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Hi I'm Leo (Leon)

I grew up in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA. I served a mission in Peru. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have a wonderful family.

About Me

I was born in Coeur d’Alene and have lived nearly all of my life in the Pacific Northwest. I am actually a ‘Leon’ but most of my friends, family and coworkers call me Leo (which I prefer). I received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Idaho in Moscow. In 2008 I completed an MBA through Eastern Washington University. Immediately following my undergraduate work, I went to work for a major aerospace company, where I worked as an engineer for their commercial airplane division as well as their Defense and Space Group. I then worked designing, installing and debugging roadside changeable message signs; like those used for AMBER Alerts. Until recently I worked as a part-owner of a small, local engineering firm. I am currently the owner of a small Research and Development firm that specializes in new product development, business plan analysis, market research, and prototyping. I have worked on projects ranging from FDA approved medical instruments to exercise equipment, robotics, toys, and everything in between. I also work with people on their personal and business finances. Aside from work, I stay busy enjoying time with my wife, four sons, and baby girl. I served as the Scoutmaster of Troop 415 in the Spokane Valley and enjoy the outdoors (especially snowboarding).

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I know that Jesus is my personal savior. I know that the church he organized has been restored upon the earth. I know that the ordinances Christ established during his ministry have also been restored. I have such piece in my heart knowing that my family can be with me forever.

How I live my faith

I believe it is important to follow the example of Christ; to love all people, no matter what their race, creed, color, or beliefs may be. I believe it is important to love all people as I know they are my brothers and sisters.

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?

Leo (Leon)
While it is true that worthy male members of The Church of Jesus Christ "hold" the priesthood, there is no additional personal glory or honor granted to them as the priesthood can only be used to bless the lives of other people. Any man who seeks to use that priesthood for vain ambition, the control of others, or for selfish endevors, effectively sets aside the power of the priesthood; until such time as his life is brought back into harmony with the purposes of the priesthood for which our Heavenly Father intended. In light of this principle, the dear women of The Church of Jesus Christ still participate in, and are the beneficiaries of every possible blessing afforded by the priesthood power that has been restored upon the earth in these latter days. There is not one blessing or advantage offered to the men of the church, that the women do not also enjoy. As a priesthood holder, the responsibility I feel to honor the priesthood I hold is what makes me want to be a better man, husband, and father. Show more Show less