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Hi I'm Leila

I'm a lawyer. I'm a big sister of 8. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name's Leila- you say it "Layla"- and I've lived all over. I was born in Long Beach, grew up in Utah, and worked in Vegas. My parents and seven younger siblings moved to Missouri when I was in law school, and I followed them here in June 2009. I love the stair machine, hate the treadmill, enjoy all sorts of food, and totally love country music. During the day, I'm a lawyer. I practice exclusively family law, so I deal with divorce, child custody, child support, and paternity actions on a daily basis. I've tried to focus my practice on creating two families instead of just taking one apart. In addition to my private practice, I'm often court-appointed to represent children - that's the most satisfying work I do.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I've read the Book of Mormon, asked God if it was true, and received an answer that it is. As I've followed the counsel of our living prophets and apostles, the Holy Ghost has affirmed that witness again and again. I believe that God wants us to be happy and to have joy - I've found that as I follow the teachings of our prophets and apostles, I have had great joy in my life. 

How I live my faith

I'm an active participant in my church congregation, where I play the piano for the children's classes on Sundays. They have their own special songbook of kid-friendly music, and they are always happy to sing. When they sing, you can feel their love for God and Jesus Christ, and I am blessed for it. Being a Mormon is more than just a Sunday thing. One of the things I'm most grateful for is that we have a living prophet, who gives us guidance on how to live in our world today. I look at our current prophet as a modern-day Moses. Having a prophet reminds me that God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and that He loves all His children.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Mormons believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that it's essential to God's plan for our happiness. As a part of that, we believe that it's a man's responsibility to provide for his family, and a woman's job to be primarily responsible for the care and nurture of children. That doesn't mean that everyone has that kind of family, but that's the ideal we aspire to. Show more Show less