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Hi I'm Lela

I am a teacher, an artist, a student, a sister to seven siblings, a Disney cast member, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the arts; singing, dancing, acting, writing, drawing, painting, and all other kinds of creation are incredible to me. Teaching is also a great passion of mine, as is learning. Marrying all these passions, I am currently going to school and majoring in Theatre Education with a minor in English Education. I hope to teach at the high school level, and I am very excited to finally be able to do so. I am also very excited that I am a wife and mother, which has always been something I have wanted to do. I think motherhood is the best opportunity for teaching I will ever be blessed with. I am newly married, and my husband and I look forward to being able to continue to learn and grow together, and we are extremely excited for the opportunity to have an eternal family. My love of children and making others happy inspired me to work for the Walt Disney Company, and I am a seasonal cast member for the theme parks in Walt Disney World. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life, and I do hope that if you ever take a vacation to that magical place that you will chat with me. I love talking to people!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that it is the truth. I may have been raised as a Mormon, but I was most definitely converted to the church. My family has always been an incredible support and blessing to me, and going to church was part of being a member of that family. We studied scriptures, prayed, spent time together every Monday night (what is called Family Home Evening), and talked with each other. However, we all have some things that we do not share with anyone else, including family, though we would benefit by sharing. All throughout my life I have had extremely unfortunate experiences with romantic relationships, involving all kinds of abuse from an early age. When I was in middle school I went through a terrifying time of depression and began to suffer unknowingly from post-traumatic stress disorder. I began to feel that I was worthless and did not see how a loving God could allow awful things to happen to me or anyone else. I attempted suicide many times, but somehow always failed. One Sunday I was sitting in church with my family, though I had stopped paying attention in church a long while before. One of the members speaking that day was speaking about happiness, and I was shocked into listening when I heard "I was unhappy because I was choosing to be unhappy." I realized, as I listened more, that we all suffer and have awful things happen to us in life. Trials are part of learning. My trials had been great, but I had a purpose to fulfill on earth. I felt the Spirit whisper that the Lord loved me and that the church was true and had all the teachings that could lead to real happiness. I also knew that the Lord's life was harder than my own, and I should not squander the gift of life simply because it was difficult at times. I still struggle with PTSD, but I have been able to speak about it. I have been able to forgive those who hurt me. And I am genuinely happy. Even my curious and logical mind can feel the Gospel's correctness; I know it is true.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life I have served in various callings in the church. Most of those callings have involved either the arts, leadership, or service. I also volunteer as often as I can to help with various service opportunities on and around campus. I have found that serving others is the best way to live my faith, and I believe that my future of teaching is an incredible opportunity to serve. Serving others may involve teaching, especially if it is about the way I live my life and my faith, but I strive to make sure to simply fulfill the needs that those around me may have without any ulterior motives. Through simple service, I have learned how to love others no matter what their circumstances or lifestyle.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Lela
Each woman in this church has her own views on this subject. Mine, like any other woman's, are not doctrine. However, I believe that I should share my opinion on the matter, as I studied this subject personally for a very long time. My belief about why women do not hold the priesthood in our church (besides the simple fact that the Lord said that was to be so) is that women, because of the natural chemical differences between men and women, are more prone to sympathetic feelings and service toward others. Women are usually more adept at nurturing than men are naturally. I strongly believe that the priesthood is a power and responsibility that allows men to better be able to feel sympathy and serve. This is not to say that they cannot do it without the priesthood, but I do think that the responsibilities that come with the gift of the priesthood create more opportunities for men to serve and nurture others. And any priesthood holder will tell you that he would not be able to get by or fulfill their callings without the help of the women in the church. I am very thankful that I am a woman. Women are not inferior in any way to men; we simply have a different chemical makeup and nature. We are not the same, but we are completely equal in value. And, truly, I am quite alright with not having the priesthood, though it used to really bother me. The responsibilities involved with it can be very stressful. I'm glad that I can be there to support the priesthood rather than hold it. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Lela
We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of our church (it is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), and therefore He chooses the leader of the church. Prophets have been described as mouthpieces of the Lord; it only makes sense that the Lord would choose who His mouthpiece will be. Though the Lord chooses the prophet, the members of the church sustain each one. The members of the church do not "choose" who leads, but they accept, and there must be a majority in order for the president of the church to be sustained as such. Show more Show less