was, people who asked questions and analyzed things, and so I have always done the same in my own life. What I love about this Gospel is that we are constantly encouraged to ask things for ourselves, ask ourselves whether a doctrine seems right or seems to be of God. I continue to align myself with the doctrines of this Church and to have faith in its leaders because the Gospel simply makes sense. It is the same church that Christ established on the earth in his own time. It is the same Gospel that has been proclaimed throughout the Bible, throughout the world. What more we have, we have to clarify and to recover lost truths.

How I live my faith

I love going to Church. This hasn't always been true in my life—I went through a stage in high school and college where I felt really out of place with the kids my age, and so going to church could be really difficult for me. Eventually I decided to do my best to open myself up to others, rather than wait for them to open up to me, not so easy for an introvert, but definitely rewarding. That said, a lot of my life has been lived very "in the world and not of the world." I have never tried to hide my faith or my beliefs, but I've always had good friends who didn't share them, so I've tried to be as honest with them about who I am and what I do believe. I try to be as active as I can in church. I like to volunteer for service projects and work with our women's organization, and right now I'm writing letters to less active members to let them know that they haven't been forgotten about just because they haven't been showing up on Sundays. I know from personal experience that that doesn't always mean you don't care about the Church or that you've stopped believing, but it's easy to think you're forgotten if no one's reaching out, so I try to reach out.