Lisa Hone, or Lisa Hatch Hone as she is known on Facebook, came to Morgan with her husband and family five years ago, seeking a good community to raise children. And boy, do the Hones feel like they came to the right place!
Blaine and Lisa met at BYU. Upon completion of their degrees, the couple moved back to Los Angeles, Lisa’s hometown. There they had their first son. A job change moved the family back to Clearfield, Utah ,where they had two more children. With their family expanding, they longed for a place where their kids could be safe, where people cared about one another and there was a strong sense of community.
While visiting Lisa’s parents, Dean and Cindy Hatch of Morgan, Blaine fell in love with the area. He has often said, “There is a genuine sense of community and sincere neighborly concern.” After moving to Morgan, the Hones had two more children and decided to make Morgan their permanent residence.
“The best part of living in Morgan is the people,” Lisa said. “The first day we moved in, we had people we didn’t know rushing to our home to help unload the moving van. We had a constant barrage of neighbors bringing cookies and introducing themselves to us. They left phone numbers and called often to see if we needed help and it has only gotten better. I still meet new people, and almost instantly I see they are sincere and helpful. There is such an outpouring of love and friendship here.”
Wanting to help build this “sense of community,” Lisa created a Facebook page where “Morgan Moms” can come and find help for their problems, support, and find answers to any question. “I have found so many new friends on this page. There are willing women who will drop everything to help complete strangers. It is truly inspiring, and makes me want to be a better neighbor to those around me. Morgan has taught me how to love others,” Lisa said.
“I love being involved. It helps me feel like I can give back some of what Morgan has given me.” The Hones live up to this statement. Blaine coaches coach pitch baseball, is a Varsity Scout leader for the Boy Scouts of America, and is a state delegate and a county delegate for his voting district. About being a state delegate, Blaine said, “It gives me a deeper appreciation for how critical it is that we care about and get involved in the government affairs that affect our lives. Being a state delegate lets my voice matter even more than with my regular vote.” He also sits on the Morgan Elementary School Community Council. Lisa has been the Child Volunteer Protection Advocate for AYSO here in Morgan for four years. She also is the vice chair for her voting precinct, and a county delegate.
“If we could teach our kids one thing by living here, it’s ‘get involved’ and help make the place you live the best it can be. It’s easy to sit and complain about things not being the way you want them to be. It’s much harder to get up and do something about it. We love Morgan, and think it is a great place to raise a family.”