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Hi I'm Leigh

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a university student who adores writing and reading all things fantasy. In addition, I'm also an artist of moderate skill. My whole world exists in a gentle balance of reality and imagination, with an adult-like understanding of truths and a child-like interpretation of the world around me.

Why I am a Mormon

I may have been born and raised in the church, but my testimony has been tried and tested to the point where if it wasn't my own, I should have left the church now, as an adult. I believe it firmly; in my darkest times of need, and in my brightest moments of happiness, God has been there. I do not feel other churches encourage the kind of relationship with God that the LDS church does, and I have needed an intimate relationship with Him. When I was about fourteen, my father left my family. Without God there to rely on as my Heavenly Father, and without the structure of the church to have home teachers, I would have collapsed in on my hunger for a male figure where my father once was. In addition, I have had a very long struggle with an addiction that I am now only able to overcome, and overcome all the additional repercussions, thanks to the help of Heavenly Father and the assistance the Church could offer me, from my Bishop to Family services. My addiction is the darkest place in my life, what threatened to destroy me. Without this faith to help me through it and protect me, I would not be as well-off, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally, as I am. This church is true and I feel it in everything I do, from the small things such as losing my key and finding it through prayer to fighting something I could not stand against alone - my addiction - and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As a student, I live in a student ward. There is little age variance in the ward, the youngest of us eighteen or nineteen and freshmen, the oldest of us in the late twenties and graduate students. The only exception is our Bishop. As such, we live not too unlike most college students with only two important exceptions: There is no partying where there is drinking or explicit activities. However, we are still able to have as much fun as any other student, without the hangovers and the regrets, without totally destroying our academic life in exchange for fun or social acceptance. It makes for a much more balanced life, keeping the Word of Wisdom (which means we do not drink) and the Law of Chastity as a student. In addition, the break from school every Sunday and every hour I have Institute to receive spiritual nourishment is sweeter than any Saturday spent without homework.