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Hi I'm Lisa

Born in Las Vegas, I am a mother of 7, wife of 24 years, student, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

My interests are my family first, serving the Lord through my callings and serving my fellowmen. My children range from 22 years old to 10, seven in all. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Italy and want to visit again sometime, so I am bicycling and swimming to get in shape to go back and see the country, the people and research family history. My husband and I were married after knowing each other only 6 weeks and we are very happy after 24 years. I am enrolled in College after over 25 years to finish my degree in communication. I love Indexing and I love to teach.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that had been Mormons for many generations. Even back to the beginning of the early time of the restoration of the Church on the earth. (the early 1800's). Even so, this heritage and early exposure to the church, as wonderful as it is, is not the main reason I am a Mormon. I am thankful that at the age of 8 I was blessed with the Gift of the Holy Ghost to guide me and I tried very hard to listen and follow the counsel given for my choices. I still made many mistakes and had no self esteem, I was often miserable. However, At the age of 21, while serving a mission for the Lord in Italy, I recieved a personal witness of my Savior, his love for me and a confirmation of the truth taught within this Church. It is truly the Church of Jesus Christ on the Earth today. After a very tumultuous day I knelt in prayer in complete desperation and confusion. I questioned serving a mission, and even my very purpose for living. As an answer to my prayer, my Savior reached out his arms and embraced me, just as a parent would embrace a child in pain, and in this embrace I could feel his love, and his tears for me. He told me that I was in the right place, at the right time and doing his work. He comforted me and took my pain and anguish immediately from me and held me close. It was an event that changed my life, helped me know that I was a daughter of God, and that I was loved. Despite a strong family heritage in the gospel, basic obedience and baptism, (as much as all of these things helped), I still needed to be taught by the Spirit of the Lord and converted to Him, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am a daughter of God, divinely appointed to share this and other gospel truths to any and all who would listen, those who are seeking, needing to know of their divinity. We are here for a purpose and our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us and are here to help us. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I read the scriptures, pray in my family, with my husband, and individually and fill my heart with the Lord, I also record my thoughts, feelings and insights in my journals. In our home, we share these prayers, teaching those who visit how to pray, pray for others and focus on Christ in our words and deeds. Our home is often the gathering place for members and non-members alike. All are welcome. We share our food, our clothes, our lives and the gospel through our example and answering questions of those who visit. I work in the Indexing program as a Stake Assistant Indexing Director. I also am an active Indexer and Arbitrator in this program and assist in translating names and dates from various records so this information can be made available for no charge to those seeking their ancestors. I am a mother of 7 children and they are always sharing the gospel and opening our home to all of their friends. We encourage them to invite their friends to activities and to read the Book of Mormon. Our family often selects a family or cause each summer when there is no school and we do acts of service. Anything from helping clean out anothers garage, home, fixing up or lawn mowing for others, etc.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Lisa
Our Father in Heaven is just that, our Heavenly Father. Like any father here on earth, he leads and guides us. One of the ways he does this is through his son Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ lived on earth and showed us a better way to live through his actions, and words. We can learn about Jesus Christ and who he is and why he chose to become our example, through the scriptures. The more we read the scriptures, the more we get to know our Father in Heaven because He and Jesus Christ are so very similar and have the same purpose: to help us return to live with them for all eternity. We also need to apply the teachings and examples found in the scriptures into our own lives thus truly trying to become more like our Savior. As we try to become like Him, we begin to know him more. And third, we need to build a relationship with him through prayer. We have a wonderful gift to be able to talk to our Father in Heaven. We can seek comfort, guidance, knowledge or even vent about our day and He will always be there to talk with us, (if we listen). Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Lisa
The word "testimony" itself means to witness. At baptism one of the things we choose to do is to "stand as a witness of Christ, in all things and in all places." A "testimony" of Jesus Christ is our witness of his divinity as the Son of God, as our Savior and Redeemer and our mediator with God. Without his sacrafice we call the atonement, we are lost in our sins and cannot find our way back into God's presence. A "testimony" can be gained of any eternal truth or principle. This witness can be of the blessings of tithing, the Atonement, the blessings and answers we find in our scripture study and the strength we find in prayers, the love of God, the blessing and need of families, the blessings we find in Temple service, service to others and the blessings of the Priesthood, prophets leading us today, etc. We, Mormons, focus on a principle, study about it, pray about it, include it in our lives and thusly, learn of the truth of the principle in our heart and minds through the witness of the Holy Ghost. The Spirit of the Lord teaches us and testifies of these truths, and then we witness of what we know. Most of us share these witness with others in our words and our examples. This is what we call a "testimony". Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Lisa
