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Hi I'm Leonard

I like to smile. I love my family and enjoy being part of a community. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my best friend and have three children who are lights in my life. I learn lessons daily as we share mortality's sacred moments in our home. I had no idea what I wanted to be when I "grew up". Realizing that some of my greatest scholastic strengths were in math and science, I took engineering classes at Utah State University and received a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, I began working for an aerospace company and continue to be blessed by my employment and close associations there. Music is one of my many inspirations. I grew up singing with my family. My piano teacher was a Polish immigrant who taught that feeling is more important than tempo. I played trumpet in what was undoubtably one of the best high school bands in the country. I enjoy accompanying vocal and instrumental musicians, both youth and adults. Along with my neighbor, I host semi-annual 4-hand piano concerts at our home to celebrate Independence and Christmas holidays. I also love listening to music - both classical and inspirational. There is so much beauty in the world. I love being outdoors, seeing the sun rise, hiking on wooded trails or to rocky summits, fishing in small mountain streams, looking up at the stars, and pondering on the great blessing and opportunity it is to be a son of God.

Why I am a Mormon

My father joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a young man in the United States Navy. He was impressed by the character of other young men who belonged to the sect and were willing to share what they believed. My mother is from a long line of Mormon pioneer ancestors who made great sacrifices that became a foundation for my life. Growing up, the gospel of Jesus Christ was taught in our home daily. We prayed together and read from the scriptures. We discussed the purpose of life around the dinner table. We worked and played and attended church together. Sometimes we argued and picked on each other, but those moments were overshadowed by the love we shared and the commitment we felt to the cause of Christ. I was baptized by my father a few days after my 8th birthday. I remember the feelings I had that day. I knew the seriousness of the covenant I was making with my Heavenly Father. I wanted to follow the example of His Son. As I continued to mature, there were moments when I questioned the strength of my testimony. Fortunately, I continued to seek opportunities to be taught and lifted by the Spirit, softening my heart and cementing my faith. One moment of many that stands out in the development of my testimony occurred when I was 22 years old. It was an unseasonably warm Saturday in early April. We were working outside in the yard while listening to the semi-annual general conference addresses. The prophet of my youth, Spencer W. Kimball, had recently passed away. Ezra Taft Benson had been sustained as the new president of the church. As I listened to him speak, tears suddenly welled up and overflowed as the Holy Ghost testified I was listening to a prophet of God!

How I live my faith

I am an adult advisor to our young men's organization in my congregation. I am blessed with the opportunity to teach gospel-centered lessons and participate in Varsity scounting activities with these great young men each week. I also serve as an early-morning seminary supervisor, supporting the youth and their teachers as they receive a spiritual boost from the holy scriptures each day before high school.