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Hi I'm Lisa

I am from sunny, San Diego. I am a wife, an outgoing Italian, a cupcake lover, and a convert.

About Me

I love being with people. My favorite job so far has been working on Capitol Hill. I enjoy politics and a good, healthy debate. I am married to a wonderful guy who is a soon-to-be architect and we're expecting our first child this year. We're very excited. I love to tour Washington, D.C., travel, read, bake, shop and meet new people.

Why I am a Mormon

Six years ago, at age 24, I was church shopping. I wanted to find the right church to join. I was very thorough in my search and visited the Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, Calvary Chapel, a Jewish synagogue and a Muslim mosque. I grew up as a Christian Scientist. I knew that Jesus Christ was my Savior. I prayerfully attended each church and none of them felt right, nor did I agree with some of their individual teachings, specifically in reference to the idea of the Trinity. My inner core and feelings told me that God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit were not the same being. All three are separate beings with one purpose. I learned that a co-worker was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I realized that I had not attended this church yet. I began to attend the Latter-day saint church services and began to read the Book of Mormon. I learned about the church's doctrine and received answers to all of my questions: Why am I here? Where did I live pre-mortally and where am I going after this life? The Spirit spoke peace to me when I received these answers. I met with the missionaries for seven months. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was a true testament of Jesus Christ visiting the people of the Americas. I received a strong "yes" in my mind and a warm feeling in my heart. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored church of Jesus Christ in these latter days. I have no doubt that I made the right decision, even among the persecution I received from some family and friends. Once I knew the truth, I wasn't going to turn my back on it. My life these past six years has been very fulfilling and I know that my Heavenly Father is mindful of me at all times. I am blessed to have been married in the temple and for the opportunity I have to live in a period of time when the full gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth.

How I live my faith

At church, I have a calling (an opportunity to volunteer my time) to help with activities that relate to our women's organization, called the Relief Society. In addition, I have the opportunity to visit three great women on a monthly basis. As their Visiting Teacher, I share a spiritual message or find out if there is anything I can do to serve them or if they have any needs I can assist with. Ultimately, this role allows me to serve others and develop friendships.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

As a woman and a relatively new convert (6 years), I have been very observant of women in the Latter-day saint church. Most of the Mormon women I have met and have developed friendships with, are some of the most dynamic, kind, fun, loving and charitable women. Some have large families and some do not. Some are working professionals and some are stay at home mothers. Each of them care about their personal, spiritual growth, as well as the well-being of their family and community. I'm not surprised that a large percentage of women who get "Mother of the Year" are members of the Latter-day Saint Church. Women and men are equal partners in marriage and in raising their children. As a woman in the Latter-day Saint Church, I feel completely respected and regarded as an equal to the male members of the church. Show more Show less