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Hi I'm Lea

I've worked in Internet development for 15+ years. I'm mom of four. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a bachelors degree in Comparative Religion from a secular school. I enjoy the fine arts such as painting, drawing, photography, and other artsy stuff like singing. I love to travel and have seen much of Europe and spent time in France in my mid-twenties. I married my husband after meeting in the Internet industry. He was not a Mormon at the time and joined the church after a year of marriage. We now have four small kids and are living a conservative life in a very liberal, urban city.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother church-hopped for years. Eventually, she settled on Catholicism when I was fourteen. I attended church with my family, but I was already atheistic by that age and did not develop an anchor in that religion. I was curious about religion because spirituality was alien to me, and read about all kinds of traditions on my own. I eventually made a strong connection to a Latter-Day Saint family. After three years of exploring this religion, found it not only intellectually satiating, but also personally inspiring. I joined before my 21st birthday.

How I live my faith

I currently serve adults in the church by teaching Sunday school. At home, my husband and I are the primary source of spiritual lessons for my children, and the church echoes those lessons. Because of my exposure in my youth to religious apathy, I am concerned with being constant in belief and action. I want my kids to know I truly believe, and that I would do and think the same whether they lived with me or not.

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

The church understands that there are unique traditions in every culture and does not enforce structure, dates, or rituals around such things and Easter and Christmas. It is left to the individual and families and regions of members to celebrate as they wish. My family observes Christmas, but unlike most latter-day saints who live in our region, we do not include the "Santa Claus" traditions in our Christmas morning. We like to have a Passover meal around Easter because it reflects the Last Supper and brings light to the sacrament service in our Sunday services. Other Latter-day Saints we know prefer to celebrate with Easter baskets and other common traditions. Such choices are not an issue in terms of what matters most in Latter-Day Saint practice and general church culture. The church is most concerned with consistency in Sunday services and sacred rites. Show more Show less