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Hi I'm LeAnne

I grew up in Hawaii and Washington state. I love the outdoors and spending time enjoying the beauty of nature. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 3 grown children. I am in the "empty nester" stage of life I guess they say. My baby girl is serving a full time mission of 18 months in Brazil. She is loving it and has been out almost 11 months now. My oldest daughter is married and gave birth to my first grandchild, a boy, about 5 weeks ago. My son was married this past summer and is attending college at BYU-Idaho. I am working part time for a local dentist in the front office. My husband and I are finding ways to strengthen our marriage relationship and get reacquainted. We have taken up kayaking in the beautiful waters of the Pacific Northwest. We also enjoy day hikes any time we can get away. I recently discovered I enjoy biking too so we have added that to our list of things to do when it isn't raining. I love watching and playing sports and hope to stay active as I get older. I enjoy cooking and baking and the challenge of preparing delicious and healthy food for my husband and myself. I am not a gardener and have a black thumb. We recently bought some property in Montana near Flathead Lake where we hope to retire some day. I love to travel and explore new destinations. My family is the most important thing to me. I love my parents, my brothers and sisters and their families. Spending time with them is harder to do now but I make the effort because it is so rewarding. I look forward to what my children will do with their lives and who they will become. Being a grandma is the best thing in the world!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I have been a member of this church my whole life and was baptized when I was 8 years old, I also had to be converted. Everyone must come to a point in their lives when they ask themselves important questions regarding their purpose on this earth. I reached that point when I went away to college. I had been taught in my childhood and youth and I had read the Book of Mormon and felt that it was true. I wasn't sure that I wanted to follow the seemingly strict Code of Conduct for the rest of my life. I was also seriously involved romantically with someone not of my faith and I considered leaving the church to marry him. As I made choices that went against the teachings of this church I felt myself drawing further away from God. I thought I was going to be happier than I was following all the restricting "rules" but I didn't feel true joy, just fleeting thrills and temporary happiness. One night I had a dream in which I felt that I was being personally instructed to stop living the lifestyle I was living and to go back to the church. I felt that God cared about me personally and knew my potential. I woke up that morning convinced that I needed to repent of my lifestyle and turn back to Christ. I started that day to make changes in my life. Since that time I have fully embraced the teachings of the church and I have never regretted it. I know that the commandments are not restricting but freeing. They allow me to have a happiness I never knew was possible. I know that God loves me and that he wants me to be happy. I am so glad he cared about me enough to show me the right path for my life. I will always be grateful for the prayers of my parents who also love me and want me to be happy. I know this is the only way to true happiness.

How I live my faith

I am involved in the seminary program of our church. It is an early morning class that is taught to all interested youth ages 14-18 or 9th grade to graduating high school. They study the standard works of scripture each morning around 6 am for about 50 minutes. I was a teacher for 4 years, then a supervisor for 2 year and now I'm back to teaching. I team teach with another lady which is a lot of fun. I have seen such strength in the youth. There are several in our area who attend who aren't even members of this church but who come to feel the spirit that is in those classes. I love the youth of this church. They are the future leaders of the world and they are strong, talented, confident, righteous, interesting and fun.