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Hi I'm Lani

I'm a mom that teaches and plays with my kids. I'm learning to rely on God daily. I'm a family-gal and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The yard with the dirt and weeds, yeah, that's my project (one of the many). You'll notice (hopefully) that I planted some perennials in the flower bed last year and even put in a garden out back. It's one of the things I try to keep moving in the right direction one small step at a time. Making memories with my family is my favorite pastime. We always gather as a family for dinner. As a girl who loves to try new foods and has a hearty appetite for anything from flavor-town, I love when I can get together with my extended family for a barbecue, Sunday dinner, or a full-on cooking competition complete with critical judges and a champion. I love to learn and I'm doing a lot of that now that I'm a homeschooler. On any given day, you may find me doing some of my favorite things like reading, planning menus, cooking, creating, going on walks with my mom, doing family history work, visiting with my parents, video-chatting with my siblings, dating my wonderful husband, or playing with my kids. I'm living with a syndrome that affects the way I feel every day. I'm learning to rely on God because of it. He has given me strength through the toughest times and has lightened my burdens and even lifted them completely from me at times. I need God every hour. I feel so blessed to be able to be with my loving family and to have peace in my home.

Why I am a Mormon

Living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings me happiness. There is no greater motivation to keep the commandments and to live righteously than the hope for a better world to raise your family in. So, why did I choose the Mormon faith and not one of the many others available out there? I joined the Mormon church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) at the young age of 8 for the simple fact that it felt right. I could tell the difference between right and wrong, and being baptized felt right. My experience with being a Mormon is kind of like a new household product that you might see on T.V. and wonder if it really works, so you try it out, and if it works then you can add your testimony to the those advertising. I tried to live the teachings of the church when I was a child, then as a teenager, then as a college student, and I continue even now that I'm a mother of 2. The simplest explanation I can give is that I've tested it and it works. Through each of the struggles in my life, I've turned to prayer and the scriptures and I've found answers and strength. I can testify that there are living prophets on the earth today that receive direct revelation from God for us. I can testify that living the commandments and gospel truths brings you nearer to God and supplies hope during seemingly hopeless times. I testify that I am a loved daughter of Heavenly parents. I believe that Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the Sacred Grove and restored the church that Jesus had established anciently. I believe the Book of Mormon and Bible to be true books that were written for our day by prophets anciently through the power of God for the eternal benefit of mankind. I believe that Heavenly Father cares about His children and that we can receive personal revelation and answers to our prayers.

How I live my faith

Said simply, each day I try to be a good example for my kids. It's always my desire to do what is right. A more specific description of what that includes for me follows. I attend church meetings with my family and I teach 5 and 6 year olds every Sunday about Jesus Christ and his gospel. They always make me smile. Once a month I get together with a friend and we visit with 3 other women that live nearby and bring a gospel-centered message. We always have a great time visiting and it is nice to get to know the people around us. I research my ancestry and keep a journal. I've always liked that sort of stuff. I spend time with my family and set aside every Monday night to gather my family together, have a gospel lesson, a fun activity, and of course a yummy dessert! I volunteer at the local retirement home and bring my daughter to visit with one of the residents, a spunky 102-year-old woman, each week. I try to remember to say my prayers and read my scriptures daily, as well as gather in family prayer and scripture study. I teach my children to be kind and serve others. I try to keep all of God's commandments. I listen to the prophets speak at the semi-annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I take notes and a personal inventory of how I can more fully live the life God wants for me.

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is the largest women's organization in the entire world. The women are diverse in age, race, and backgrounds. They as members, seek to bring relief to others through service. For instance, when I brought my babies home from the hospital, the Relief Society had arranged to bring dinners to my family while I was recovering. They also do humanitarian work by assembling school kits, and hygiene kits to go to other people that need them. The Relief Society also gathers together on Sunday to have a lesson and build the faith of the women. One of the objectives of Relief Society is to strengthen families and homes. Women do this by trying to live the gospel in their lives and serving their families in their homes. Show more Show less