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Hi I'm Lalani

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 33 years old and the mother of 3 young children, ages 7,5 and 20 months. I have been married for almost 11 years and I am a stay at home mom. Prior to having kids, I worked for 5 years in the United States Senate. I still love politics. I volunteer my time on campaigns and occasionally work part time as a campaign manager. I love to help in my kids classrooms, go to their activities and do fun things together as a family. I enjoy running, exercising, baking, playing tennis, traveling, going on dates with my husband and spending time with family and friends. I know that the most important thing that I will ever do is be a mother and I am so grateful that I have that opportunity.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 15 years old. I grew up in a family that believed in God and Jesus Christ, however, we didn't attend church regularly, and organized religion was not a part of our home. From the time that I was a little girl I knew that I had a Heavenly Father that loved me and had a plan for my life. I just didn't know what it was. When I was 14 years old my family moved from Hawaii to Las Vegas. I started high school and met a great group of girls on my cross country team who were nice to me. We immediately became friends. These girls were different than friends that I had in the past. They has a brightness about them, a special light that I couldn't put my finger on. They were happy, positive, dressed modestly and used clean language. I wanted to be like them. They were also Mormons. I had never met Mormons before, I didn't even know what that meant. They told me that they went to church in Sunday, went to seminary before school, and to a weekly activity during the week. I wanted to go too. They invited me to go with them and I quickly accepted. I loved going to church and seminary. I loved learn from the Bible and the book of Mormon. I wanted to know more. I knew from the first time that I went to church that this was what I had been waiting for. This was part of the plan that Heavenly Father had for me. I met with the missionaries and learned more about the gospel. I prayed to know if what I was learning was true. I received and answer that this is God's true church. My questions about why I was hear and where am I going were answered. My family was baptized a few months after first going to church. It has been 19 years since I first attended church. My testimony has continued to grow and is stronger than ever. I am so grateful for the example of good friends, a Heavenly Father who loves me and for my Savior Jesus Christ who loved us enough to die for us so that we could live again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day. As a mother, I try to teach my children to be good people. To be kind, forgiving, honest and loving to their brothers, sister, and friends at school. We try to pray as a family everyday and read scriptures together before bed. We have a special night once a week called family night where we play games, have a lesson about something that we are working on like being honest and have a special treat. My kids look forward to this time. In church I help with the 14 and 15 year old girls. We teach them lessons on sunday and have youth group activities during the week. I love working with these girls. They are such a great example to me and I really enjoy spending time with them. I also find my faith to be a great comfort to me during difficult times. When things aren't working out as I would like them to it is comforting to know that a trial is just a tiny blip in the larger plan that Heavenly Father has for us. I also know that trials make us stronger and when we endure them well, and learn from them, we grow and become closer to our Heavenly Father.