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Hi I'm Lisa

I grew up in a family of 11 kids. Now I have 7 of my own. I love to sing, sew, & cook. ...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

All I ever wanted to be was a Mom. Some day I'll go to college. I know that. But these days are spent doing things that many would find mundane or even unimportant. Believe it or not, my happiest days are the days when I am doing laundry, spending time with my kids or cooking dinner. My off days are when those things get lost. My greatest joys come from the times when I am with my husband, cuddling my sweet baby, reading with my boys or talking with my girls. I have hobbies. I love to sing. I wanted to sing on Broadway and even went to the city and got a number to audition for Les Mis. I ended up missing my time and so I never pursued that dream except to do a little local theater. I know that God gave me a gift and most of all these days I love to sing in ways that will bring Him glory. I love to sew & decorate & create pretty things. I love pretty things. I love to cook...especially baking. Very vivid are the sights & smells of coming home as a child to a warm batch of cookies & to my Mom. I loved that she was always home...waiting for us. One of the things that has made me who I am is growing up in a large family. It forces you forget yourself and sacrifice. We were poor but we were happy. When I was 9, I was in a car accident with several siblings that took the life of one of my older brothers. He looked like me with dark hair, eyes, and freckles. We miss him. But Bruce being on the other side makes the 'other side' seem more real. So I'm even thankful for that in a way.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess you could say that I'm a Mormon because my folks were. And their folks were too. My ancestors mostly came from England a few generations back. They had joined the church and wanted to go where more of the church members lived. My parents were very active in our church from the time I was born. My father served as a bishop a couple of times and my mother was constantly visiting teaching and serving in leadership positions within the church. I remember reading scriptures, having family home evening, praying together always. I remember my parents serving and sacrificing and going to the temple on temple trips. I was baptized when I was 8 years old. I was so excited as my 7 older siblings had previously been baptized. As I grew into adolescence my testimony of Christ's gospel was strengthened by my family, by good friends, and by wonderful youth leaders. I have had a happy life with not too many dumb mistakes and this is because I was taught correct principles. As I have a family of my own now, I feel like my tests of faith have really begun. I have worried and prayed over my children, about employment struggles. It is now that my faith in God has been stretched and questioned and tested. I continue to live the Gospel and to stay true to the standards of the church because it is the only way I am happy. When I become casual and let the little things go...like praying diligently and fervently and regularly, like studying my scriptures, and truly having an active relationship with God and Jesus Christ....THAT is when I am miserable and confused. My fears and anxieties overtake me and the stress of my life overwhelms me. The only way I can find joy in life is by serving others and staying close to my Savior. I know God lives and loves me. I know I can be with my family eternally. I know that this life isn't the end. I truly don't know what I would do without this knowledge. It is everything.

How I live my faith

Besides serving my family, I serve within my church. I have a testimony that we are all children of God and we need to do His work and help His children. I serve in the Primary in my ward. That is the children's organization. It is my favorite. We talk about Jesus Christ. We study the scriptures. We talk about being kind. About serving each other. We talk what's right and what's wrong and about the things that will bring us the most joy in this life. I teach little lessons when the kids are all assembled together. We sing songs. Oh how I love it in there! I also serve as a visiting teacher. I have a good friend who is my partner. We've been partners for 10+ years and we are assigned to two women within our ward. We look out for them, visit them, call them. Basically we feel a special love and stewardship for these women. They have both been through some very difficult times recently and so cookies and visits have been especially important.