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Hi I'm Lara Leilani

I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, in-law and friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was adopted as an infant through LDS Social Services. I grew up in the Church with two wonderful parents. They biologically gave me two little sisters. We lost my father when I was only 3 and my mother remarried 3 years later. After the marriage our family of four grew, my step-father had two daughters of his own, increasing our family to seven. Growing up in the church, as an adoptee, and as a step-daughter/sister, I learned to depend on my testimony. Knowing where I came from, that I was a daughter of God, helped me accept the eternal family I had been blessed with, and the challenges that come from a mixed family. Now I am a wife and a mother and strive daily to teach my children that Heavenly Father knows us, loves us, and teaches us through our life experiences.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon ultimately because I was adopted into a Mormon family. But I do strongly believe that finding your own personal testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is important. When I was 15, I did just that. While attending a Girls Camp for church, and while reading the Book of Mormon, I decided to pray and ask Heavenly Father if the church was true. I wanted to know if what I had been taught all my life was true and right. I found a quiet place, just outside camp, and knelt down in prayer. I asked fervently for an answer or feeling to know what I believed was true. Later while giving a talk to some of the girls, I felt an overwhelming feeling of warmth. What I was teaching was true. The answer that I had been searching for came. It was true, the Book of Mormon was true, the teachings of the church was true. He witnessed to me that it was. And I knew it was. I have never forgotten that experience, I have never ever questioned Him since. I know this church is true. I know that Jesus is the Christ, that he lived and died for us. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who knows me personally. He loves me and wants the best for me. He has put a Prophet on the Earth today to lead and guide us. I know that through prayer we can communicate with our Father in Heaven and receive the answers we seek. I know these things to be true.

How I live my faith

I participate and am very involved with the women of our ward. I love to befriend, teach, and visit those who need love and friendship. I enjoy making new friends and serving as much as I can. My husband and I also strive to study the scriptures and pray daily. This helps us find ways to serve and teach those around us.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Lara Leilani
Family is so important to Mormons because the family is the center of our Heavenly Father's plan. All of us need someone. Someone to teach us, help us learn and grow, and to love us. All of us want to be loved and in a family we can find that. Heavenly Father teaches us that Families are Forever and through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we can have an eternal family. If we live the gospel and keep the commandments we can have our families forever and one day be reunited with those we have lost. Striving to live the best we can and keeping with the teachings of the church help us achieve that final goal. Show more Show less