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Hi I'm Joe Leatham

I was born and raised in Carson City, Nevada. I currently study Spanish teaching and Physical Education. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a university student in Utah where I study Spanish Teaching and Physical Education. I love to play basketball and hope to one day be a high school Spanish teacher and basketball coach. I am the youngest of six children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an LDS (Mormon) home where I was taught righteous principles such as honesty and faith. For a long time I felt like I went to church because my parents wanted me to go and it took a while for me to understand that the principles that they were teaching me were to help me be successful and maintain a healthy relationship with my Savior. One of the first times that I felt strongly that I had my own testimony was when I had to make decisions as a teenager. I noticed that as I made decisions that I knew I should, the decisions that my parents would want me to make, I felt my love for the Savior grow and my desire to follow him would increase. On the other hand, when I made unwise choices, I couldn't deny that I felt guilt and sorrow for what I had done. However, after I had repented of those misdeeds or mistakes, I also felt and increase in love for Jesus Christ and I longed to follow Him. In both situations I had to exercise my ability to choose and follow the council of my parents, whether it was to make the correct choice in the first place or to repent after making a mistake. In both cases I felt my testimony grow only after I chose to act on the righteous principles that I had learned.

How I live my faith

Obedience is the universal way for all of us to live our faith and show our love for God. Jesus said "If ye love me, keep my commandments." It is not enough for us to say that we have faith in Jesus Christ if we don't actively strive to be like Him. To have faith in Christ is to try to make our lives resemble His, especially when it is the most inconvenient for us. I make mistakes every day. I know that I don't live each commandment perfectly, but as I repent and try to do better, I am living my faith. It is impossible to follow Jesus if we don't have a personal relationship with Him. I have been able to strengthen this relationship through daily prayers and scripture study.