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Hi I'm Lisa Raymond

I love Disney and Chocolate. I've been stung by a jellyfish. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently going to college and adjusting to living on my own, though I totally love it. College is what I imagined, but also very different. I'm glad I have the opportunity though to gain a higher eduation. I grew up with all girls and we're best friends now. I also recently became an aunt and I just glow everytime I think about it. I also love to read, write stories, and play games with my family. I participate in theatre - so I love to sing and dance - and I love Shakespeare.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon and I never really questioned my religion. When I was about 14 years old, I began to realize that relying on my parent's testimony of the gospel was no longer enough. I needed to know for myself and gain my own knowledge of Christ. I knew that lots of people believe that Mormons blindly follow what they've been taught, and I didn't want to do that. For almost a year I prayed dilgently, read my scriptures, and fully participated in the church to find out for myself. In my freshman year I began to attend Seminary, a place where the youth gather to learn more about the gospel. Seminary taught me to love the gospel on my own and affirmed that I truly did have a knowledge that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints is the true church. As time passed, I slowly but surely began to see that I truly did know I belonged to the true church of God. I knew that Joseph Smith had restored the gospel to the earth and recieved Priesthood keys. I knew that Christ had lived and died for me. More than anything, my knowledge of my Savior has converted me once and for all to this church. I'm a Mormon because I can't deny Jesus Christ and his gospel; I can't deny the overwhelming feeling of warmth and happiness this gospel brings to my life.

How I live my faith

Having recently graduated, I'm excited to really start getting involved in church callings. My most current calling doesn't have an official name, but I go to a local hospital where I help serve and participate in church meetings with those who are unable to attend on Sundays. I'm so excited to serve in this way and I know these experiences will help me grow; I only hope I can make the kind of difference to those I serve, that they make on me.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Lisa Raymond
Everywhere I look and everything I see in life tells me that God exists. Perhaps more than anything though, when I look at my little baby nephew I can't deny God's existance. How else could something so precious and unique come together? His tiny toes and fingers and nose and ears prove to me that a loving God exists. When I was younger, I did wonder why good things happened to bad people. I know for many people this thought prevents their belief in God. But we were sent to this earth to learn and grow. God wants us to be better and return to him and we do this throgh overcoming trials and hard times. Not only that, but God will never force us to do anything. Therefore, we are affected by others' bad decisions. I know God exists because my life is filled with so many tender mercies and "coincidences" that prove that God loves me. Look around at the beauty surrounding us and take a moment to feel and hear God in the world around us. He's there. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Lisa Raymond
Mormons absolutely do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God the Eternal Father and his son Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon because Mormons believe that any successful life is founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We believe that after Christ's death, he gave authority to his apostles to continue spreading the gospel through the power of the priesthood. However, through the apostles' deaths and corruption, Christ's teaching were broken apart into different religions and the power of the priesthood was lost. Joseph Smith Jr. grew up in the early 1800's - a time when many different churches were trying to concinve people to join their church. But he didn't know which church to join. So he read the bible and decided to pray. When he went out into the woods to pray, he recieved a divine visitation from two separate beings - God and Jesus Christ. They told him that the church Christ had established had been broken apart since his death. Joseph Smith would be the one to restore Christ's church to the earth with the restored priesthood power. Joseph Smith did all of this under the guidance of Jesus Christ. Mormons revere and love Joseph Smith, but we feel this way because he reestablished Christ's church and taught us to to come unto Christ. Show more Show less