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Hi I'm Leilani

I'm a physicist. I'm a lawyer. I'm a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up near Houston, Tx. I majored in Astrophysics in college and then I went on to attend law school. While in law school, I met and married my husband and our daughter joined our family just as I was graduating. Now my husband is a professor and I am a mother to our beautiful one year old girl. I feel very lucky to be able to stay at home with my sweet daughter while she is so young. In fact, my husband frequently jokes about quitting his job and being the stay at home dad while I go to work as a lawyer. Each time he makes this joke, I tell him that I have a fantastic job already as our daughter's mom and there is no way I'm going to give it up! As part of my job description, I get to do so many things I love. I love visiting my family, spending time outside, riding my bicycle and spending time with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, I was a Momon because my parents are Mormons. But now I am grown with a family of my own and the reason I am still a Mormon is because when I follow Heavenly Father's commandments, I am happy. To me, that is proof that this is God's Church. I know that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me. And like any loving parent, He wants me to be happy. He has given me (and you, and all of us) a roadmap to follow so that we can be happy during our life on Earth and so that we can be ready to return to live with Him after this life. As part of that roadmap, He asks us to be baptized, to attend church each Sunday, to help other members of our church and our community. He asks us to be loving and kind, to be selfless and generous, he asks us to try to be like Jesus. He tells us that our family is the most important thing we have in this life (and beyond this life too) and that we ought to work hard to have a loving home and strong family relationships. When I do these things, I am so much more than happy. I am filled with a feeling of peace, I have a sense of why I am here and where my family and I are going. When I do these things, I feel Jesus Christ's love for me and I feel him guiding me to become the best possible version of myself. I am a Mormon, in short, because it makes me happy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by teaching little children. In my local church, I work with the young children each Sunday. It is amazing to me to see how strongly the little children are drawn to Jesus Christ and how sensitive they are to the Holy Spirit. In my congregation we have nearly seventy children under our care and each week we plan hands-on lessons and singing time and sunday school classes for the many different age groups. Our goal is to help the children and their families draw closer to Jesus Christ. I love the work I do each Sunday with the children in my congregation, but the most important way I live my faith happens in my home. I do many small, simple things to help my family and myself grow closer to Christ. For example, I help my daughter learn to communicate with her Heavenly Father by helping her learn to say a prayer to Him each morning and night. I read her stories about Jesus and I love to see her eyes light up when she sees a picture of Him. In my home, I live my faith by doing many small things each day that I hope will bring my family closer together and closer to Jesus Christ.