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Hi I'm Leah H

I grew up in a family of five. I want to be a voice over actress. I like vegetables. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a college student, majoring in acting and minoring in linguistics. I hope to get a career in voice over, doing audio book narration, cartoons, commercials and such. I like to read, especially science fiction and fantasy. I love manga and anime, which are Japanese comics and cartoons based on those comics, respectively. I like to cook, but I don't like doing the dishes afterwards. I knit copiously. I make jewelry, although I rarely wear what I make because I usually give it to someone else. The thing I am most self-conscious about is my weight. My biggest fear is spiders. My favorite vegetable is the pea, followed by the brussel sprout. While I cannot say for myself if I am funny or not, I have been told that I have a good sense of humor.

Why I am a Mormon

Sometimes I think that members of the Church and non-members alike think that a conversion should be like that of Paul--a magnificent experience which leaves you without any doubt about the gospel. Or at least a bolt of knowledge shot straight from Heaven to your mind. I cannot think of a moment where I can say "before this I didn't believe but afterwards I did." The reason I believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, the reason I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the reason I am a Mormon is because I have received numerous small, slow, steady confirmations by the Holy Ghost of the truthfulness of this Gospel. A prayer answered here gives me testimony that God lives, listens, and loves us. A lesson there strengthens my testimony of prophets. A service project there fills me with a testimony of charity. This is not to say that a testimony is built upon events, but that a testimony is cultivated by the Spirit which accompanies accompanies those who are diligently seeking Heavenly Father. I know that the fullness of God's teachings are taught within this church. This knowledge, this faith in Heavenly Father, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily. With every choice, I show my faith in Heavenly Father's plan and my obedience to His teachings. I choose to wear a camisole under a shirt that dips too low because I want to prove to Heavenly Father that I am following His commandment to be modest. "To be modest" means to present yourself in a way that doesn't distract from who you are. I choose to brush my teeth every morning because I want to show that I am taking care of the body Heavenly Father gave to me. (Plus, I don't want to spend more than I have to at the dentist.) In my ward, I have been called to serve on the Temple Committee. A temple is a sacred building in which members perform ordinances for themselves and others in order to build up God's kingdom on Earth. My duties on this committee are to find women who have not had the opportunity to enter the temple and talk to them about what to expect when they go. Then, I attend with them their first time so that they don't get lost. Hopefully, within the year I will be serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This means that I will dedicate eighteen months of my life to preaching the gospel, helping the poor and needy, and abstaining from music, television, and other media that don't uplift.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Leah H
There are three sections to a typical Sunday service: Sacrament meeting, Sunday School, and Primary, Young Women, Young Men, Priesthood or Relief Society. Sacrament meeting usually runs between an hour and an hour and fifteen minutes. It begins with any announcements for the congregation, followed by a hymn and a prayer. Afterwards, any business for the ward or stake takes place. Then a sacrament hymn is sung, then the sacrament is passed. First a blessing is said over the bread which has been broken into small pieces. The bread is passed throughout the congregation and then the same process is repeated for the water. After this, three members of the congregation speak on gospel topics. To be honest, some speakers are boring and some are very enlightening. In between the speakers, a rest hymn may be sung by the congregation, ward choir, or soloist. No clapping is permitted within the chapel due to the sacred nature of the room and the disruptive quality of clapping. Last, a hymn and prayer. Sunday School lasts about half an hour and is presented by a member of the ward. It is usually based on a selected chapters from a body of scripture. Sunday School is split up according to age: 3-8, 8-12, 12-18, 18+. Those under 3 go to nursery. After Sunday School, the children go to Primary where lessons appropriate to their age are taught. Girls 12-18 go to Young Women's classes. Boys 12+ go to Priesthood and women 18+ to Relief Society. This last block of classes lasts about an hour. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Leah H
Certainly not! Almost every service project I have done as a member has been for those not of our faith. Show more Show less

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

Leah H
For church, the men should wear white button down shirts with nice slacks and a tie. Women wear nice skirts and blouses or dresses. Flip flops and other casual footwear are frowned upon. Denim is not "Sunday best." Mormons celebrate Christmas and Easter as a world wide church. Other holidays can be celebrated at the member's choice. Family Home Evening is a custom where one night a week is set aside so that the family can be together. A typical family home evening consists of a hymn, any business the family needs to discuss, a lesson on a gospel topic, a game or activity, a prayer, and food. The lesson and activity can be taught or led by any member of the family. Other family customs include daily family prayer and scripture study. Young boys are encouraged to participate in Boy Scouts. Girls from twelve to eighteen can attend a summer camp where they learn skills, play games, and listen to daily devotionals. Youth dances occur monthly. Every first Sunday of the month, members are encouraged to fast. This means that they do not eat for two meals or twenty-four hours and then give the money that they would have spent on those meals to the church. On this Sunday, members are allowed to come up to the podium and bear their testimony during Sacrament meeting. The first weekend of April and October are dedicated to General Conference, where the leaders of the church speak to the members via satellites and the internet. Show more Show less

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

Leah H
Each and every woman in the church is as different as the sands in the sea. There are women who like to scrapbook, women who like sports, women who are single parents, women who are grandmothers of 37, women who struggle with their place in the world, women who are millionaires, women who sing, women who clean, and on and on. From what I have seen of the women I have associated with, most Mormon women are willing to serve. Most are deeply concerned about their families. Most are cheerful. Mormons do believe that a man and woman are equal partners in a relationship. Each woman should be treated like a queen. This also means that each man should be treated like a king. This does not mean that one has more decisive power than the other. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Leah H
My best answer for this is that this is the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times, which means that this is the time that all that God once taught will be restored to the Earth. The fact that everything that was commanded will be again commanded means that the order He gave to those like Abraham, Jacob, and Solomon to practice polygamy would be taught again. Another reason could be that at the beginning of the church in the 1830's, even before the commandment to practice polygamy, members received much persecution. Many men and women lost their lives to that persecution. The Lord, knowing the need of the widows in his church, asked the righteous men to provide for them monetarily. However, in those times if a man supported a woman who was not his relation it was tantamount to adultery. So, the Lord changed the rules. Show more Show less