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Hi I'm Mei Li

My husband and I have 12 children. Ten came biologically, then we adopted one child from Guatemala and the other from Kazakhstan.

About Me

After my college studies and a mission to London, England, I married my knight-in-shining armor. Because of school and work our little family started in Utah but we soon moved all around the country. We lived in Ohio, Arizona, California, and Texas. And in each new place a precious child or two were born. After a spiritual prompting, we decided to pursue an international adoption from Kazakhstan. Our wonderful little boy was such a joy that a few years later we adopted again. This time a smiling girl from the beautiful country Guatemala came to home. With a full house something exciting is always happening. Our family loves music--violin, cello, piano, trumpet, bassoon, french horn, and guitar are the instruments we play. Everyone sings. But that does not stop my boys on the football field. All of our many boys play football and play it well. Two of my children are serving missions in Central America and two of my older children teach elementary school. We love ice cream, swimming, and fireworks in the summertime and hot chocolate, sledding, and snowmobiling in the winter. Although having a large family is the hardest thing I have ever done. I feel so deeply satisfied when a child accomplishes a goal--like learning to read, or learns an important lesson--like telling the truth is best. I relish in all of my children's differences and their unique souls. I feel they are from a higher place then here and have an incredible potential for an even higher place ahead.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I choose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a child I was raised in a home where both of my parents were members and I felt their devotion to the gospel and their love of the Savior. But as I grew and became more familiar with the different thoughts and beliefs around me, questions came. I studied and asked and prayed. Then one night after finishing the entire Book of Mormon, I knelt on my bedroom floor and asked Heavenly Father if this book really was the word of God. Very simply and straightforward I received the most powerful feeling inside my soul. And I knew it was the Holy Ghost testifying to me that it was true. When I found out for myself the truth, I made the effort to follow the guidelines and commandments of Jesus Christ. I was not doing it because my parents told me to do it. I was making good choices because I wanted to. After two years of college study, I took a break from the academic world and served a mission. I was called to the London, England mission where I gave tours in the Hyde Park Visitor Centre and I taught gospel lessons to people who wanted to know more. Those days were precious to me. Both my learning and my testimony expanded. How I loved reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon extensively and bearing my testimony of these holy books to others who wanted to know. When I returned home and was married my husband and I committed to raise our family in the gospel of Jesus Christ. For we knew that was the most important thing we could do in this life. Jesus Christ sacrificed for each of us so that we might live after we died and that we can change from ignorant, selfish beings to sons and daughters of the Most High God. Truly this knowledge is the best gift we can give ourselves, our children, our family, and our friends. I am a Mormon because I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way we can truly be happy and successful in this life and in the life to come.

How I live my faith

As a mother I feel like I am on the front line of LIFE. I feel that I am directly helping my Heavenly Father by taking care of my family. The simple things of life are so important. How to brush your teeth, how to pray, how to grow a vegetable, how to read the scriptures are small lessons in the day of a child. But with each lesson learned a stronger son or daughter emerges to further the cause of Christ. I make a big effort to support our schools and often volunteer to help out in the classroom. Education is vital to the success of a child. From helping a child with a word problem to working the library I try to assist where there is need. I love being with the children and seeing them broaden their minds. I also love to bring music into the learning process. Each week I teach the children in our congregation songs of the gospel. We sing about how much Heavenly Father loves each of us and how we should follow Jesus Christ. With games, imaginary play, and colorful pictures we learn the melody and words to songs that lift the children to Christ. I love hearing their voices. To learn songs of the gospel of Jesus Christ, will bless their lives because it gives them a tool for difficult times. If a child is frightened or something bad happens, they can sing these songs and remember that they are children of God and He loves them. The beginning of faith is born in a song. As a part of a congregation who has taken the name of Jesus on them, I visit a few women in my neighborhood every month to give them a spiritual thought and an encouraging word. I feel that when I was baptized into Christ's church that now I need to act as He would act if He were here. So I become involved in these women's lives--visiting them frequently, getting to know their family and circumstances, and becoming a part of their lives. It never fails we become fast friends. Then in hard times I have people to lean on and I have the privilege of lifting up them when their lives get difficult.