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Hi I'm Leigh Anne Wilkes

I am a Mormon woman, blogger, mother and wife.

About Me

I am a mom of 4 young adults, a wife of 30 years, an empty nester, a blogger and a daughter of God. I love all the roles I play. I grew up in the mid-west but have spent the last 30 years in the Pacific Northwest where we spend time as a family enjoying the outdoors whether it be in our garden, hiking, at the beach or exploring some new restaurant or fun vintage store. I love creating pretty and delicious things in the kitchen, the craft room, the garden and in my garage spray painting something! I have run a home based business for the last 20 years where I have enjoyed helping and motivating people to preserve their family stories and photos. Several years ago I began blogging and have discovered a new passion and place to share all the things I love and to help inspire and motivate other women.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I was blessed to have parents who listened to the missionaries and embraced the Gospel. I grew up in the mid-west where there weren't many members of the church. There was only one other member of the church in my entire high school. I learned how to be a representative of Jesus Christ very early. The Gospel was something we did not take for granted. Being a member of the church was hard work at times. My father served as the Bishop of our ward and we traveled to another city to attend our meetings until we were able to build our own building. As a young girl I worked alongside the other members of our ward making pizzas, holding bazaars, coloring greeting cards - all to make money so we could have our own church building. I received my first church calling at the age of 12 to play the piano in Sunday School. This hard work and service helped build my testimony. I also learned at an early age to stand as a witness of Jesus Christ. To be an example of what a Mormon was to those in my school and in my community. At the beginning of my senior year my parents moved. I decided to stay behind to finish school. I lived with a family that were friends but not members of our church. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to test my testimony. It was up to me to get myself to church each Sunday. No one was there to make sure I went. I also got myself to Seminary and youth group each week. It would have been easy not to go. But I had a testimony of the Gospel and I knew that is where I needed to be. I still know that it is where I need to be.

How I live my faith

I live my Faith on a daily basis. It is not just a part of my life, it is my life. My Faith affects everything I do. I know I am a better wife and mother because of my Faith. I am a better friend and neighbor because of my Faith. My Faith provides guidance, direction, perspective and assistance in all I do. When life happens and we are faced with hardships and trials my Faith supports me, makes me stronger and reminds me that I am not alone. Because of my Faith I know that I am a daughter of our Heavenly Father and that he loves me and is there for me at every turn. As I continue to learn, study, serve and follow our modern day Prophet and his leaders my life is blessed. I am a better person because of it. The daily direction and guidance that the Gospel provides in my life is something I can't imagine living without. I am truly blessed to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - I am blessed to be a Mormon.