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Hi I'm Leanne

I teach everyday: high school students Language Arts and my children how to maneuver this world. I love life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the first member in my family; I converted in my 30s. My husband, although not a member, is a good man that loves me and our daughters. Our eldest daughter will be baptized in November. Then, there will be two of us. I teach high school, and it was my students that led me to the Gospel. Simple acts that were not intentionally spiritual intrigued me; the Spirit did the rest. I love to read, travel and be happy. I love movies, music and broadway. I love life, my family and each and every day. My life has not been easy, but each struggle and Sadness has brought me to the place I am now. And, now, I am happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that life is a journey and each of has to walk it at our own pace. I grew up in another faith for which I am grateful. This faith allowed me to have an open heart to my journey. The easiest answer to why is "it felt right.". The longer answer is a story of a puzzle piece searching for the perfect place to land. I had a clear belief structure my entire life; it wasn't the faith I attended, but I figured that was just how it went. I was surrounded by the students in my classes that were amazing and filled with contentment even in the face of struggle. One day, one young man did a book report on a piece of historical fiction about the church. I asked if I could borrow the book. I wanted to know these students better: what made them tick? Little did I know that what I had always believed was The Gospel. I did not let on my excitement. Still my students met with me after school to answer my questions. I read the rest of the series of books in 8 weeks. I knew where I belonged. It still took me 4 years to take the final plunge. My family and husband were supportive, eventually. My courage was strong enough. I know I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father, who loves me. I have found that contentment in the face of struggle. I have learned to cheerfully endure. I have learned to listen to the Spirit. I am happy and for that, my daughters, my husband and my future is grateful.

How I live my faith

Daily! You see, most of the people around me are amazingly faithful people. They are good and examples to those who see them, but they are not members of my faith. I am always being asked about being "Mormon" and the Church. I must understand and be able to communicate why we don't drink coffee or shop on Sunday because our family is an anomaly to those around us. I often hear,"You seem so normal. I thought Mormons were supposed to be weird, but this seems pretty normal to me." I live my life as an example of our faith and the Gospel. At church, I have served in many capacities. I believe that all of my callings have been extended to me more for what in need to learn than how and who I can serve. The Lord provides in all cases and makes up for my shortcomings. I now serve with the primary children, ages 3 to 11. A year ago, I would have said that was not where I would provide service well. But, I love it. It has happened that way with all my callings: teenage women, small children in nursery, teaching women, organizing visiting teaching. For every calling, I felt apprehension as I was called and Sadness as I was released. I am not going to say that living my faith is easy, but I am a better parent and a better wife because of it. The Lord never said it would be easy, only that It would be worth it.