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Hi I'm Lita

I am a Wife, a Mom and a Mumsie. I love San Francisco Giants Baseball, movies, travel, service and CHOCOLATE. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

This California girl was born in San Francisco, adopted and raised in an Italian atmosphere of laughter, food, music and See's Candy. I married my high school sweetheart, (I still call him my boyfriend) and we raised a family of 5 great, talented, busy kiddos. I love all things California, especially The City and the San Francisco Giants. We moved to Utah a few years ago to a little mountain community, and the people of Utah are some of the kindest, gracious and most generous I have met! I love being a wife, a mom, and "Mumsie" to our grandchildren. I love the Lord, my family, Giants baseball, and chocolate. I enjoy dining out, reading, theater, and movies. I think "popcorn dinner" is a real thing. We have been blessed with the desire, ability and means to travel at this time in our lives, and so we do! Empty nesting has become an adventure filled with romance and laughter, and family and service. We travel to Ethiopia and have been able to work with people from various faiths to promote health, hard work, independence, self-reliance, and service to others in rural villages. I have learned gratitude, graciousness, sacrifice and generosity from our humble Ethiopian brothers and sisters. I think travel is such a great way to learn from one another, learn of cultures and beliefs. I find that we are so much more alike than we are different. Most parents, worldwide, find joy in family; want a safe and bright future for their children, no matter their circumstances.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Mormon church when I was eighteen years old. I had been exposed to the Church on more than a few occasions growing up, but never seriously considered joining. I had the faith of my family and that seemed good enough. Until it wasn't. And I started to really understand the restored gospel; I love knowing that the church Christ instituted when he was on earth is here today. I love knowing through proper ordinance and covenants, love can transcend time and be forever. I attended a meeting that outlined many different faiths. I was convinced that our Savior's church would be set up as in His day, with apostles and prophets. Sister missionaries introduced me to the Book of Mormon. I loved learning about personal revelation. Learning that the Godhead consisted of three distinct personages made me happy. I could never envision a God that was everywhere, yet could fit on the head of a pin. I learned we lived a pre mortal, spiritual, existence. Yes! We have come to earth for a purpose, there is a divine plan. He knows me by name. He loves me. He wants me to return to a Heavenly home. He will answer my prayers. He did. I decided to be baptized, against my family's wishes and with the understanding I would be dead to them from that day forward. Pretty harsh reality for a teenager. The funny thing was, my intentions were to introduce my boyfriend to my Catholic faith by attending weekly adult Catechism classes at my parish with him. After attending the classes I was devastated to realize if I wanted to get serious about spiritual matters, my journey was going to take me away from the faith of my family to look elsewhere, which is how I found myself at that meeting. I must add that my very respectful boyfriend never once criticized my Catholic faith. And that because I never waivered, my parents' hearts' softened over time. I look forward to serving as a full time missionary with my hubby and sharing my love of Christ with others.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to be friendly, kind, thoughtful, helpful and positive each day. I live my faith by seeking to serve others. Sometimes I live my faith by what I don't do...Like not exhibiting road rage in crazy traffic or holding my tongue when a sarcastic remark is dying to make its way out of my mouth! I mean, real life presents challenges small and big, and I am far from perfect. We had a few close calls with cancer recently. I lived my faith praying for understanding God's will in that; Coming to terms with what our time on earth really means. That families can be together forever, the the veil between this world and the next is thin. I grew quite close to Heavenly Father, and our savior Jesus Christ, because of prayer. I even went so far as to ask to take the burden of cancer from my loved one. I meant it. I was at peace. The results came in and all was good. Two months later it was me going in for a diagnostic procedure. You know what? I was perfectly calm with whatever the outcome would be. I have faith that He knows what is best for me, what will teach and refine me and help me to return to Him. Once again, I celebrated the beauty of the word "Benign." We have had the opportunity to travel to other countries to do humanitarian work; we strive to get to know and love our neighbors and to support local volunteer efforts that provide help for the poor, needy and homeless. I strive to learn daily, through prayer, scripture study and the words of modern day prophets. I am not perfect in this either, so I am appreciative of a loving Father in Heaven that forgives me of my shortcomings yet strengthens me to try each day to be and do better. Our church has a lay ministry so everyone has an opportunity to serve one another. I have been able to work with children, youth and adults as teacher, advisor or within leadership positions that help administer the programs. I am grateful to be part of the Mormon Church.