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Hi I'm Leanne

I grew up in Los Angeles, California. I have raised five children and now work with special-needs students. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have five children and six grandchildren, and enjoy spending time with them whenever I can! When we are together, I enjoy cooking and playing board games with everyone, and all the visiting and laughter that goes along with that. I love people, and have the opportunity to interact daily as I work in a public school with special-needs teenagers. Along with teaching, I assist these special students as they develop friendships with the other students in the school. In my "down time", I enjoy working out, reading, sewing, and spending time with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps me live happily with the many demands on my time, and gives me insight and strength to meet life's challenges. As part of the "sandwich generation", I am helping care for aging parents in addition to my career, marriage, and family. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches why we are here on Earth and the purpose of our lives. Our Heavenly Father knows us and understands our needs and feelings, and has given us this great gift of life so that we can learn and grow -- He has a plan for each person's life, and He wants to help us succeed so that we can learn eternal truth and someday return to live with Him and our loved ones. For me, experiencing challenges in life has brought me to this understanding because in times of difficulty I have turned to God in sincere prayer. I have felt His spirit and that has brought peace, even during challenges. I know He hears and answers prayers. I know he gives us direction in life, and by living His commandments we can receive and recognize that direction more and more. Living God's commandments actually brings greater freedom into our lives -- freedom from regret, sorrow, insecurity and sin. Being a member of His church is the greatest blessing in my life.

How I live my faith

I currently work in the youth organization of the church with girls 12 to 18 years old. This is fun for me because of my employment with the public schools -- I love the energy and enthusiasm of teenagers! Helping these youth discover their strengths, talents and worth is so rewarding because it helps them avoid the traps of self-destructive behavior. I try to help teenagers know they really are spirit children of God and that they have wonderful opportunities before them in life. Each month I also visit, along with another woman, 3 women in our church, 1-on-1 in their home, to share a short message about some gospel principle, and to see how we might be of service to her. This is called Visiting Teaching. In this way, everyone knows there is someone there to help in time of need, and it also helps develop lasting friendships. Over the years I have developed some of my closest friends thru visiting teaching -- It is great! I have enjoyed serving within the community by planning service projects where church members have rebuilt playgrounds, built and developed hiking trails, provided school supplies for underprivileged students in our community, and donated countless meals to food kitchens in the area. Meeting and working with community leaders has helped me feel more connected to others who also care about the environment in our community, and has helped me realize just how many good people there are in the world. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings people together in the spirit of cooperation and respect, and being a member of the church facilitates that.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Women in the church work side-by-side with the men to serve and teach the members of the church. Women serve in leadership positions over the organizations for the children, the young women ages 12 to 18, and the women's organization. Men in the church depend greatly on the wisdom and experience of women, as men and women serve together on councils that meet regularly. I have sat on many of those councils over the years. I have greatly appreciated the perspectives that everyone brings to those councils, and the working relationships and trust that develop between men and women. Women's voice and ideas are sought for and heard just as much as the men's. Because the men have the responsibility to hold the priesthood offices, this in no way diminishes the contribution of women. Show more Show less