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Hi I'm Lissy

I love to paint, read and served a mission in Florida Ft. Lauderdale. Going to school to become an Art Teacher and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Most people think I'm one of your "run o' the mill" Utah Mormons, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. I may have grown up in Utah, but I was born in Wyoming and lived in a Florida for a few years as a little kid. My parents have lived in different places and have always taught us to be friends with everyone, not just people of our religion. I've always loved being around people from other faiths and learning what they believe in. Ever since I was little I wanted to serve a mission. It was just kind of one of this things I didn't have to think twice about. So, when I got to college I planned all of my classes out so that I would be ready serve by the time I was 21, which was the age I could go at. Not everything worked out according to plan, but with an amazingly supportive family and good friends, I was able to make it there. Serving a mission is to date the most important thing I have ever done with my life. My life was changed and I had the opportunity to really gain my testimony - to test it and to prove it. Every day I am home I think of those people and the lessons I have learned and I hope that each day to come it will continue to change me. One of my greatest passions in life is painting. I have a degree in Illustration and I'm going back to school to become an Art Teacher. I couldn't be happier. I am also an avid reader and you can almost always find in the mist of a good book. The Gospel blesses my life and I'm so happy to be a member of Christ's church.

Why I am a Mormon

My family (on both my Mom and Dad's side) have been a part of the church for at least 100 years. It's true that we are born into the faith of our fathers. But I also believe that we have to chose for ourselves. Growing up I never questioned it, but as I got older there were suddenly more ideas and philosophies. I began to question if what I knew was truth. I didn't act though. I didn't do anything to find out. I wanted to serve a mission because I knew it was a good thing to do. I worked hard to meet the requirements and then when I was in the Missionary Training Center, getting ready to go serve the people in South Florida, I realized my testimony was very lacking. I prayed harder than I ever had before. I wanted to know. A few days later I was watching the video: "Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration." Never before had the Spirit touched my heart so strongly. There was no denying in my mind at that moment that Joseph Smith did indeed see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I understand completely that the Book of Mormon was given to us as another Divine Witness of our Savior and that it was scripture for our time. Those times on my mission when people would challenge the validity of my faith, I would always think back to that moment the Spirit testified to me, and I knew that I could not waiver. I received a true witness that this IS God's church. I am a Mormon because I know that this is the complete way to salvation and to returning home to my Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

Faith is just a state of mind, it is an Action! I have learned through experience that to have true Faith in Christ, you have to actually be doing what He taught! It is daily striving to become better and more like Him. You don't have to be perfect, but you have to be trying. I live my faith by being of service. I love to help people, be it a kind word and watching someone's kids. I learned on my mission the joys that come when you serve other people. "...When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." - Mosiah 2:17 I know I'm not perfect, but I know that because of Jesus Christ I can become better. I may make mistakes, but I don't have to keep making them. Through daily prayer and scripture study, I am taught by the Spirit the things that will help me to be better. I am given real and living guidance that helps me to make the tough decisions in my life. I follow the living Prophet to understand how to overcome temptations in these days. I got to church and participate to learn how to be an active member of the living Gospel. I spend time with my family because those relations don't just last here but in the eternities. I try to be a good example to them and to help them. I want them to strive to a righteous life and I dedicate my time helping them move that direction. I try to be a good example to my friends and answer questions others may have of my faith. There are many different ways, but if it's good that's how I live my faith.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Lissy
We proselyte because we believe that the message we have to share is true, and that it is for the world, not just a select few. It's the best way to get out and to get the message out. I proselyte because I love the people. I know that they are my brothers and sisters and they need this. I don't do it because I want to force this on others. But because I honestly believe that as the Bible says, these things need to be preached to all people and all nations. Because God loves everyone, and everyone needs to know. Show more Show less