What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Leon.

My kids call me the Paparazzi because I am never without my camera at family functions. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of six grown children and 18 grandchildren. I have worked at the temple for 15 years and I am the security supervisor. As a child I lived with my grandparents during the summer at their ranch in Southern Utah. They used a potbelly stove to heat the small home and Grandma cooked all of the meals and in particular, homemade bread and fried fish from their fish pond on a wood-burning stove. We also used the wood-burning stove to heat the water for baths. My grandparents taught me the value of hard work as well as the principals of the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

One night at the temple a woman stopped her car and came through the gate to ask directions because she was lost. The conversation went to the church and she said that she was interested in the church, but had a lot of questions. I answered her and said, "You can find all the answers to your questions from this church. Let me send you the missionaries." She agreed and was later baptized. The reason why I could tell her that is because the Church has answered all of my questions and passed the test of asking God if this church was His true church. The answer to that question was Yes. Nothing in my life, in spite of trials and hardships, has ever changed that answer. God is alive. He send His son, Jesus Christ, to atone for my sins and others. I know He is ever aware of me and guides me, for which I am very grateful. And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living the gospel is not that hard. It is a good way of life. There is always a commandment or standard that I need to work on. It's the way of life, weeding out undesirable things or habits and developing good habits. Living my faith by going to church every Sunday helps me do this. Church members are taught to love and be kind to our spouses and families and provide for them. We're taught to give service to others as Christ would have. We're taught about Christ's commandments and ways to live them. We're taught to avoid things in life that can harm and destroy, such as alcohol, smoking, drugs, wild living. We're taught to seek after education, have goals and aim high. Whether a member lives this way or not, is a personal choice. My choice of living this way blesses me with a very happy life. I have a wonderful wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family members. We don't just love each other...we cherish each other. Any family gathering is filled with much love and happiness, although every one of us are unique and diverse individuals. Christ's teachings are aimed for the weakest and the strongest, the rich and the poor, healthy or sick regardless of ethnicity. Christ's teaching are aimed at me. And because I - one of the weakest - just try to live my faith, He has given the greatest blessing in this world...my family.