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Hi I'm Leilani

I grew up in a military home, am attending college, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in various states, was always "the new kid", and many of the schools I attended had a low population of Mormons. Keeping the commandments wasn't always easy when surrounded by a wide variety of other options and influences contrary to what I was taught. So, I found comfort in music that drove me to do well. I blocked out the noise of the world and surrounded myself with people who built me up. I focused on the simple things that brought the most beauty and peace to my life (frost on the foliage, tunes of a bird, the silence that accompanies the world early in the morning, etc.). Though days may have been grim sometimes, those small moments were constant. I turned my love for drawing into time I could ponder the Savior and ways I could improve. My drawings reflected what my heart longed for: to be with Him, and make Him proud of who I had become. I yearned to be perfect, but recognized that wasn't realistic. So the scriptures became a constant reminder that as long as I genuinely did my best, then with the Savior's help, nothing would be impossible and I could stand strong in the hardest of decisions. Because in standing alone against all odds, help would be sent and others would have the strength to stand alone also, that as a whole, around the world, we may stand together, nothing wavering. Even after high school, I've found that peace, understanding and humility in the face of hardship, always brought better results than trying to prove a point.

Why I am a Mormon

There is no monetary value in being a member of the church--we do not get paid. What we do is voluntary. Why then are we so motivated to stay? For me personally, I love my Savior. I can say that with complete truth & admiration toward Him. I can't imagine leaving His side. There has been SO much good brought to my life only after I've accepted His help. I have tried handling things on my own, & I always fall short. But when I think about things long-term, there is no situation I want to face by myself. I see Him as, & believe Him to be, my brother, whom I have waited all this time to see again. I think about personal miracles I've witnessed & things that I never thought would happen, coming true, & it leaves no room for doubt in my mind. No matter what situation tries to pull me away, I always come back, eager to be in His embrace. With every fiber of my being, I believe Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ love us beyond words, with a love so complete, & so full, that it is unmistakable & can fill our whole beings & THEN some with every good feeling imaginable. I believe that there is no one who is forgotten, & that of every creation, they know each of us by name. I feel closer to home when I associate with this church, than I do in any other situation. I don't have to be afraid when I know Heavenly Father will always come through & do what's best. I don't have to dwell on negative things when I'm overwhelmed if I pray to have Him comfort my restless heart. With His help I can accomplish great things I never knew I could. I'm a member, because out of all the choices I could make in life, this is the only one that never has a bad ending. Of all the hardship one can endure, I believe this to be the only religion that no matter what, there is always hope for you. Which means that you are never too broken, never too alone, never so far gone that you can't come back, but most of all, never forgotten. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life, I was always taught that service was a simple way to show immense care for someone, and that one small gesture may change a life for the better. Ever since I can remember, service was common in our home, whether it was giving someone a ride, offering a warm place to sleep, making a meal for a tired and worn out family, visiting someone in the hospital, lending a listening ear, giving spare clothes, holding someone while they cried, befriending someone forgotten, cleaning a yard for someone unable to do it themselves, helping friends with homework, giving compliments to a complete stranger, delivering cookies to people we didn't even know, or whatever the case may be. That was the influence I grew up around, and it has always been a huge part of my life. There is little that brings the satisfaction of someone smiling in appreciation for something you've done for them. Words can't describe how rewarding that is. Due to this, I try to emulate the teachings of my parents, and I live by a quote President Thomas S. Monson said: "Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved." I go to Institute and church to learn how to be a better person, because there is always room for improvement, and for all those people out there, I want to be an example for good. I want to help them feel better. I want to be the helping hand and the friend they can always count on. To those who are looked down on, I want to show them they're important and more than what the world sees them to be. I try to look at people as the Savior would, and do what He would do. What Would Jesus Do? He'd love you.