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Hi I'm Laila

I'm a teacher. I'm a farm girl. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

From my mom I learned to love living on a farm, working with animals, delighting in ice cream on a daily basis, and doing things together as family. From my dad I learned to appreciate being an Arab, traveling around the world, and learning new languages. From their examples and encouragement, I finished college and am pursuing my dream to be a teacher to make a difference in the world. I love teaching, eating chocolate, playing soccer, and seeing the world.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom is a Mormon, but my dad is not. Because of my mom's teachings and examples, my younger siblings and I were raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Growing up in an atmosphere of family prayer, scripture study, church attendance, meals, games, and community service has greatly blessed my life from a young age. I knew early on that Heavenly Father loved me and that if I followed the teachings of Jesus Christ, I would be blessed and strengthened. As I have practiced those beliefs, I have found them to be true. The youth programs of the Church were also a great strength to me as I navigated the teenage years and struck out on my own in college. I came to know my Savior more as I tried to become like him by exercising love, patience, faith, hope, and many other attributes. When I pray earnestly and search the scriptures for answers, I feel peace and receive inspiration as to the course I should take. It is simply from putting my beliefs to the test by DOING them that I know for myself that these teachings are true. Living the teachings of Jesus Christ and the standards of the Church have not made my life easy or perfect. But living these things has brought me peace, joy, hope, courage, and security.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in my family. I'm not a perfect sister, daughter, or wife. However, I strive to improve on a daily basis by the way I choose to interact with family members. As I remember Jesus Christ and His example, I want to become more like Him by exercising more patience, compassion, mercy, humility, and hope. We do this as a family by practicing our faith together through prayer, scripture study, church attendance, community service, and more. I also know that Heavenly Father gives us commandments and standards to protect us and make us happy. As we follow His commandments and the words of His living prophets, we are blessed. I live my faith in my local church congregation. There are always opportunities to serve others and to grow personally within the church. Part of this is accepting a "calling" or assignment. Through these assignments I have taught children's classes, taught others about family history, and worked with women during Sunday meetings and activities throughout the week. In addition to these things, every member has the chance to visit a few families with a partner. During these visits, a faith-building message is shared and we make sure that the family is doing all right in every aspect of their lives. Sometimes this means offering comfort during a tough time or helping them find employment. Since living gospel principles is so much more than "Sunday-only," we look out and care for each other the way the Savior would do. I live my faith in my community and world. A huge part of being a true Latter-day Saint is actively contributing to the community. Christ "went about doing good," and so must we. I tutor, do Spanish translation, visit neighbors, pick up trash along highways, and volunteer with several non-governmental organizations both locally and abroad.