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Hi I'm LeAnn

I am a wife, mother of two adopted daughters, and a recent college graduate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have two daughters whom we were able to adopt as infants. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be their mother. After 6 years of college, I recently graduated with a BFA in Interior Design. I am passionate about historic preservation and would like to apply my interior design skills towards the preservation of our historic buildings, both residential and commercial, through design and/or research. I am an Independent Contractor with my own Company, Stephan Detail & Design. I contract work for historic research, administrative assistance, and design within the architectural/design/construction community. I want to explore and improve my artistic talents through sketching, drawing, and rendering. I love to travel and plan to explore the United State in our RV. One trip included eleven states in nine days, which was not long enough. After a cruise to Alaska, we look forward to taking more cruises in the future.

Why I am a Mormon

My family consists of eleven children; I am the sixth. We were all born and raised in the Mormon religion. My conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ manifested itself over time. I have gained a deeper meaing of the various aspects of the gospel throughout my life, which strenghtens my testimony. I remember one particular Easter Sunday when I obtained a testimony of Christ's atonement and that feeling has stayed with me. I taught Sunday School to the 16 - 18 year old teenagers for five years and for the first time I really studied the scriptures and obtained a deeper meaning of the gospel stories that I had heard all my life. I learned how the Book of Mormon truly is another testament of Jesus Christ. As a mother, I relied on the teachings of the church to help me teach my children the principles of the gospel. The church was also a social outlet for me to find friends with common values, goals, and issues raising children. As a wife, I learned to be a better spouse. The meetings and activities taught me the importance of commitment and the importance of open communication in our marital relationship. As a student, I relied on the holy ghost to guide me through the arduous journey of life as a student, wife, and mother. I was truly blessed as I dedicated more than 60 hours per week to college courses and homework. My family is the most important thing in my life and the church places a high emphasis on the family and teaches you how to be successful in keeping your family together.

How I live my faith

Currently I teach gospel principles to five very active 3-4 year olds. They are very talkative, have a very short attention span, and love you unconditionally. They are teaching me to be creative in my lesson preparations, that each child is unique and comes from varied backgrounds, and the hardest part...patience. My family has always saved Monday evenings for "family night". While the girls were young, this was an easy, fun-filled night. As they became older, the "family night" became much more difficult to execute. After a discussion with a friend who was having the same challenge, we began meeting together. My family of four and her family of six. We did not know that this first family night together would become the highlight of the week. Our teenagers began asking what we were going to do and were very eager to be involved. Three years later, we have rarely missed a single Monday, we actually have spritual lessons (okay some may not turn out so spiritual), enjoy introducing new and inventive games, and, of course, eating treats afterward. The teenagers are starting to go off to college now, but they look forward to our Monday nights together when they return. I anticipate this tradition will continue and will someday include spouses and grandchildren. My friends family my not be our blood relatives, but through these Monday night get-togethers, they have become our spiritual family and we love them as our own.