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Hi I'm Leigh Levi

I am 60 years old and have been a Mormon for 35 of 60 years

About Me

I have been a member of the Church for 37 of my 61 years and have no regrets at ever having made the decision to be baptized. In my Church life I have served in many callings. I have served in 5 Bishoprics in the callings from Bishopric Councilor, Executive Secretary and Ward Clerk. I have also twice been a Ward Mission Leader, Primary Teacher, Sunday School Teacher. I Have served in several Sunday School Presidencies, and as a Family History Consultant, and Ward Newsletter Editor and my latest calling is as the Ward Website Supervisor. I, am now on a Disability support Pension, having previously been a Project Engineer, Gunsmith Technician, Marine Engineer, Automation's Technician, Computer Technician and Network Engineer, In 2006 I became the World's most published Amateur Poet in Books and Electronic Media. I was awarded Published Poet Awards, along with Editor's Choice Awards over a number of years. Being a Latter-day Saint by not attending the Annual Poet's Conference in Las Vegas, I made myself ineligible for the $20,000 US Dollar prize. I am glad, because I would much prefer to live my religion, and honour God for the talent's given unto me, than be honoured and feted by Men. Living one's beliefs is more important than following the trends and fashions of the World. They will not bring Men Salvation. In June of last year I was in Hospital unable to move due to two bulging disks in my spine pressing on my sciatic nerve today I am back training on a road racing bike.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? the answer is quite simple. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true in all its aspects, Doctrine, Principles and teachings. I have had 35 years to prove or disprove these things but I have yet to find one single solitary fault in any of these things. When I joined, I knew without a shadow of doubt that this was the true Church of Jesus Christ on the Earth. No man or woman told me this, but I knew from the confirmation from the Holy Ghost that this was an absolute truth, and when I went down into the waters of Baptism I had now passed the point of no return and could not turn back. I went into those waters of baptism with my eyes wide open and knew the decision I had made was the correct decision, and I was committed to the long journey of learning and experience and my own personal growth and eternal progression. I consider it a great privilege to be a member of this the Lord's true Church of Jesus Christ upon the Earth today and to have held the Priesthood and authority for the last 35 years has been the making of my life and the moulding of my Character. I know with every fibre of my being this Gospel is true and I would not give up my faith for all the riches of the world. The most prized possession is my testimony and the knowledge of the true Nature and Character of God and Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I strive daily to live my religion by placing my faith and trust in God and my Saviour, Jesus Christ and by seeking to do all that they would have do. My religion is centred in Jesus Christ 24 hrs a day and 7 days a week and as his Disciple I diligently try to follow his Commandment, teachings, and examples. By having traced both my own Patriarchal and Paternal Lines on both sides of my family back to Adam I have discovered that I am direct bloodlines of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and that I am the 81st Generation Great Grandson of Abraham. I am grateful to know of my heritage and God's promises to Abraham and his seed, and that I too can receive the promised blessings of Abraham, Issac and Jacob predicated upon my own personal worthiness. I am striving to be a better person Today than I was Yesterday, and a better person Tomorrow than I was Today. I rely upon upon God, and Jesus Christ for all my blessings of life, rather than upon the arm of flesh, and upon Men and their wisdom and intellect. It is my belief that we were all placed upon this Earth to help one another to become the person that God, and Christ desire for each of us to become. Serving one another is a great joy and a blessing. As one scripture states that " when you are in the service of your fellowmen, you are only in the service of your God". When I ask myself if I have done any good in the World Today I like the answer to be a positive yes. If not it saddens me and I determine to do much better Tomorrow.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Leigh Levi
A testimony is what we know in our Souls to be true and comes through the witness of the Holy Ghost unto our Souls. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Leigh Levi
The purpose of the Church Welfare Services is to ensure none of its membership go hungry or cold or without the basic necessities of life and teaches the Church Members how to budget properly, ways of becoming self sufficient and to help and advise members suffering from emotional, behavioural problems and mental related issues. It also designs programs of a welfare nature for use throughout the Church and local Units. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Leigh Levi
Mormonism teaches that to become eligible for Salvation men must be baptized by total immersion by one holding the Priesthood and the power and authority of Jesus Christ. Baptism is only the beginning of man's search for happiness and the sarting point for the achevial of Salvation or Eternal Life (God's Life) or life in the presence of God. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Leigh Levi
The Priesthood is the power and authority given unto righteous men to act in the name of God and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Leigh Levi
