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Hi I'm Leon

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 58 years old, served four years in the Air Force after high school and over 30 years in law enforcement. I currently work for a university as an enrollment advisor while attending college half time. My wife and I have 7 grown children and with the birth of our newest grandchild due in December we will have 18 grandchildren. I worked shift work most of my life and never had the opportunity to attend college. I am 70% thorugh my associates program and intend to begin my undergraduate degree upon completing the associates program next year.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints after giving up on religion. As a child and then a young man I attended many protestant churches including catholic and Lutheran services. At a young age I became convinced God was real and although I wanted to be part of it every time I neared baptism I changed my mind. Something always seemed to hold me back. I believed that a person should be baptized but I always felt confused by inconsistencies I saw and felt in my heart. I knew that the people in the churches I attended were good people. But they confused me too, I couldn't find a minister that could answer all of my questions, to make me feel inside I was on the right course. I often felt the spirit, but I also felt something was missing. As a young man coming out of high school I began enjoying speaking with ministers about scripture and their church and looking for questions they couldn't answer. It became a game and I felt that I was very good at confusing them when they couldn't explain certain parts of the bible to me satisfactorily. I was approaching agnostic, no longer actively searching. I entered military service and after completing military training I was sent to Montana. My roommate was a return missionary for the church. I had never met a Mormon before and when I found out I began working on him. I intended to confound him, prove to him that his church couldn’t be true either. I was shocked to find if he didn't know the answers, he would come back later with answers that I couldn't easily disprove. Eventually although suspicious of the way the church was founded, I began studying, reading and praying. Through prayer I received the answer I had been looking for. There is a true Church of Christ, the spirit testified to me with a strength and joy that told me it was right. Nothing held me back this time, I was baptized and truly felt blessed with answers I had been looking for since my childhood.

How I live my faith

As a member of the church I have served in many capacities. I feel the most calm when I am serving the Lord by through church callings or volunteer work. The feeling the spirit gives you in response to living the commandments of the lord is so peaceful. At this point in my life I am not able to do quite as much as I have in the past but I still do assist where I can when asked. I visit homes and work with others on Sundays to make sure Sunday School classrooms and instructors are ready each week. The gospel is great and the peace it brings to my heart helps me to deal with problems. My wife and I have endured much adversity as many people in and out of the church do every day. I credit the blessing of the lord with the peace the spirit brings to us as we deal with medical issues and other problems.