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Hi I'm Lisa

By passion and profession, I am a teacher. By desire and opportunity, a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Presently, I'm enjoying my time living in Southern Utah as a retired teacher and visiting four children and their families who live in other states - Texas, Washington, and Colorado. I love spending time with our 10 grandchildren - lots of fun adventures. Our youngest child just turned 18, and is living at home, so we are not truly empty-nesters yet. My interests include reading, movies (very selectively), nature walks, cooking, entertaining, community events, keeping current on news/politics, traveling, writing, and visiting historical/cultural sights. We are busily preparing to serve a mission for the Church in Auckland, New Zealand, helping LDS missionaries in the Pacific Area stay healthy and be successful on their missions. We are very much looking forward to this new adventure and hope we are up to the task.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my childhood years were spent in an LDS home, where I learned the gospel of Jesus Christ and where our family tried to follow the commandments of God and the doctrines of His Church, it was necessary for me to experience a conversion for myself. When I was 13 years old, I seriously wanted to know if Jesus had restored His church, through Joseph Smith, as I had been taught. The appearance of both God the Father, and Jesus Christ, the Son, to Joseph Smith in 1820, was a dramatic event indeed. This was the focus of my thoughts for many days and my prayer one night. It was answered immediately. I felt an indescribable sensation of warmth, peace, and love, accompanied by a clear thought that this event happened, and that this was God's work. That was an important truth for me to know, and it was knowledge personally delivered to me, through the Holy Ghost. That experience anchored my spiritual life, gave me confidence in my life's path, and increased my faith. Since that time many years ago, I have had many other spiritual experiences re-affirming the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as the Lord's divine work on earth. I am a Mormon because of this knowledge and because membership in His Church allows me to have the rich spiritual life I desire, to know His plan, and to know His will for me. This is a blessing beyond my capacity to articulate, but I am grateful for it every day.

How I live my faith

In recent years, I worked at one of the local high schools helping At-Risk students to progress in their coursework and to develop strong organizational and study skills. I especially enjoyed helping them with writing assignments since my career was spent as an English teacher. I also taught in the women's program of the Church, teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ as well as practical life-skills. Many of my cherished friends have come into my life through the visiting teaching program of the Church. After being assigned to minister to two or three other women in our congregation, I shared a monthly spiritual message from the scriptures and then offered to serve/assist them in whatever their needs might be. Sometimes the needs were few and the service minimal, but occasionally someone would need assistance that I could address effectively. But the need for concern, love, and an offer of friendship is universal and was readily accepted. Bonds of friendship and love developed, to the benefit of all. This program is a loving God's inspiration. Now, I serve in the Saint George Temple two days a week as an ordinance worker. It is a privilege to participate in the holy work that takes place there, which blesses all those who attend.