Author: Lisa Ray Turner

Lisa is a life-long member of the Church and has been writing almost as long. Her writing career began at eight when she wrote adventure stories set in boarding schools. (It’s unclear why, since there were no ivy-walled boarding schools in Boise, Idaho where she grew up.) She discovered writing again years later and began publishing in magazines, then moved on to write three novels and a book of essays. In 2007 two books were published: The Denver Mint: 100 Years of Gangsters, Gold and Ghosts and Mitt Romney: The Man, His Values, and His Vision. (And, just for the record, she wasn't involved with the Romney campaign, nor is she a Republican.) Lisa graduated from BYU in education, and got a masters degree in music from The University of Michigan. Lisa lives in the suburbs of Denver and is on her way to becoming an empty nester, as her three sons move away to college. She is currently serving as stake music director, but could be released at any time because she’s always begging for a bigger music budget. She is currently co-writing a book with her husband about couples sleeping together. (Actual sleeping, that is.) Check out her blog at sleepingtogether.blogspot.com.

That Time of Year

It’s that time of year again. The season to be jolly. The season to celebrate the birth of Christ. The season to eat sugar cookies and fudge. The season of the ward Christmas program.

Is One Date Enough?

I’m thinking about weddings a lot recently. Probably because I’ve been going to lots of them. Many friends and family members are getting married, announcing engagements, and thinking about marriage. ‘Tis the season. It’s led me to think a lot…

Active in the Church

My 21-year-old son, Ethan, was home from college for a couple weeks this summer. On Sunday when he came to church with us, our bishop asked him, “So, are you still active in the Church?” He asked this question in…

Surviving Early-Morning Seminary

My third son just graduated from seminary. My three sons have all gone to early-morning seminary. They stagger to class at 6:15 in the morning, bleary-eyed and yawning. They’ve all graduated, but two of them did significant makeup assignments to…

An Hour of Peace and Rest

I usually enjoy going to church. I look forward to it, despite talks that are occasionally less-than-dazzling, overly-perfumed women in the pew in front of me, and the family in the third row that refuses to take their baby out,…

Raising the Bar

Is it just my imagination, or are more missionaries returning home early? Seems like this used to be a rare event, spoken about in the same whispery voice people use to tell you someone has an embarrassing disease. Now, it…

Defending the Faith

I’ve never been very political. It’s not that I’m a total slacker – I always read the platforms of both parties and I keep up on presidential candidates’ basic positions. I have preferences about who should win. Mostly, though, I’m…

Snack Time

My favorite time in the nursery was snack time. Oh, it’s not what you might think. I didn’t love snack time because I could snitch a stray goldfish cracker or vanilla wafer, although those were attractive benefits, especially on fast…