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Hi I'm Leilani

I am a graduate student who loves horses, cooking, and my husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently in graduate school, working on a MS in stream ecology. I get to spend all day catching fish and wading around in ponds and rivers. Sometimes I get bit by a bug or two, but it is an occupational hazard. I grew up in the shadow of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington state. I spent my childhood riding horses, playing with the neighbors, picking fresh raspberries and eating them immediately, making fresh Washington apple pies, and raising chickens and sheep. I love my Savior, and I know that my home growing up was a happy place because the spirit of the Lord was always there. Now, my husband and I try to make our home a happy and fun place, and we try to share that feeling with everyone who comes to visit.

Why I am a Mormon

Being Mormon makes me happy. Living the gospel daily gives me peace and comfort. It also helps me to understand the purpose of this life and enables me to live with vitality. During times of pain and sadness, the gospel helps me to have perspective and clarity. I know the Savior is intensely aware of my life, and loves me absolutely, regardless of my shortcomings.

How I live my faith

I wake up every day and pray to my Father in Heaven. If I have needs throughout the day, I think of the Lord and all that He has promised me. Before I sleep, I read the words of the prophets, both ancient and modern. This lets me fall asleep pondering important things. With school, spending so much time outside helps me to feel the Lord's love for me and find happiness in nature and science. I know the Lord loves me and I have peace and comfort in the Lord's plan, despite the confusing world I live in. I try to serve others also, and I read in a book once that a good way to serve others is through grace, which sometimes comes in the form of a meal to a weary family, a thoughtful email to a family member, or a smile to a friend.