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Hi I'm Lisa

I grew up in Oregon, but now live in Maryland. I have MS (multiple sclerosis). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I transcribe Social Security hearings. I am married and have two children. I found out I had MS after my first big exacerbation (attack) a couple of weeks after my first child was born 28 years ago, so I've been living with it for a while. I have had several exacerbations and different symptoms over the years. I now walk with a cane (or wheelchair if it's a longer distance), but medicine has greatly helped me. My husband is very helpful and supportive. He does the driving, grocery shopping, and many chores in the home. My children are grown and both are married in the temple, though we've had our rocky times. My daughter graduated from BYU-Idaho. My son started out at BYU, and is now at ASU because his wife had a good job near Phoenix. I transcribe Social Security Disability hearings, and have been doing that for over 15 years, which is kind of ironic because I am now on Social Security Disability. I enjoy music, and I dabble in the piano and singing. I also enjoy cross-stitching, but I haven't done that for a couple of years, after I finished a big project. Because of my MS, I often (okay, usually) have some degree of brain fog, which is often frustrating because I used to be a good student and was normally a clear thinker. My husband is self-employed and publishes a local advertising magazine, and I help to make phone calls and write stories for that.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church 50 years ago, but the reason I still have a testimony today is because of the doctrine. It makes sense, and it gives me a reason to be the best person I can be. Because of the gospel, I know that God is my Heavenly Father, and I know he loves me and wants me to come back to Him. It also makes sense that we go through hard things in life. He send us to Earth to test us to see if we would be faithful, and to help us to grow. Whether we learn from our afflictions and become better people because of them is up to us, but that's what they're there for. It's because He loves us and wants us to progress to become more as He is, not because he doesn't care about us. He is always there for us if we let Him be, and if we will see the blessings and the help that He gives us. Because He loves us, he sent his Son into the world to redeem all of us. Jesus Christ gave us the perfect example of how to live our lives, what our attitude should be, and how to truly be devoted to Heavenly Father. He performed the Atonement because of the love He had for His Father and for us. He knew that was the only way that we imperfect creatures could come back to Heavenly Father after this life and progress to be the people we have the potential to be. Because we are children of God, we have the ability to do great things if we draw upon the power of the atonement, which not only allows our sins to be forgiven if we repent, but also can strengthen us and magnify our efforts. Because of Him, I can be resurrected with a perfect body, without disease. That promise is given to all. But I need to choose to keep the commandments, be a good person, and rely on the merits of Him who is mighty to save in order to be saved spiritually and become what I was meant to be. The only limit on what I can become depends on my own choices and my willingness to do good. This is the heart of the gospel, and of this I testify.

How I live my faith

In our church, we have a program where all women who want to participate are assigned two other women who contact them, share a message, and watch after them. These are called visiting teachers. I am in charge of keeping track of the contacts that were done each month and the well-being of each woman as assessed by her visiting teachers. I have served in many capacities through the years involving music, teaching, and presidency of the children's and women's organization. I have also been in different areas through my life. It's really nice that wherever I go, I know there will be a church where I am going with members that will befriend, and help, and include me.