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Hi I'm LaVona Seeley Lewis

A former national marketing manager, mother of five, grandmother of seventeen. Now a Professional grandma and full-time Mormon.

About Me

I taught high school English, before the birth of my five children. I always considered myself a full-time mother, even though I worked in marketing until they were grown. As a former retention and sales manager for a Fortune 500 company, I considered my profession to be a full-time mother and grandmother. I wanted to make sure I was always there for them, no matter the sacrifice. Even though my career was demanding, I longed to devote time to each individual grandchild and to devote myself to family history work. Upon retirement, I delved into genealogy and searched for my roots. I found it to be the most rewarding work I have ever done, short of being a wife and mother. Recently I was able to spend three weeks in Europe tracing family lines through Denmark, Norway and Sweden. What a remarkable experience to learn who I am, based on who my ancestors were. Miracles happened as we searched through villages, parishes and histories of our family. Recently, my husband and I were called on a Family History Mission to Jakarta, Indonesia. We are thrilled to be able to assist others in tracing their roots and branches. I know family history work is some of the most important work we can do in this lifetime. I look forward to assisting others in this glorious work.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because my parents were Mormons, and their parents were Mormons. I say that with pride as I recently returned from tracing the steps of my ancestors in foreign countries who gave up their homelands, their property, their livelyhoods to become Mormons. I am so proud of them and their desire to follow a living prophet after they gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I am a very independent person, and just because I was born into this church, doesn't make me believe in it. I am a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon and know it is true. I have followed the standards set by this church and they make me a better person with greater freedom and greater appreciation of all the blessing I receive. By freedom I mean freedom from addictive habits. Many family members and friends have not followed the standards of the Mormon church, and have struggled with addictions. I am so grateful for the Prophet Joseph Smith and for the inspiration he received to write the "Word of Wisdom". I am a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true. I have read it and re-read it and know it truly compliments the Bible and increases my testimony of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I love my Savior and learn more of Him by studying the Book of Mormon, by listening to our living Prophet, Pres. Thomas S. Monson, and by attending meetings with other members of my faith. I am a Mormon because by being a Mormon I find extreme happiness in my life and the lives of my extended family. I am a Mormon, my forefathers were Mormons and I sincerely pray my grandchildren will all be Mormons. I know that by following the principles and doctrines in the Mormon church, one can truly find God and the personal happiness that knowledge can bring.

How I live my faith

I strive to be a good example first to my own children and grandchildren and then to friends and family. I strive to live with no regrets. In other words, I strive to always do what is right, at the right time and for the right reason. It isn't always easy and I make lots of mistakes, but the key is I really try. I love working with the youth and have taught youth for over 40 years. I especially enjoyed teaching high school seniors in Sunday School and adults in Gospel Doctrine. Recently my husband and I were released as ordinance workers in the Bountiful Temple. We worked every Tuesday evening for over two years assisting patrons who attend this beautiful temple. My husband and I also work in our church as Family History Consultants. In that position, we teach classes on Sunday and invite ourselves to help anyone with their family history research. We love serving in Family History and are continuously amazed at all the resources the LDS church offers to members and non-members alike through "FamilySearch.org". This free, web based Wiki based program is used around the world to link families together. It is such a privilege to belong to a church that shares their assets with the world. Perhaps one of the most rewarding callings I ever have is that of Visiting Teacher. I have had the same companion for over ten years and treasure our partnership. We have loved going into the homes of neighbors and friends and assisting them with concerns in their life or celebrating memorable occasions with them and their families. It has been a privilege once a month to check on my friends and neighbors and report any needs to our supervisors. By serving, I have also gained eternal friends. I think this program in the church. Imagine if every woman in the world had someone check on them once a month because they sincerely wanted to make sure their needs were being met. This is truly an inspired program that could change the world.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

LaVona Seeley Lewis
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is so simple and yet so complex I can't fully comprehend the magnitude of his great sacrifice. I can, however, understand the need for an atonement in behalf of me and all mankind. It's simple: I know I can't return to my Father in Heaven unless a payment was made to fulfill the laws of justice. Our God is a fair and just God. That's simple. I have to recognize Christ's gift of "atoning" for my sins or making an "at one ment" (payment) was for what I and others have done. It is impossible to return to our Heavenly Father, unless we are free of sin. It is complex in that like the very gift of life itself, I will not fully understand how he was able to make this great sacrifice. I don't even try to understand how he did. I just know he did. And I know his atonement makes it possible for all of us to enter back into God's presence. We are told in Luke 14:6 "No man cometh unto the Father, except by me." We go through Jesus Christ because we must accept him, recognize his sacrifice and role in redeeming all of mankind, and worship Him by keeping his commandments in order to make his sacrifice effective in our lives. He paid the price for all of us. I will be eternally grateful to Him and to my Father in Heaven for this great gift because no one of us is perfect. It is impossible. I can only strive each day to be more like Him and show gratitude to Him by recognizing what he did for me. Show more Show less