Volunteer Spotlight: Alisa Webster

by Lyndie Jackson

“I love this project because I get to help others benefit from the extensive records Wilford Woodruff kept. It is meaningful and fulfilling, and I am often struck with gratitude for the opportunity I have to be involved.”

Alisa Webster first discovered the opportunity to volunteer for the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project from a Facebook post. She said, “It almost jumped off the screen at me, and I knew immediately that I wanted to get involved.”

Like many volunteers, Alisa felt drawn to the Project and has seen how it has blessed her life and her home. As part of the Biographical Team, she does genealogical research and writes short biographies for the individuals mentioned in the writings of Wilford Woodruff. This has given her the opportunity to use the skills she learned while getting her degree in Family History. 

Hannah Taylor, Research Team Lead, appreciates the quality and quantity of Alisa’s work. “She spends so many hours doing quality research when she really has no reason other than for the goodness of her heart!”

Alisa has felt that her testimony of Wilford Woodruff’s calling as a prophet, as well her testimony of the importance of modern-day prophets, has been strengthened during her time volunteering. “The project itself testifies to me of the importance of the words of prophets and the Lord’s desire to make those words accessible to the public.” 

She added, “I see an impact in my home from my work with the Wilford Woodruff Papers. I feel the Spirit more strongly while working on it, similar to anything I might do that is furthering the Lord’s work, and that Spirit brings more peace to my whole household.”

Wilford Woodruff’s experiences have touched her life and the lives of others. Alisa commented on Wilford’s desire to join the Church of Jesus Christ because of his understanding of Christ’s original church as taught in the Bible. 

She shared, “He wanted to find the fullness of the Gospel, and he ‘resolved by the grace of God assisting [him] to be led by the word & spirit of God into that truth that maketh free thereby.’ ”1 When he first heard the missionaries speak, he recognized the truth, acted on it, and never looked back. I love that example.”

As Alisa moves forward with the Project, she looks to the future. “I look forward to learning more about him as I continue to volunteer with the Wilford Woodruff Papers.”

Alisa Webster

The Wilford Woodruff Papers Project is in need of dedicated volunteers on a variety of teams and tasks. Alisa said, “I am impressed with the organization and the Project’s progress, and I believe it is unfolding by divine inspiration.”

If you are interested in joining the incredible team of volunteers, please contact us at contact@wilfordwoodruffpapers.org or visit our website.

[1] Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, Preface, p. 11, Wilford Woodruff Papers, ​​wilfordwoodruffpapers.org/journal.