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Hi I'm Leland

I'm a boring CPA who loves rappelling, snowboarding, wakeboarding, fishing, backpacking, camping and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mild mannered CPA during most days, and I love the outdoors and exciting activities as much as possible on the other days. I have always told my staff that I am a "mile wide and an inch deep", meaning I enjoy a wide variety of things but don't get real deep into any of them. I enjoy rock climbing & rappelling, snow skiing & snow boarding, water skiing and wake boarding, scuba diving and snorkeling, biking and running. I run in marathons, half marathons & ragnars, I go canyoneering in Zion (personal favorite is Mystery Canyon), scuba dive in many locations throughout the world (to date my favorite dive was in the Philipine Sea), we boat on Lake Mead regularly and love to go on occasion to Lake Powell, we go as a family to Brianhead to ski and snow board (personal preference is the snowboard). These things are all great but I enjoy them in a expotentially greater when I do them with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon Church but as almost all Mormons will tell you, I had to have my personal conversion to remain active in the church. As a young man I had to determine if I personally believed what my parents had taught me. Was what they said true? Did it truely match my perception of what was going on in the world around me. So I set out to determine if 1) Is God real? Is there really a higher being to whom we can look for guidance? 2) Is the Book of Mormon was really a sacred script from God similar to the Bible? 3) If God is real, and if the Bible and Book of Mormon are really written by prophets under the direction of God, is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints God's chosen church? I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. I felt good about it but still really did not know for sure. It wasn't until after I turned 19 that I really got that strong testimony of the truthfulness of the whole thing. Now, 40 years later, that testimony still burns even brighter in my life. I have had many, many experiences that have re-confirmed the truthfulness time and again. I know that God lives. I know that he is in his Heaven and that he is our Father. He loves each and everyone of us. I know it and I know that you too can know it.

How I live my faith

In our church all church responsibilities are filled by volunteers. The man who heads the local congegation is called a "Bishop". He is a volunteer and serves for a limited time, usually about 5 years. I too serve in the local congregation as a volunteer. I have worked with the youth in scouting for many years. I have also served as a clerk, being responsible for collection of donations and offerings. It is interesting in that job, I never asked for money. All donations are free will and no outward solicitation is made. Members are reminded about the Lord's call to pay a full tithing. Which most do. A full tithing is 10% of ones annual income. As a CPA and one who has several small business owner clients who are also members of the church, we have many discussions about what constitutes ones income. The best answer I or anyone else can give is that it is between you and the Lord. Give what you feel good about.