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Hi I'm Leon

I grew up in Monterey Calif. I'm a retired Air Force Major and a Retired Deputy Sheriff. I've been a Mormon since Nov 1972.

About Me

I grew up in Monterey Calif. After graduating High School, I attended 1 1/2 years at Monterey Peninsula College, then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. I served a tour of duty in Vietnam and Goose Bay Labrador. I was living in Cheyenne Wyoming when I retired as a Major in March 1990. In May of 1990 I became a Deputy Sheriff for Campbell County Wyoming. In Jan 2010 I retired from the Sheriff's Department. I am married to my present wife, who I met in Aug 1972 while stationed at Kingsley Field Oregon. She introduced the Church to me. We were on our first date and when I took her home, we were parked outside her house and began talking. One of the things she said to me was, "Did you know you chose to come to this Earth?" That was the beginning of my Gospel Education. We dated for 18 months. In April 1974 I was transferred to Goose Bay Labrador. We were separated and lived separate lives for 24 years, but stayed in touch through yearly Christmas Cards. Both of us had failed marriages. In the year 1998 we reunited and were married on 8 Sept 1998. Each of us have children from our prior marriages. I have a grown boy & girl as does my wife. My hobbies include Native American History, the history of the Fur Trade, Black Powder Sports, attending Mountain Man Rendezvous' and camping in my Tipi. I love traveling and visiting historical locations. I also create Native American Artifacts. I also like to listen to all kinds of music, mostly 50 & 60's Rock n Roll.

Why I am a Mormon

Ever since I was a small boy, I wanted and did believe is a divine being. When I was about 9 years old, I started attending the Catholic Church on my own. I attended regular Saturday Religious Classes and was learning about confession and baptism. I attended every Saturday for about 6 weeks. After the class was concluded and prior to my first confession, baptism & confirmation, I was approached by the Nun and informed I couldn't be Baptized because I did not have God Parents. My family was not Catholic and I didn't understand what the Nun meant. I attended church a little while longer even though I couldn't take the Sacrament. Eventually I stopped attending. As I grew up I always believed in God, but I began to question why the Bible was the only book of scriptures and why God wouldn't continue to speak to his children, but I never really pondered over it that hard. When I returned from Vietnam, I eventually was stationed at Kingsley Field Oregon. I met a young girl who introduced me to the LDS Church when we returned to her home after a date. As we were talking, she said to me, "Did you know you chose to come to this earth?" My curiosity was risen and shortly there after I was being instructed by her parents. I was baptized in Nov. 1972. I continued my learning and attendance. However, I did fall away for several years as I felt I wasn't receiving the blessings I felt I deserved. I had much to learn. During my years as a Deputy Sheriff, I began to experience PTSD and the need for some peace in my life. Eventually I was able to marry the girl who introduced the church to me and I began to realize I was being blessed the entire time of my inactivity. I began attending church and ever since it's felt like my understanding has been revitalized. My faith, knowledge, and testimony in knowing the Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true increases everyday. Following the teachings of Christ has helped me deal with my PTSD & I'm better person.

How I live my faith

I've learned that forgiveness and being charitable brings true peace and happiness to ones spirit. I am still learning that Faith is a very important element of the Gospel. At the present time, I am a Sunday School Teacher, teaching Gospel Principals. I'm also a home teacher, visiting my assigned families, presenting an inspirational message and seeing to their personal and spiritual needs.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Leon
Our primary family worship service is called sacrament meeting. This meeting is held in our chapels on Sunday and lasts approximately 70 minutes. Visitors are welcome to attend. It is common for families to attend, and we are accustomed to having children as part of the congregation. A typical meeting would consist of the following: * Hymns: Religious songs sung by the congregation (hymn books are provided). * Prayers: Offered by local Church members. * Partaking of the sacrament (communion): The sacrament consists of prepared bread and water, which is blessed and passed by priesthood holders to those in attendance who wish to do so. * Speakers: Typically a meeting will have two or three assigned speakers. (Note: We do not pass a plate or request donations as part of our worship services.) Visitors are also welcome to attend other Sunday meetings that precede or follow sacrament meeting: * Sunday School classes are offered for each age group, beginning with 12 year olds. * Primary meetings consist of a group service and age-oriented classes for children 3 through 11 years of age. * A nursery is available for young children, ages 18 months to 3 years. * Young Women meetings provide classes for those 12 through 17 years of age. * Relief Society meeting is for women, ages 18 years and older. * Priesthood meetings provide age-oriented classes for males 12 years and older. Show more Show less