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Hi I'm Lisa

I grew up in Utah, but have lived my adult life on the east or west coast of the US. I'm a mom and a chef.

About Me

I grew up in a large family and worked in the publishing industry doing everything from running the process camera to physically putting the books together. WIth a great love of the written word, I got a degree in Journalism from BYU. My husband and I moved to the Washington, D.C. area where he attended law school and I worked in advertising until our first child was born and I traded in the commute to raise a family. Four kids later, after the youngest started fourth grade. I switched gears and decided to go to culinary school and be trained as a chef. It was the hardest thing I've ever done. I thought I was pretty competent in the kitchen until that first week with working at a crack of dawn with kids only a few years older than mine in a competitive kitchen atmosphere. Now I balance grown children, a fledging personal chef business and doing computer work with a digital scrapbooking company and being a wife, daughter, sister and church member. It's a great life.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in the church, there comes a time when going through the motions of what you've always done is not enough. It has to be important enough for you to decide for yourself if you really know that there is a God and that the atonement of Jesus Christ covers your sins and shortcomings rather than being a sermon on Sunday. There are mighty stories of praying to know if this is God's church and having a deeply spiritual experience in answer to that prayer, but my conversion was much quieter and came over time as I pondered and prayed and went to church as I had always done. Looking back I see that my testimony blossomed because I kept the commandments and did the basic things of praying, reading the scriptures, going to church, and helping others. When I didn't do those basic things, then keeping the rest of commandments became a burden and I wasn't satisfied with anything in life—if I got back to those simple things then things seemed to run smoother in my life. This is the peace of the gospel. It's not a big bang or choir of angels, but being in harmony with my Heavenly Father and knowing that I am good enough, even with all my shortcomings, to feel of His love for me.

How I live my faith

I teach an early-morning bible study class to a group of teens every weekday morning. They are great youth who give me hope. Every time I hear about the world going downhill; I just remember the determination of the students in my class to get up and be at the church before 6:00 a.m. to study the scriptures rather than sleeping an extra hour before they rush off to school and the busy social obligations of teens today.