The Relief Society is one of the largest women organizations in the world. It was revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith that the sisters of the Church should be organized. Emma Smith, Joseph's wife was integral to the organization of this Society. We sisters in the Church are given a mandate to not only stand as a witness of our Lord and Savior but also to care for each other, make sure the women in the community have their needs met and that together as we meet and even teach each other about Christ, that we all continue on the path the Savior has shown, being charitable as He had done. To ensure this task, monthly visits are scheduled, we teach about the Savior and our commitment to follow him and inquire of any need we or someone else could possibly fill. This way we express our love for each other and Serve in the name of our Savior, even Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Lisa
The Word of Wisdom is considered modern day revelation for our health and well being as Saints. This revelation can be found in the Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Section 89 and consists of parts, principles and promises. It is a command for the weakest of saints, and is meant as a starting point. The principles set forth here are that we are to abstain from drinking wine or strong drink, using tobacco, and drinking hot drinks. There is also counsel for using the bounty of the earth to our benefit, such as eating foods grown in their season, ripe and full of nutrition, including grains, as well as which meats and how much is beneficial for our use. We are counselled to be thankful to God for these blessings of the earth. We are also given promises if we follow this counsel. Health, strength, wisdom, knowledge, are all promised us as well as "the destroying angel shall pass by " those who adhere to this counsel. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Lisa
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not promote one political party over another. We are allowed to make these choices on our own. Understanding the issues and those who represent those issues is, however, encouraged. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does recognize the need to have more than one choice and that there are benefits to being able to seek for ourselves. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Lisa
As in the Old Testament and New Testament, we are firm followers of the law of tithes and offerings. We are given everything from our loving Heavenly Father and in gratitude we pay back in tithes so we can assist him in building his kingdom here on the earth. Tithing helps fund the buildings such as chapels and temples where we worship and helps with the education programs of the Church. This includes Seminaries and Institutes, Sunday School classes and even secular learning from Universities such as Brigham Young University. We also give fast offerings. Once a month, we dedicate through prayer our fast for those in need. We abstain from eating and drinking for a period of time and donate the money that we would have used to eat with to the Church where it is distributed to Communities, families, and individuals both inside the membership of the Church and outside the membership of the Church for their basic needs. These are a few ways that the Church finances it's operations. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Lisa
The term "Mormon" is a nickname given the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by the world. It represents a portion of our belief in "The Book of Mormon" as sacred scripture, an aide specifically prepared for us in our world today. Mormon was a prophet who lived on the American Continent years after the resurrection of Jesus Christ and was given the command from our Father in Heaven to protect and record the happenings of his day. He was also commanded to abridge other writings from other prophets and preserve them for future generations, even our own day. We call these writings and abridgements, The Book of Mormon. Thusly, people of the world have coined the name "Mormon" after this book and Prophet. "Mormonism" is an extension of "Mormon" identifying the doctrines and principles taught within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Lisa
Joseph Smith was a young (14 years) man of christian beliefs who earnestly sought answers of the Lord through prayer and recieved a direct witness, a physical witness of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was selected by our Savior Jesus Christ to aid in the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ back on the earth, as it had been taken away from the earth when Jesus established it in ancient times. It was taken from the earth because of the corruption of mankind. Joseph Smith became the first prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under the direction of Jesus Christ himself. Joseph Smith, under Jesus' direction, translated ancient scripture, and recieved modern revelation on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and individuals. He did so many other things but this pretty much covers who he was. Show more Show less