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Hi I'm Leanna

I'm a small town girl. I'm an athlete, a musician, a wife and a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in a small town was difficult at times, but I found things to keep me busy. When I wasn't playing volleyball or tennis, you could probably find me practicing the piano or reading a good book. I learned how to make the most of the opportunities that I was given and not waste my time wishing for something more. That attitude has carried me through my college years, married life and parenthood. I have a degree in Secondary Education-English and enjoyed the time I got to spend teaching bright young adults in junior high and high schools. I left that behind to stay at home with my little boy. Although it can be tough and exhausting at times, I'm grateful that I get to be there for all the little milestones in his life.

Why I am a Mormon

I don't recall the first time I heard about the teachings of the Gospel because I grew up hearing stories about Jesus and the things that we need to do to return to Him someday. My parents were very dedicated members of the Church and I never doubted that they believed in the Gospel because I saw them live it everyday. It wasn't until my senior year of high school that I realized that God was aware of me and what I was doing, and that he had a plan for me. My plan after high school was to play volleyball in college and see where that took me. However, that wasn't what Heavenly Father had in mind. I tore my ACL playing in a game at regionals which prevented me from playing again for 6 months after surgery. By the time I recovered, the college that originally had offered me a position on their team was no longer interested and it was time for me to graduate. It was at this point that I realized pursuing volleyball was not what Heavenly Father wanted me to do. I also realized that He loved me so much that He was willing to let something bad happen to me so that I wouldn't go down the wrong path. I had heard things like "God loves you" and "God is aware of you and has a plan for you" at church before but it wasn't until this experience that I realized these teachings of the Gospel were true. I know that Heavenly Father knows me and loves me. This knowledge helps me make it through each and every day.

How I live my faith

Being a pianist has given me many opportunities to serve in the church. When I was a youth, I played the piano for various church functions, both on Sunday and at meetings during the week. Since then, I have accompanied choirs as well as congregations on both the piano and the organ. I am currently serving as an organist in my ward. I also teach the youth stories and concepts from the scriptures each Sunday. Having been an English teacher, I enjoy taking my knowledge of how to teach literature and applying it to teaching from the scriptures. I also have the privilege each month to go into the homes of three sisters in my ward as a visiting teacher and talk with them about their lives and about principles of the Gospel. However, I think the most important way that I live my faith is by continually striving to do what I know is right.