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Hi I'm Lisa

I'm a mother, a former math teacher, and a doctor's wife. I love to travel, read, eat and be outside. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love family. My greatest joys in life come from being a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a sister. I had a wonderful childhood in Reno and Las Vegas, NV. I grew up in a large family with four brothers, one sister and tons of cousins. I moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University where I earned a degree in mathematics education with minors in History and Business Management. My husband and I met in a skiing class just before we both graduated from BYU. I taught high school math for one year before our daughter was born. I now teach part-time at an online school. It is a blessing to be able to stay home with our daughter and support our family while my husband finishes medical school. We live in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City and I love being a downtown mom. My days are filled with walks to the park, the library temple square, or the mall. In college I spent semesters in Hawaii, France and Israel, and I have been blessed to travel with my family to many parts of the world. I love experiencing different cultures and learning about people. I think these experiences prepared me to meet my husband, who is from Portugal, grew up throughout Europe, began University in England and served a mission in Japan. When I have free time I love to read, take online courses, and play racquetball or tennis. I am also trying to learn Portuguese and to re-learn how to play the piano.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith, just as Christ taught it when he was on the Earth. Truths that were lost with the death of the Apostles have been revealed again, in God's way--through a prophet. I feel peace and great happiness as I partake of the truth. When I live the gospel, I am happy. When I don't, I am not. I have felt the Holy Ghost testify to me many times throughout my life that this gospel is true, that there is a living prophet on the earth again, and that God loves me and will always answer my prayers. I would be a Mormon even if I were completely alone, because I know that the gospel is true and I know that truth brings happiness. However, it is wonderful that I'm not alone. My husband and I will move next summer for his medical residency, likely to a place far away from our family and friends. But we know that wherever we go, there will be people waiting to help unload our truck--members of the local congregation who we have never met but who will soon become our friends and our church family.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a place where we can show our love for God by loving and serving each other.

How I live my faith

My daughter is my greatest reminder of what I believe and what is important in life. I want to raise her in a way that she knows Jesus Christ and has the faith to carry her through whatever life will hold for her. Everyday I think about what I truly believe, and what I want to teach her. I want her to know that the scriptures are important to me. I want her to know that prayer is important me. I want her to know that I believe that our family is sealed together forever because of the covenants that I made with the Lord and with her dad in the holy temple. I want her to know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real. And so I try (imperfectly most of the time) to impart these things to her. She is only 15 months old, but she can point to a picture of Jesus and she loves to fold her arms to pray-- we have about 10 prayers during every meal! I did not teach her this explicitly, she just saw my husband and me praying and she felt that it was important. I believe in being happy and looking outside myself. Sometimes that is not natural for me, but Christ was always looking outward and lifting others. I do not believe he wants us to be isolated from each other in this life. Because I live in downtown Salt Lake City, many visitors come everyday wanting to get a glimpse of what the Mormons are like. I feel that it is my responsibility to represent the entire church, and Jesus Christ who is the head of the church, to those who are seeking to see and feel what we believe. In my short encounters with these people, I want them to see that Mormons are happy, that we are faithful, and that we love people. I smile and say hello to everyone I see. I often walk the long way home so I can talk with a new friend I met on the street or walk them to the store or restaurant they are looking for. Being a Christian means doing little things and paying attention to small details and lowly people as Jesus would. I pray for opportunities to see and feel the way that He does.