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Hi I'm Lee

I am a school reform artist and a mother of four. I fix schools, dinner, and lego creations. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work full-time for a non-profit organization doing national education reform work. I travel on a regular basis and work from home. The other full-time job I have is as a mother of four children ranging in ages 2-11 and my husband is working on a Ph.D I served a mission in the Canary Islands, Spain. I have several interests but haven't mastered any one thing. I think my children are fun to hang out with so that is my current most time consuming hobby.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that wasn't particularly religious so I didn't really understand why people practiced religion. I studied with a friend who was of another faith when I was in elementary school but the information I learned seemed unfair and confusing. I decided that religion wasn't for me for sure. When I started babysitting for a family when I was in high school, they introduced me to the missionaries who taught me some lessons on what Mormonism was all about. Even though I had really come to believe that religion was not essential to happiness, I was surprised that I really felt the truth of the words the missionaries taught. I was baptized a year later, right after my 16th birthday. I served my own mission 5 years after I was baptized and I had the opportunity to strengthen my testimony of the church by serving in Spain. I have found that by living the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I am able to have a level of happiness that I never thought I would experience in my life. The Lord blesses me with energy and strength to do things that I could not do alone and the guidelines of the church have always brought me a sense of peace, safety, and fulfillment beyond the secular life that I planned to have.

How I live my faith

I love to spend time with the other women at church. For many years I have been lucky enough to be a teacher in our women's organization and I feel a tremendous amount of joy when I teach and learn from the amazing women who come to our class at church. I have enjoyed singing in the choir in the past but right now we are pretty busy so the only choir I really sing in is in my apartment in which we sing, pray, and read scriptures together each night as a family.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

As a woman in the church I appreciate that men hold the priesthood. Women are responsible for carrying and birthing a child and that role cannot be given away. This is the same as the priesthood for men--while it blesses the men, it's sole purpose is to serve and give to others. Women in our church have access to all the priesthood blessings, they just do not bear the burden of carrying it. Women serve in leadership capacity in our church, traveling around the world to bless and speak to members, they serve as presidents and advisers of various organizations within the church, and they provide guidance and support to the priesthood in every organization of the church. Show more Show less