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Hi I'm Lila

I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I am a mother and a retired nurse. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have children ranging from 23 to 3. I've been picking up the same toys for a long time, but I really enjoy it. I love to get to know people so I'm out in the neighborhood walking or riding a bike alot. I enjoy reading interesting articles about many things on the web, particularily articles on improving relationships and physical health. Last Christmas, my husband bought something for me that I've always wanted to learn...a banjo! Now I just have to make time to do it. Every year my extended family gets together and makes gingerbread houses. We celebrate it as it's own holiday and it is a sticky mess of fun.

Why I am a Mormon

My family was introduced to the church from some neighbors when I was six. My mother and older sister joined the church and I followed when I turned eight. Later my little sister joined but not my Dad or two older siblings. My mother suffered from schizophrenia so I ended up growing up with my Dad. He followed a different faith but allowed my little sister and I to choose what we wanted to do. I loved the way the Mormon church felt so we walked there every Sunday together. I still continue for the same reason, I love the way I feel when I learn more about the Savior.

How I live my faith

I try to be consistent in my personal religious observances like daily prayer and reading scriptures. We also participate in twice daily family prayer and reading scriptures around our kitchen table. Sometimes that is hard with children of so many ages, especially as we seem to be on a twenty four hour clock. At church my job to help out is in the nursery with 18 month to 3 year olds. I also try to help my husband by picking up extra things that need to be done at home as he serves as the lay leader over the group of 500 people that I go to church with.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The welfare services has been key in our family. Because of my mother's mental illness she needed additional assistance that our family could not provide. Mental illnesses are hard that way on a family. We were small children we did not have the resources to help her and our parents were divorced. Church welfare has helped her maintain a stable environment where she could become healthy enough to function on her own as she became more mentally healthy. It was a joint effort between herself, our family, the church and community servies that we then had a mother again who was in turn able to nuture us. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

As a nurse I have been interested in the human body and amazed at the beauty of it, both externally and it's internal functions. It is wonderful gift from God and should be treated the best we can. To dress modestly is to respect that gift. Using intimacy only in marriage makes relationships healthy and safe, a perfect place for emotional growth. How we speak, dress and act toward each other reflects on who we are inside and what we think of those around us. Show more Show less