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Hi I'm Leah

I am a mother and wife. I love spending time with my family, being outdoors and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 My life is my family. My husband and I have one son and would love to receive more children, but that hasn't seemed to be in the cards for us thus far. I watch friend's children full time and in that way have filled our home with the sounds of little laughter. As a family we do as much camping and traveling as possible. We love to run, hike, bike ride and play all different sports. We are also gamers. We enjoy boardgames with friends on the weekends while our kids run amuck playing with each other. Finally, our more extravagant likes lay in theater arts. We enjoy both going to and performing in musicals and plays. My husband and I both play piano and sing. We have a great love for music and the emotions that it stirs.

Why I am a Mormon

 I was born into this faith but I have my own conversion story. I was always a pretty good kid. I made the mistakes any normal teenager would and I felt the spirit often enough to know that I was in the right place religiously but relied greatly on the testimony of my parents and peers to confirm my beliefs. Shortly after college I moved half the country away from my family and friends. I was alone, in a new place with a job that consumed most of my time, including Sundays when I should be at church. For 3 months I did not attend any church meetings. My father asked me every week if I had found my singles ward and each time I told him I had to work on Sunday and had been unable. This was all an excuse. I was truly and honestly out on my own for the first time, I was a little frightened at the thought and seeing as how work was my only anchor to where I was living, I found it easiest to schedule myself as often as possible and avoid everything else. I wasn't lost. I still understood and lived by my basic moral values. But I found myself praying less. Finally, only out of fear of having to answer my father's question disappointingly again, I took a Sunday off and found my singles ward. And I was home. I don't remember what was spoken about that day or even the lesson that was taught in Sunday School. But I do remember the overwhelming Spirit testifying to me that I was hearing the truth and that I was where I was supposed to be. That ward became my family away from home. I was supported, loved and taken care of. And I have felt that feeling over and over again in the years following through life's experiences. I have seen the Power of the Priesthood work miracles in my life and I have seen the blessings that have come from testfying of the gospel to others. I have been witness to lives changing, challenges being overcome and the acceptance of this truth by others. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and through him the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth in these last days. And I know and am thankful for a living Prophet today who guides, instructs and shares the truth of our Heavenly Father to all the corners of the earth that all mankind may return to live with our Father in His presence. I share these things in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

 I've worked with the youth of the church for most of my adult years. Between Primary 18mos. to 11 yr. olds and Young Womens 12 to 18 yr. olds I've spent 12 years teaching, working with and spending time with the youth. I've organized girl's camp, dance festivals, talent shows, firesides, dances and many other activities that have, hopefully, enriched the lives of the youth of the church. In all this time, one of my hopes is that I've taught these children that there are not just satisfying but fulfilling activities they can enjoy that don't involve some of the things the world deem important to having "fun" such as alcohol, drugs, and sex outside of marriage. My other hope is that I've shared and expressed my testimony of Jesus Christ to them enough that they know of His love for them and the love our Heavenly Father has for each and every one of his children.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Leah
 A ward consists of a group of people living in a particular geographical area. For organization it determines where your church meetings are held and the time they are held. It also means you are going to church with the same group of people every week. This forms a sense of community, family and close friendships. A Branch is the same thing as a Ward, only smaller. Usually formed in areas where the church is very small, but growing and there isn't enough leadership in the area to yet form a Ward. A Stake is a larger geographical area that consists of many Wards and/or Branches. Usually 6 to 10 Wards and/or Branches will make up a Stake.  Show more Show less