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Hi I'm Leah

I am a senior in high school, learning to balance Church, school, work, family, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a senior in high school, working to make my dreams come true. Some of them are easier than others! One of them is that I want to go to BYU Provo and major in English. Another, much harder, one is that I want to someday become an author. I've been actively writing ever since I was twelve, and one of my greatest dreams is to someday publish a book- or maybe more! Besides writing, I have a great love for reading. Perhaps it is because of my love of reading that I want to write so much. Reading helps me broaden my mind, my horizons, and my understanding of people. For me, a good book is a feast for the soul. But my life isn't all fun and games- I work hard too. I take challenging classes in school and am in the top ten in my class; I have a job that is helping me save up for college; and I have responsibilities in Church and and home. Sometimes, like a lot of people, I struggle to find time for it all, but that is just one of the great challenges of our lives!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the Gospel is true. It is as simple as that. I know, deep in my heart, that it is true and that following it's teachings is the only way I can be truly happy in this life and in the next. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet. I know that we have living prophets today, who lead and guide the Church. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know the Bible is true, too, as far as it is translated correctly. I know that Christ lives, and that this is His Church upon the earth. What is more, I know that I am a Child of God, with a divine potential and destiny, as we all are. I am a Mormon because I know that the Gospel is true. I have prayed and felt the truth for myself, but what is more, I have lived it for myself. The Gospel has already given me tremendous peace, comfort, and strength throughout my life. The older I get, the more I do what I know is right, the more I believe.

How I live my faith

Because I believe, my belief affects every aspect of my life. At school, I am the girl who never cheats, lies, or uses crude language. At work, I am the one who does not drink coffee, tea, or alcohol; does not smoke; and does not steal. It is more than just what I don't do, though. It's also about what I 'do' do. I serve in the community: I've helped out with food banks, cleaned parks, mulched trees, gone to a retirement facility and sung Christmas carols, delivered Thanksgiving dinners, donated my time to watch children, and participated in donation drives and recycling projects. I serve in the church: I lead the music in our main meeting on Sunday, and am a counselor in the presidency for our youth group. I serve in my family: I've helped renovate a house and landscape our yard, and every week I do chores and cook meals. I make decisions every day based on what I believe. Every school morning, for instance, I wake up a 5:00 am to go to an early morning church class before school. Sometimes I don't get a lot of sleep, so it's hard- it's one of the hardest things I've ever done, in fact. But, like all the sacrifices we are asked to make in the Gospel, it's worth it. In other words, I try each day to behave as I know a discipline of Christ should.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Leah
The more I learn about the world, the more I think that everything could not possibly have come together by chance. From the most delicate and complex microorganism, to the great blue whale, everything seems to testify of some master hand. When I look up at the stars, it is impossible for me to believe that there is not some purpose to such a vast and beautiful universe. More than that, the Spirit testifies in my heart that there is a God. I have felt a peace and a love in my heart when I pray that tells me that there is One out there who listens and loves me. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Leah
Our spirits are eternal; literally, we have no end. Even physical death is not final; eventually, because of Jesus Christ, everyone will be resurrected, which means that our spirits will be rejoined with our perfect, immortal bodies, never to be separated again. Death, just like birth, is merely a step in our Heavenly Father's plan. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Leah
In the Church, we believe service is one of the key aspects of being a disciple of Christ. It is our opportunity and privilege to donate our time and services to help His kingdom upon the earth. We are not paid to do this; it is one of our gifts to God for all that he as done for us. What is more, as we freely serve in the Church, we are blessed. All members are given the opportunity to serve in the congregation; this position is called a calling. All callings are given by inspiration from God, through leaders with the proper authority. The callings are varied, but all serve to meet the needs of the congregation, the family, and the community. No one person is "above" another, and no one gets greater privileges than another. From the seemingly highest position, to the lowest, we are all equal members, serving one another. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Leah
Faith is a hope and trust in things that are true, but might not necessarily be easily proved. It's more than just a belief, though; faith is an action. It's an active trust that is grown by doing what's right. Show more Show less