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Hi I'm Lani

I grew up in New Mexico, and now live in sunny Arizona. I'm a happy mom and a violin teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have nine wonderful kids! We are very blessed. They are starting to leave the nest, which is an exciting time for them. Some moms cry when their children leave. I don't, because I remember what a wonderful time that was in my own life. The "circle of life" continues, and that's a very good thing. I grew up in the desert Southwest of the United States, and love it in Arizona. I like being able to grow a garden practically year-round. I am a violinist. I teach private lessons to lots and lots of violin, viola, piano, and even cello students. I enjoy occasional performance opportunities in the community. I serve on the board of a local music teacher's association. My alma mater is Brigham Young University, and some of my children are now students there. Although I am not a rabid BYU football fan as my husband is, I am proud of "my" school. I have always loved to read. My favorite genre is historical fiction. I like to learn about other peoples, countries, cultures and time periods, and historical fiction certainly provides all that! A few years ago, my husband and I were privileged to visit Portugal. One evening, we walked down a cobblestone street. The houses came right up to the street's edge, and had window balconies and elaborate wrought-iron and twining bougainvillea in brilliant scarlet bloom. A thought flitted absently through my head: "Wow, this looks just like Europe would!" Then, right on its heels: "Oh, right...."

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both come from strong Mormon backgrounds. Their example of love, faith and service showed me early in life that they had something good. I was happy to continue in the same path. Years ago when I was a teenager, I was on a week-long campout with other young women from church. One beautiful, starry night, I knelt alone in my tent and prayed and prayed. I felt such love for my Father in Heaven, and I felt that he loves me, too. This gives me strength when I am stressed or sad. Family is very important to me. I love my parents and siblings. I am REALLY REALLY in love with my husband, and am very happy to have all my children. I couldn't stand the thought of losing any of them. While I know that we all will die someday, we don't have to be separated permanently from our loved ones. Temple covenants I have made with my husband ensure that we will belong to each other forever, and our children will also belong to us. I feel so blessed to be a Mormon! It is a very important part of my life. I know that I am a child of God, and that he loves me and helps me. I am happy to know that we have a living prophet on earth, and that God speaks to him, just as in times of old. What a wonderful thing that is!

How I live my faith

For many years, I have been a Cub Scout leader for the pack sponsored by our local church unit. Our pack has both Mormon and non-Mormon boys and leaders. I love having fun with the boys, and helping them do new and fun things as they learn new skills. My husband and I are the Cubmasters for our pack. Believe me, to be a successful Cubmaster, you have to put aside any sense of personal pride, and just be goofy. Cub Scouts rock! Because I am a musician, I serve in many music-related ways. I have been a choir director for a total of about 15 years. That is one of my very favorite things to do. A particularly exciting project was a huge Christmas concert, with a 90-voice choir and a 35-piece full orchestra. About 1800 people from church and community attended each year, for 7 years. I served as musical co-conductor for that event. It is exhilarating to wave a little stick around and hear such fabulous music happen! I enjoy organizing groups of up to 30 string players of all ages from our congregation, to perform for Christmas or Easter. I believe that even beginning musicians can participate in performances. I learned from my mother how to write super-easy parts (in addition to the harder ones), so every single player can feel important and capable. It is a boost to their self-esteem, not to mention their interest in continuing in music, to participate in a great-sounding performance. I also serve as a leader for the young children, ages 18 months through 11 years. There are about 50 teachers and leaders in our congregation's Primary, as we call it; we serve about 140 children at present. We get to know all the children by name, show them that we love them, and help them know that God loves them, too. We coordinate their Sunday lessons and activities. In my community, I serve on the board of a local music-teacher association, and teach classes for them. I often play violin for college choir concerts, and for other churches' musical events.