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Hi I'm Len

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband of 17 years and a father of two who just reached their teens. I completed my undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and began my carrer in management in the automotive industry. I obtained my MBA from the University of Texas system in South Texas and am still working in the automotive industry as a corporate manager responsible for supplier quality in the North and South America regions. I am fluent in Spanish as a result of serving a full time mission in South America, and working in Mexico for nine years In South America, bicycling is very popular and it captured my interest tremendously. I have been a fanatic of cycling and especially the Tour de France for the last 22 years. I love going to movies with my wife and watching sporting events with my son--we especially like watching hockey during the playoffs.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are converts to the church before they got married so I was born into the church. I went through the process of growing up in the church which means I was baptized when I was eight years old. I went through the Young Men's program as most boys, planning to go on a mission when I reached the age of 19. However, as I got older, my interest in going on a mission declined and my interest in my career increased. I wanted to become an actor so I began applying to all of the top theater arts schools in the country. Part of the application process was to write an essay explaining why I wanted to study acting and perform on the stage. This task made me really think about what it is that I liked about acting and after struggling over this for days, I came to the conclusion that I enjoyed making people feel good through acting, helping them discover something new, or maybe even changing their life. After coming to this conclusion I felt that there would really be no better way to have a lasting impact on someone's life than by serving a mission. This changed my life tremendously. Still, without a firm conviction of the gospel--to this point I relied on my parents testimony--I decided to serve a mission. The mission gave me a chance to dedicate all of my time to learning and as I did this, I gained a testimony of the principles of the gospel. I came to know who Jesus Christ is and the sacrifice he made for me. I discovered truths that were taught to me at an earlier age, but now knew them to be true for myself. The key to all of this was a desire to know if Joseph Smith truly saw God and Jesus Christ. I yearned to know this because I knew that I couldn't fulfill my duties as a missionary without knowing this in my heart. Through many prayers and efforts, I finally received confirmation from the Holy Ghost in a way that it spoke to my spirit. This experience was the turning point that changed my life, and is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Since I have two children in their early teenage years, it is very important to me that I live my faith more fully than ever. I know that they are watching me and even though they are trying to become their own persons, I know that my example to them will impact their lives. Currently I serve as the leader of our ward missionary work and work closely with the full time missionaries. I teach the newly baptized members and those investigating the church in our Sunday School class on Sunday's, and work with the missionaries during the week in visiting and coordinating visits to members and those receiving lessons from the missionaries. One of my favorite things to do is to chaperone the youth when they go to the temple. My wife works with the youth (young women) and I have two children in the youth program which gives me plenty of opportunities to join them as they go to the temple. It's great to see my whole family together in the temple and this gives me a sample of what it will be like to be with our Heavenly Father together as a family. I love being a Mormon because it has brough great happiness and joy to me and my family.