The Church finances its operation from the tithes and offerings of faithful Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Leigh Levi
I attribute the growth of the Church to people seeing that we do not change our principles or follow the ways of the World. We remain stable in all our Doctrines and Teachings and follow Jesus Christ seeking to emulate his examples, and people are drawn to this and desire to become part of it. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Leigh Levi
We don't have paid Clergy because every worthy Male over the age of 12 years hold either the Aaronic Priesthood or Melchizedek Priesthood and therefore we have no need of paid Clergy. Everyone of us serves in some calling or capacity in the Church at some time. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Leigh Levi
Mormon women are like many ordinary woman with modesty and homemaking skills second to none. Men and Women in the Church are regarded as equal partners with men designated as head of the household due to his Priesthood. Both share equally in the blessings of the Priesthood. Although the men and women of the Church fulfill different rolls they are one in unity for there is neither a man without a women or vice versa a Woman without a Man and together they are one. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Leigh Levi
Baptisms for the dead were practiced in Christ's original Church and as there was a restoration in these Ordinances in these latter days of Christ's Church, and because of revelations received by the Prophet Joseph Smith we follow the ordinances, principles, doctrines and the teachings of Jesus Christ as was practiced in his original Church. The members in Christ's early Church were refered to as Saints. And because Christ's true Church was restored in these latter days we are called Latter-day Saints to distinguish us from the earlier Saints of Christ's Church and hence comes the name the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe in Christ, we teach of Christ, and we seek to follow his examples unto all mankind. We have also been given revelation that men cannot be saved without their righteous dead, and by being saved means Salvation and families united together for all Time and Eternity. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Leigh Levi
Wards, Stakes and Branches are local units of the Church in the areas in which it's membership resides. Stakes are the larger Units and encompass the overseeing of both Wards and Branches. A Stake is run by a Stake President and two Councillor s assisted by a Stake High Council comprised of 12 High Priests. A Ward is overseered by a Bishop and two Councillor s assisted in the running of the Ward by a Ward Council made up of Auxiliary Leaders from within the Ward. A Branch is a smaller Unit with in a Stake and is administered by a Branch President and two Councillor s assisted in the running of the Branch by a Branch Council made up of Auxiliary Leaders from within the Branch. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Leigh Levi
There are so many things that testify to me there is a God. My sincere prayers are answered. I have had the Holy Ghost witness to my Eternal Soul that there is indeed a God and that He is the very Father of our Spirits. I can observe Nature and realize nothing happens by chance, but that there is order in everything. I have experienced many miracles in my own and family's lives. I have seen miracles in the lives of others. I have been able to use my Priesthood powers and authority to heal the sick and afflicted. I have heard the voice of God in my own life in the whispering of the Spirit unto my Eternal Soul so much so that I am left in no doubt to the existence of God. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Leigh Levi
Modesty and Chastity are an expression of our love and reverence of God and a sign of recognition that our bodies are the Sacred Tabernacles of our Eternal Spirits. Modesty and Chastity are companions and an expression of our moral consciences and our willingness to be obedient to the sacredness of the Commandments of God in keeping our bodies pure and clean before God and Jesus Christ. Parents teach their Children these Godly Attributes by their own examples of modesty in speech, though and actions and their commitment to always remain chaste and pure before God. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Leigh Levi
We believe in a Saviour because he is a true and living being and who literally atoned for all the Sins of all Mortal Men. He did for us, that which we as mortal Men were not able to do for ourselves. it is my sincere witness and testimony that Jesus is the Christ, the Saviour and Redeemer of all mankind whom will accept him and his Atoning Sacrifice. We invite and entice all Men to come unto Christ and avail ourselves of the Atonement and Redemption of Jesus Christ Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Leigh Levi
We believe that this mortal life is a probational and preparatory state in which each person has the opportunity to make choices according to Eternal Laws, in which they can determine their own Eternal Destinies with obedience being the First Law of Heaven. Man has his own agency and freedom of choice to be able to achieve his own Eternal Salvation and to fulfill the measure of his own creation. God's Plan of Happiness offers every mortal Man and Woman the opportunity to become as God and Jesus Christ now are. Perfected, Eternal and Exalted beings in their own right becoming Joint Heirs with Jesus Christ to all that God has to offer us.We have the potential to become Eternal Families for all time and Eternity. Show more Show less