let why lead


I’m Erica Layne. Thank you so much for reading! My hope is that what you read here will help you live a purposeful life.

I write about marriage, motherhood, and personal development. I consider this my training ground for eventually writing a book on motherhood. I often ask for your input, because I genuinely love hearing how you handle various situations and issues, so please do chime in!

Why Let Why Lead

The concept behind the blog is to let why you live determine how you live. The name, in particular, stems from a quote from Dieter F. Uchtdorf:

“While understanding the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of the gospel is necessary, the eternal fire and majesty of the gospel springs from the ‘why.’ Seek out the majesty, the beauty, and the exhilarating joy of the ‘why’ of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

No matter your faith, I believe that continually questioning your intentions—the whys—will help you create the life you envision.

Notable Posts

If you’re new to Let Why Lead, these posts are a great place to start:


I have three children and am happily married to my opposite in many ways. I’m an Arizona native now living in the San Francisco area. I love hearing about people’s lives and hope to someday resume writing and publishing personal histories. For now, a blog and a family (and a whole lot of housework) are more than enough. I graduated in journalism from Brigham Young University. I teach Christ-centered songs to kids every Sunday. I laugh at myself often. I’m shooting for authentic. But mostly, I am grateful for any time you spend at Let Why Lead. I hope reading here helps you breathe easier.


Erica Layne
letwhylead {at} gmail {dot} com