Hi I'm Leah
I am a stay-at-home-mom to my three children. Our son is 5 years old and we have 3 year old twin daughters. I love to take my kids out to see things. We don't stay at home too much. We love the zoo, museums, hiking, walks, libraries, and swimming. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to stay at home with my children. Sometimes it gets difficult with three preschoolers. But I know that these years with them at home are precious and I'll never get them back. I'm glad I made the choice to be home with them at this time in their lives.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up in suburban Denver in a family with two children. My parents came from different Christian backgrounds but left their respective churches before my brother or I were born. We were raised in a basically agnostic household. When I was in high school, I was really searching for something to hold on to spiritually. I explored a few different religions Christian and non-Christian but it wasn't until I met the missionaries and attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that things clicked for me. I finally felt spiritually at home somewhere. I love that our church has a lay clergy, it gives everyone an opportunity to serve and no one is getting rich off of church service. I also love the doctrine of salvation for the dead. My mother would often speak of her concern as a child for the welfare of people in lands that had never even heard of Jesus Christ. Through this doctrine everyone who has lived or ever will live has the chance to accept or reject the gospel. I am Mormon because so many of the big questions have been answered by the doctrine of the church. I know that I lived with my Father in Heaven before being born on the earth. I know that I can have a personal relationship with Him through prayer. I know he knows me and has a plan for me in my life. I know that the atonement of Jesus Christ can heal us from our sins and transgression and help us become perfect so that one day we can live in the presence of God again. I also know that the atonement can heal us from the pains of mortality. That when we are in pain because of life on earth or because of the wrongdoings of someone else, the atonement works in those aspects of life as well. We can be healed and made whole from our struggles on earth. We might not be freed from those struggles, but Jesus Christ will give us the strength to make it through and can heal our hearts from the pain we feel.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
I love Matt 11:28-30, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. I love this scripture because whenever I am overwhelmed or dealing with something difficult in my life, I know that I can give those difficulties to the Lord. He wants me too. He knows and I know that if I can let Him carry my burdens, that it will become light to me. Things will become easier. There have been times in my life when I endured trials and found myself feeling alone in darkness. During those times when I've been able to remember the Lord's promise and leaned on Him to carry me through, are the times I've grown so close to the Lord, those have been the times I know he's worked miracles in my life. He's helped me see past myself to relief that lies ahead.
How I live my faith
I've had the chance to serve with the young children in the church. I loved being able to watch their faith grow. Realizing how the gospel has worked in their lives, through answered prayers and living a righteous life. Right now I'm responsible for helping out people that are experiencing extra burdens in their life by arranging for people to visit them or bring meals.