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Hi I'm Lila

I'm a strong-minded, spirited, independent Alaskan woman, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small, incredibly beautiful maritime community surrounded by a loving family. I love being outdoors and so appreciate the beauty of the earth. As a child, I loved to paint, dance and sing and I loved music. Music is still very important to me. I have had a vast pallet of experiences--hunting, fishing, sewing, commercial fishing for salmon, picking berries, growing in outdoor gardens and a greenhouse, singing in community choirs. I never thought I would have the patience to quilt, but now each grandkid who graduates from high school gets a quilt from their Gramma, and I love designing the colors and prints. I have always been a very curious person and love learning about many, many things, including the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I come from hard-working, independent, kind and loving parents whose values have influenced my life for the better in countless ways. They taught me to have faith in God, to try to be a good person, to work hard and to be loyal to those things which are important in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young person just out of high school, I had an invitation to meet with some missionaries to learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I still clearly remember the feeling I had when they shared with me what the Book of Mormon was, who those people were in that book. I have descended from Native Americans, as well as Europeans, and I feel strongly that the Book of Mormon has been very sacred to me because of my Native American heritage. That feeling I experienced when I first learned about the Book of Mormon has never left me. That feeling was the Holy Ghost bearing witness to me that their words were true. I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints some time later, and feel that this has been one of the greatest blessing in my life.

How I live my faith

Having been a member of The Church for many years, I have had the opportunity to serve in many callings, which has enabled me to learn and serve in ways I might never have been able to without this association. I have taught children, youth and adult women in a variety of classes. One of my most interesting responsibilities was to assist members of our church obtain foods which they could put into long-term storage , thereby helping them become more self-sufficient. I have learned to direct music for our congregation, which is a skill I developed as I served. My husband and I have served a full-time mission for our church, which was a gratifying and fulfilling experience as we shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people who wanted to know more about our church.