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Hi I'm Lanni

I am a mom of six, a grandma, and I love good books. I am a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in a small farming community in Southern Utah. I worked hard with my family on our farm and enjoyed riding horses, three wheeling and close family ties. My paternal grandparents, aunts and uncles, and many cousins lived close by. I love reading good books, music (though I'm not very musical) and my family. I also love good food. I wish I enjoyed exercising as much. :o) I also enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when I've done a job well. I met my good husband at Brigham Young University and we were married in the St. George Temple. We have six children, four of which we have adopted. Our family is a mixture of race and also special needs. I now have two daughters that are married and two beautiful grandchildren. Grandchildren really are the "Sunshine of Life." What I have learned from life experiences is that each day is a gift. We need to look for the good and have a sense of humor, especially when dealing with special needs that require a great deal of patience. Laughing can be good therapy. :o) Life brings challenges, sometimes heartache and pain but there is always light and help from a loving Heavenly Father. What I would like people to know about me is that I love my family and I KNOW that the Church of Jesus Christ is true. It is the Savior's church, restored to the earth in these Latter Days. It is a Gospel of Love and is for Everyone.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was 8 years old and have grown up in the church but I also have a conversion story. Every member has to gain their own individual testimony of the gospel and their Savior. I remember sitting with my mother reading the Book of Mormon and feeling so good inside. I had a feeling of peace and love...I told my mother this and she explained to me that it was the Holy Ghost letting me know the Book of Mormon was true; that was the beginning of my testimony. I was able to visit the tabernacle for General Conference with my grandparents when I was 9 years old. Our Prophet President Spencer W. Kimball walked in and everyone stood. My Grandpa picked me up and stood me on the bench so that I could see. Everyone began to sing "We thank thee O God for a Prophet." Again, I felt that feeling of love and peace and knew that I was looking at a Prophet of God. The summer I graduated from High School, I had the opportunity to be a part of the Hill Cumorah Pageant. I was in New York for two weeks serving and practicing for the pageant. I was able to visit the Sacred Grove and many of the historic places of the church. I came to understand Joseph Smith more. I know that he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the Sacred grove. I know it because the Holy Spirit told me so. I am a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has born witness to me of Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, of Latter Day Prophets numerous times. I am a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has born witness to me that this is The Church of Jesus Christ and we are all beloved children of God.

How I live my faith

The way I treat others and try to serve in my church callings or in my community shows whether or not I am living my faith. Our Savior's life was one of kindness and love to all people, even His enemies. This is really difficult but as I try to follow His example, reaching out to those in need, serving with love and kindness to those around me; fulfilling my responsibilities with integrity, then I am living my faith. It is especially true when dealing with difficult people or situations that require long suffering, loving tolerance and dedication to what we know is right. I try daily to recognize mistakes and put the Savior's atonement into my life. By applying His loving atonement to my life, I can repent and improve and gain more guidance from the Holy Ghost. We show faith in our Savior by following His loving example and by recognizing our sins and applying the atonement to our lives.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

We believe baptism is a sacred ordinance necessary to return to our Heavenly Father. Many people have passed on without the opportunity of receiving this ordinance. I'm sure our Heavenly Father will make it possible for all to receive this ordinance, but in the mean time, we need to search out our families and take care of this for them. Again, it is all about service and helping others, especially our families return to their Heavenly Father. As I said before, this Gospel is about Love. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

I believe Mormons are some of the happiest people on earth. It's not hard to be happy when you are living worthy to keep the Holy Ghost with you and serving others. We don't drink alcohol, smoke, drink coffee or tea, (See the Word of Wisdom), so we tend to live healthier lifestyles and without physical addictions which would destroy our freedom and happiness. Mormons who try to live their religion will have the Savior as their example. When you try to follow the Savior it leads to good choices which leads to a happy life. When hard times come, which everyone has to face, we have the comfort of the spirit and our faith to help us get through. Mormons ARE some of the happiest people on earth. Show more Show less