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Hi I'm Lani

I'm a Mormon. I love gardening, playing in the kitchen & canning. The joke at my house is that I'll put most anything in a jar!

About Me

I've worked as a graphic designer for over 10 years, but hadn't gone to school for it, so after being laid off for a couple of years and being told I'm either overqualified for a job or that I need a degree, I decided to return to school to get a degree in fine arts. Mine is not a fairy tale story, but I'm forever looking for silver linings on dark clouds. I'm grateful for what I DO have and that's a firm faith that God is my Father, Jesus Christ is my Redeemer and prayers ARE answered, even if it's not necessary how I'd hope they would be. I love the stories of the Bible and am fascinated how the Book of Mormon correlates so well with it. I know that BOTH texts are the word of God.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints when I was 7 years old and I was baptized when I was 8. When I was 17, I decided I had "better things to do than go to church" I made more than my share of mistakes along the way. About 2 years ago, I was working in my garden when I got an undeniable urge to go back to church. I had been exposed to several religions over the years and I considered one of many of those, but my search kept leading me back to what I KNEW to be truth. Because of some of the mistakes I'd made, many of them over 15 years ago, I was actually afraid that I may not be welcomed back; I wondered if God could actually forgive me some of those sins. Sunday after Sunday, I THOUGHT about going to church. Over the next year, I continued to get promptings that Heavenly Father wanted me to "come home", but I was afraid. Afraid of judgement, a little worried that a lightning bolt might strike me down if I entered the church, but certainly afraid to find out that, no, God wouldn't forgive me. Because of my fears, many of them irrational, I made excuse after excuse not to go to church. However, the series of events that followed became my undeniable testimony that God indeed wanted me to return "home". I had started receiving newsletters from one of the ladies in the church, but I didn't like the meeting time...the year changed and so did the meeting time. I didn't like the location...the whole ward moved to a different meeting house. Each of my objections had a solution arise. Finally, a friend from 20 years ago contacted me to find out if I'd accepted Christ as my savior and encouraged me to go to church. I could no longer deny that I needed to go back to church and I finally gave in. I was met with a warm welcome and made fast friends with many of the members. It makes me wonder now why I ever took so long to return...and no, I was not struck down as I walked into the church the first time. Have I been forgiven??? Isiah 1:18

How I live my faith

I've always had this crazy notion that I was somehow in control of my own life. My biggest challenge is trusting that God has a plan and all I have to do is follow. This doesn't mean I sit back and wait for someone else to do it for me, but I "listen" and try to go where He leads even if I often have no clue as to why until after the fact. I am regularly rewarded by finding myself in the right place at time...and there's no way I could plan that on my own. It's usually something small, being there with my first aid kit just when it's needed, giving a stranger a warm smile and seeing it touch their heart, taking the time to help someone who needs it...I try to be a tool in God's hands, but I truly reap the rewards because I feel His presence with me when I follow His lead. The more I slow down and look for opportunities, the more of them Heavenly Father presents to me. I am so very grateful for the people in the church who have so quickly become my spiritual family. None of us are perfect, but we do love one another and TRY to live as Jesus Christ demonstrated.