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Hi I'm Lyhana Rael

I am a daughter God, a sister to all who have met me, and a friend for all who have not. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with three siblings -- an older sister, a younger brother, and a baby sister. Thanks to my mother, I have always had a very strong relationship with my grandparents and my aunt. These strong family connections have helped me understand how extraordinarally important the family unit is to my health and happiness. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew that the Lord wanted me to be a lawyer. In fact, my earliest memory is of me telling my dad that I wanted to be Matlock. I was about two. He smiled, and told me to go for it. With my family's encouragement and support, I always knew that it would be my eventual path. Because of my parents's and grandparents's examples, I knew that the Lord had a purpose for my life, and even though I didn't know what that will would be, I could trust in Him. After high school, I tried to avoid college and wanted to work instead. Ignoring the will of God and my family, however, did not make for an easy path. Even after starting college, I avoided legal studies for a long time, focusing instead on History. I would sit in classes on England and Revolutionary War America and dream of traveling the world to find those special jewels of knowledge that had been lost and forgotten. My junior year of college, however, I felt strongly that I should enroll in a government class. The Lord knew better than me, and made it so that the government class I picked was taught by the only person at my college who coached the Mock Trial and Moot Court competition teams. My professor saw something in me that I didn't know was even there. Where I doubted myself, he encouraged me. Where I tried to fail, he enabled me to succeed. Where I tried to avoid, he made me act. Because the Lord put him in my life I was blessed to compete that year and our team finished third at the Silver Nationals and in the top twenty teams at the National Championship. The next year, after my coach had left our school, I continued to obey His will and received honors as an All-Regional Attorney in both Mock Trial and Moot Court. By trusting in the Lord's will, I have learned confidence, patience, and teamwork. Since graduating with a BS in History, I have enrolled in law school where I rely on Him now more than I ever have before. Law is the hardest thing I have ever done, but with my Savior, Jesus Christ, all things are possible. I do not know what the future will bring, but I know that the Lord loves me and I will always be happy when I forgo my wishes and make His will my own. 

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was raised in the Church, I didn't make it very long without questioning myself as to whether I believed in being LDS because it was true, or because that is what everyone important in my life believed. I grew up discussing causation for social movements, political changes, historical evolutions, war, the Bible, prophets ... you name it! My parents are both college graduates who have been active students there whole lives. While I was a little girl, my dad kept his office at home so that my mom could keep working. My grandparents literally lived three blocks away. My aunt was a second mother to me. We talked. We discussed. We debated and argued. It was assumed that I would excel in my studies and college was a foregone conclusion by the time I took my first breath. My parents expected, supported, and required my endeavors to learn, grow, and gain as much knowledge as I possibly could. But this did not stop with subjects that ended in "ology." If I wasn't as critical of my religious studies and conclusions as with everything else I studied in my life, I was lost as soon as my dad started peppering us with questions about what I learned in Sunday School, and what scriptures I had studied that day. As a teenager, I resented the analytical treatment that everything was given, and sought to gain some independence for my own testimony. I studied other religions, both Christian and non-Christian. But in all the world, I did not find the peace and love, knowledge and support, hope and desire as I already had in the Gospel of Jesus Christ as restored by the Prophet, Joseph Smith. After a lifetime of being a Mormon, at 16, I finally understood what it meant to be MORMON. I finally stopped THINKING it through, and instead allowed the Lord to let me FEEL it in my heart. I knew, and I know that I still know. Why am I Mormon? Because with the Gospel in my life, I know that I don't have to know EVERYTHING in order to know one simple thing "This is life eternal that I might know Him, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom God has sent." John 17 3. I asked. I know. Ask, and so shall you.

How I live my faith

 I seek to follow the admonition of Paul. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy, I seek after these things. As a member of a small young adult branch, I currently serve as a facilitator and co-coordinator of our Family Home Evening FHE activities. FHE is a directive of the Church in which we set aside one night a week to avoid all worldly endeavors and focus on spending quality time with our families. This is usually on Monday nights, though each family can make the decision for themselves. As young, single adults, however, we do not yet have families of our own and instead gather together as a family of friends. FHE for us starts with a short Gospel-centered lesson taught by one of the YSA Young Single Adults followed by sports or other games as an opportunity to fellowship and strengthen relationships with our members and other friends who attend. I am also a member missionary. I seek to never hide my light under a bushel, but instead look for opportunities to share the beautiful truths that I have been so blessed to learn.