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Hi I'm Leigh.

I'm a cold cereal enthusiast and an aspiring Kindergarten teacher. I'm a world traveler. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My dad's in the Air Force, so I grew up all over the place. Moving every few years was rough, but you can't beat traipsing through Europe in elementary school. I'm the oldest of five kids, and my whole family plays soccer. Now I'm at college majoring in the Humanities; basically, I get to study everything! It's the ideal major for an indecisive person with eclectic taste like mine. After graduating, I hope to join the Teach For America corps to help improve literacy in struggling communities. Right now I'm working in the university's library, helping people with their research and toting around 300-year-old books by turns. Life is pretty fantastic. I love cheesy sports movies, every flavor of ice cream, and music from Motown to country. One of these days, I'll manage to keep running long enough to do a marathon... or at least a 5K! My roommates could tell you that I eat more cold cereal than any other human being on earth, but I make a mean meatloaf. From study abroad in India to interning in Italy, I love to travel.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members of the church, so I grew up attending Sunday meetings and other activities. I was baptized when I was eight, just like most kids from member families. When I was 14, I went to a church meeting for young women. One of the speakers talked about her own learning experience with the Book of Mormon and the power of daily scripture study. I decided that I needed to read the Book of Mormon for myself and also began recording my thoughts about the experience in a daily journal. This habit improved my quality of life so profoundly that I kept reading through other books of scripture and almost finished the whole Old Testament in a single run of daily reading! The witness I got that God still cares about His children and speaks to them both through written scripture and modern revelation has stuck with me through thick and thin. Now that I'm married, I have a whole new resolve to keep living my commitments. My church teaches that families can be together not just in this life but also throughout eternity. I can't imagine anything better than the chance to be with your family forever, and that makes every bit of effort 100 percent worth it. It's not always easy to overcome my stubbornness and be obedient to God's commandments, but I have seen countless blessings in my life because of small efforts. Thanks to Jesus Christ's atonement for us, we get the chance to start new each day and progress little by little. It's often slow going, but the opportunity to be with those I love forever keeps me moving.

How I live my faith

I participate in my church by playing the piano in our weekly Sunday women's meeting. My husband and I have also been assigned to help with missionary work in our congregation, so we get to welcome new members and come up with ideas to strengthen our own church group. We enjoy taking meals to other church members when circumstances in their lives necessitate a little extra help. We're also trying to take care of a small garden so that we can be more self-reliant, just as modern-day prophets have counseled. The best part about my religion is that I get to live it each and every day in the small details, rather than just once a week in church meetings.