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Hi I'm Leah

I am a wife, mommy, published photographer, business coach and blogger for photographers... I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am always going... As in I never, ever stop. At least not until my head hits the pillow and then I'm out faster then the countdown before surgery. I am a stay at home mom to the three most enchanting and cunning little people I've ever met and a wife of 10 years to the man of my dreams. Totally cheesy but it's true. I knew after our first date that he was different and the guy I wanted to marry. Turned out it was the gospel that made him so different and eventually I chose to be different too. smile In my "spare time" (that's a complete joke) I am a business coach and blogger for other professional photographers. I love to learn, I am almost always reading 3 to 5 business books at a time. I absolutely love entertaining and cooking anything fancy (think pan sauces and fresh herbs) but dread having to cook boring normal weekly dinners. I am terrible at laundry and a little to awesome at talking (that means I talk to much). I am the only Mormon in my family. I joined the church when I was 19 years old. It was the best decision I have ever made. My life has changed... I have changed and I know that I am a better person because of it. I believe in thriving. I believe that all things ARE possible. I believe that kindness and service will take us further then resentment and rebuke. I believe in truth. I believe in JESUS CHRIST!

Why I am a Mormon

I went a a private baptist school growing up. I have always had a strong sense that Jesus loved me but there were many questions that I couldn't find answers to. I studied many religions from all over the world trying to get a better understanding of what my purpose here was. I still didn't feel any closer to an answer when at the age of 18 I started my first "real" job. There ended up being a couple Mormons that I worked with. That was one religion I had never studied - I had always been told to stay away from "them". It makes me sad now because I am such an advocate of learning and understanding all cultures and faiths as there is good everywhere. I was curious so I started asking some questions. It turned out that the guy I was asking the questions to had a bit of a crush on me and we began to date. He was so different then anyone I'd dated before - he was such a gentleman. I remember the first time I met his family, I thought they were faking "it" I had never seen such happy people and I thought that there was no way that this could be real! But each time I came back, it was the same. And eventually my gentleman asked me to marry him! Six months after we were married I was in between jobs and home alone, bored. My husband had always kept a Book of Mormon on the side of his bed. One day I secretly decided to read it. I didn't want to feel any pressure (no matter how unintentional) and I didn't want to hurt anyones feelings if I didn't believe it. I held the book and said a prayer. I asked God to help me know if this book was true or not. I received my answer. I felt the most excited and joyful feeling come over me, something that I had never before experienced and I knew that my life would never be the same. Some of my family was very upset about my decision but I had prayed and I had received an answer

How I live my faith

My faith is a way of life and I hope it's a reflection in all that I do and say. I am the happiest and I feel the closest to my savior when I am serving others and following the Lord's admonition to 'Love one another even as I have loved you'. My ways are small and may seem insignificant. For me it's helping an elderly man get his groceries into the car and then taking the time to listen as he tells me about his grandchildren. It's taking a friends kid's for a few hours when I realize that she's had a long night or bringing in a dinner to someone who's been sick... Most importantly it's forgiving myself when I over cook that dinner. These are all things that have been done for me when I've been in need. I know how BIG theses acts of service were for me and I am trying to follow the example and return the kindness as I am able to. I am far from perfect and that makes me very grateful to know that we're all just works in progress!

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Leah
I was raised going to a private baptist school. We had Bible class every day and so I've always known the Bible pretty well. I love the Bible and I know it's the word of God but I remember often being confused because there seemed to be contradiction... questions that emerged that couldn't be answered. I felt so much confusion and frustration because of my lack of understanding and inability to find answers. When I found and read The Book of Mormon my questions began to be answered and the divinity and truthfulness of the Bible became more and more apparent through the Book of Mormon. Lot's of people tried to tell me not to read it and not to listen to the Mormons but none of these people actually knew any Mormons themselves. Just like a bad rumor it was all here say. I wanted to know for myself so I got to know real Mormons, I read the Book of Mormon and I prayed about it. The best thing I could hope for anyone who is curious is to find out for yourself by personally reading The Book of Mormon and praying about it. Show more Show less