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Hi I'm Leah

I'm a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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.

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.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Leah
We dress for church in our "Sunday best" whenever possible. However, anyone is allowed to come to church regardless of their dress. We dress up because we feel like it helps keep with the spirit of the Sabbath and helps remind us what Sundays are for. It also shows respect and reverence for our Heavenly Father that we would want to look our best for Him on His day. We observe most every holiday. We like to have fun and often there are parties for families at Christmastime and Halloween. We celebrate Christmas and Easter with seasonal music and special firesides. We do not attend church on Christmas unless it falls on a Sunday. We believe that families should spend time together on holidays. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Leah
The Book of Mormon is literally aother testament of Jesus Christ. It is the writings of people who live in the Americas before and after the coming of Christ. It is the experiences and history of those people as the coming of Christ is prophisied, at His coming, and after his death. There were prophets in the Americas at that time who were descendants of Israelites who had left Jerusalem. The people in the Americas were also visited by the resurrected Christ and he preached to them and healed many of them. Joseph Smith obtained the records from a hill near his home in upstate New York. He learned of them through various visitations and instructions from an angel. He translated them through the power of God. Show more Show less