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Hi I'm Lea

I'm a Native Arizonan. I love to exercise and spend time with my wife. I love History. I'm a Physical Therapist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been very happily married to my wife Shanna (also an Arizona Native) for nine blissful years. We've been fortunate to travel to many historical places and gained an appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy. I'm a Physical Therapist and my wife is a new Nurse Practicioner I am so proud of her for her recent graduation. I was raised in the Church and was taught the value of Integrity and hard work by the two best teachers of those qualities...my parents. I hope I can live up to their example and expectations. I served a two-year mission in Portugal and my wife served and 18-month mission in Baltimore, MD. I love history and reading books and watching documentaries. Around the fall season I start to go to High School football games and reminisce about my beloved '85 Chicago Bears. I grew up in Thatcher and my wife grew up in Mesa and we plan to live out the rest of our lives here in Arizona

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I was raised in a good home where Honesty, Integrity and hard work was a way of life. I feel that I am part of a wonderful cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ moving throughout the earth. It does my heart well to see missionaries from my Church to go find the honest in heart in the world and to see our Temples built where our members can go claim eternal blessings for them and their families and their ancestors. On a personal level, I believe that the teachings that I learn in my Church help me to be a better man, employee, husband, and friend. I believe that each man and woman has a divine nature of being a son or daughter of Heavenly Father. It has helped me find beauty in the world and though I love living in this time, However I do believe that the world in the 21st century is a world starved for the teachings of Jesus Christ. I believe that if everyone followed the Teachings of the Master "Love God and Love your neighbor" that this world would be a different world and a grander place to live in. The emphasis that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints places on families are teachings that can help save the world. I believe that the Heavens are not closed and that God speaks to His Prophets on earth today as he did in Biblical times and that He has sent new scripture for His children to live better lives here and live forever with God and their families in the next life. I know that there is a loving God who is our Father who sent His Son, our Savior, to pave the way so we can make it to our Heavenly Home again. I know that God the Father and His Son appeared to a young boy named Joseph Smith and began a work that is Wonderful, Eternal and Everlasting. I know that the Lord has since had 15 other men who have served as His prophet and that Thomas S. Monson speaks for the Lord today. The power and authority of the Priesthood has been restored as well to administer ordinances has been restored as well.

How I live my faith

I try to live my Faith by reading from the Bible and Book of Mormon on a consistent basis. I try to treat my wife as a lady should be treated by a gentleman and to make her happy. I try to be an active member of my local congregation or ward and help out where I am asked and I try to do my best to carry out my assigned duties. I believe that whatever capacity and talent I am given was given to me by the Lord and I try to use my hands to help out my fellow man and to do what he would do. Although I am far from perfect, I believe that through my Savior, I can better myself to help my fellow man and be a better disciple.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Lea
Our Temples are closed to the general public not because the ordinances done there are "secret". They are "sacred." The ordinances and worship are sacred and can only be understood by the power of the Holy Spirit. It would make as much sense to give a newborn a Porterhouse steak to eat as to let a person who is not prepared to enter and participate in the Temple. I was married to my wife for eternity in the Mesa, AZ Temple. There are ordinances such as baptism for the people who have passed on so they can be eligible to enter God's presence. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Lea
In this year 2011, we celebrate 400 years since the King James Version of the Bible was published in 1611. Because of the anniversary much of the origins of the Bible are discussed and I had no idea that men like William Tyndale and Martin Luther sacrificed so much so that the English speaking people could read the word of God. Now reading the Bible has given me purpose in trying to live like the Master and it testifies how man can have a more abundant life if he serves God and his fellow man than if he focus totally on himself. I love reading the stories of Jesus in the New Testament and reading the beautiful writings of the Psalms in the Old. Having said that I do not believe that the Bible has come down in its original purity. That does not mean I think less of the Bible, it makes me appreciate the restoration and the Book of Mormon more. Many churches uses the same Bible and they disagree in their interpretations. There was a great need for our Heavenly Father to intervene and restore His true church. There needed to be a Restoration by God Himself to man and that was done through the Prophet Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon and Latter-day revelation make me appreciate the Bible so much more and they complement one another in testifying of Jesus Christ and his mission. Show more Show less