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Hi I'm Leanna

I grew up in Arizona. I am going to school to be a dental hygienist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father was born a member of the LDS faith and married my mother who was not a member. After being married for 12 years, my mother told my father "We need to go to church. We can go to yours, or we can go to mine." They started attending their local LDS church and my mother was baptized a few months later. We were sealed as a family for time and all eternity when I was about two years old and I am so grateful for the blessing that has been in my life. I spent several years of my life ignoring the lessons I learned in church and forging a path that I wasn't proud to tell my parents about. Thanks to loving church leaders and support from my family, I feel like I have done a 360 in the last year of my life. I never believed how happy the gospel could make me until I actually applied the atonement to my life. Fast forward to now, I am currently a university student about to graduate with my Bachelor's of Science in Dental Hygiene. It has taken me five years to graduate and I sometimes feel like school will NEVER end. I am often so busy with rotations and clinic that I feel like I am unable to have any hobbies, but I still try to keep them in my plans. I am in love with reading; I will read any book someone hands to me. It wasn't until the end of last year that I finished reading the Book of Mormon for the first time all the way through. I still have so much room for improvement, but that is the joy of this life.

Why I am a Mormon

To outsiders it may seem like I am a Mormon simply because my parents are, but my reasons for being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints run so much deeper than that. For 7 years of my life I decided to reject and ignore the teachings of the gospel taught by my parents and church leaders. I thought that I could make my decisions on my own, and that I didn't need to rely on anyone else in my planning. I moved away to go to school and became completely inactive when I had no family or friends around to encourage my church attendance. Within the next two years, it seemed as though I was making one bad decision after another, and saw my life heading down a path I never wanted for myself. One day my single ward's executive secretary called me to set up a meeting with the bishop. My Bishop was so loving towards me and made me feel so welcome to come back to church. His devotion to helping me, the one lost sheep, was such a testimony to me that all of our church leaders are truly called of God to help guide us through the trials of this existence. This one small moment was the turning point that made me realize and admit that I was not truly happy, and I hadn't been for a long time. I would never truly be happy until I was living my life in accordance with the gospel and the truths of its teachings. It almost seemed as though over night, my happiness was returned, and I was again living a life of purpose. I now have a testimony of the gift of the atonement. Jesus Christ died on the cross for me; He died for my sins so that someday I will be able to return to my Heavenly Father, and live with my family for time and all eternity. I am a Mormon because I know that without the atonement and the truths taught by the church, I will not be able to return to live with my Father in Heaven again.

How I live my faith

I choose to live my faith by being an active member in my local Young Single Adult ward on campus. I am so lucky to be have the resource of an Institute of Religion on a college campus where they have daily classes to teach the truths of the gospel. I am grateful to have access to a building dedicated to helping people just like me better understand the gospel. In my ward, I have been given a calling to be the unity leader, so I plan ward activities and service projects to help in the community and unite our ward members in love and service to others. Last year I helped organize the ward's Thanksgiving dinner and talent show. My committee and I also helped to plan service projects for the ward members and friends to help with during the semester. One of my favorite ways to serve is at the local food center helping to prepare and serve food to individuals who would not have had a warm meal that night otherwise. I also serve in my ward by visiting other members to lend a hand and be a friend to them. God's two greatest commandments are to love Him and to love one another, and it is through my daily interactions with others that I try to keep those two commandments. Sometimes in life all we need is for someone to care enough to just ask how we are doing, and I try to spend my time reaching out to others in all aspects of my life, be it church, school or work. I live my faith by serving others and attending my church meetings every week.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

In my life, I feel like everything around me reaffirms the fact that there is a God. When I look at the beauty of the earth, the trees, the flowers, the changing of the seasons, I know that nothing this beautiful and wonderful could simply happen by chance. Show more Show less