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Hi I'm Lisa

I'm a returned missionary, a small town girl, an English major, a daughter, sister and aunt, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was homeschooled as a child. The world was my classroom. I snuggled down with books on a couch, or as often as not, in the backseat of our van, traveling from one end of the US to the other. Peter Pan and Harry Potter, Alma the Younger and Sherlock Holmes, Harriet the Spy and Hercules were my companions. I was a child of old fashioned vocabulary and vast imagination. Now, I'm 22, and just finished serving a full time volunteer mission for the church in Minnesota, amongst the best people in the world! I was privileged to spend a year and a half helping other people to come to know Christ as I am continually seeking to do. Now I'm back to being a full time aunt to the coolest nieces and nephews, daughter to the best parents, and sister to the greatest siblings in the world. And this fall, I'll be back in school at BYU-Idaho, working on my degree as an English major, writing stories and trying to make the world a little better place in which to live.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS faith. My family, for two generations or more, have been Mormon. I was raised on bed time stories from both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Sundays were spent in church and watching Scripture Stories. I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover on my own for the first time when I was twelve, and prayed to know if it was true. I felt then, and have felt every time I've read and prayed about the Book of Mormon since then, that it is an inspired work of God. There have been periods in my life where I've felt doubts about the church; times when I worried if my faith was sincere or the product of my upbringing and the expectations of my family. I've learned through these times of doubt that conversion is not a one time experience. Through continuous prayer, searching the scriptures and attending my church meetings, I have been able to refine and strengthen my personal foundation of faith. I know that there is a God in heaven. I know that we are His spirit children, and that He loves us. I know He sent His Son, through whom we can return to Him. I know that Jesus suffered, died and rose again for everyone who has ever lived or will ever live on this earth, collectively and so very personally and individually. I know that God has chosen and spoken to prophets throughout history in order to declare His gospel to the world, even in our day. God is not silent, and His miracles have not ceased. I love Him, and I am so glad I get to do His work, to share His gospel with the people of Minnesota!

How I live my faith

It's odd because, for the last year and a half, all I ate, breathed, slept, talked about and lived was my faith! Now I'm striving to continue making every part of my life a reflection of my faith. Really, though, it comes back to some basics. I make time for studying scriptures and other inspirational works daily. I try to have meaningful conversations (via prayer) with my Father in Heaven every day. I go to church and renew my covenants, and then try to live up to them by remembering and trying to emulate my Savior in all my choices.