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Hi I'm Leah

I am a SAHM (aka domestic engineer), a business owner, an adventure taker, an artisan, a child of God. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am blessed to be a Stay-at-Home-Mom of six children. My oldest has 1p36 Chromosome Deletion and my youngest hasn't learned how to walk yet. My goal is to raise them up as self sufficient, respectful, and caring members of society. My children are a big part of who I am but they are not all of who I am. They will leave my home some day and I want them to be proud of the woman they come back to visit. I am married to a wonderful example of a Priesthood holder, missionary, and leader. He is my best friend. We were married in the Laie, HI temple for all time and eternity. We love to serve together and hope our children will gain that quality. We also love to travel and go treasure hunting. I look forward to sharing forever with him. I have an online business that allows me to work from home sewing crayon & jewelry rolls and making other crafty items. I am college educated. I look forward to collecting many stamps in my passport. I have lived most of my life in America's high five (aka Michigan). I love to celebrate! We have a lot parties at our house, both pretend and actual. My house is not always spotless because we are too busy making memories. Everyone is welcome into our home.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents blessed me and my siblings by raising us in the church and being good examples of the gospel. I had a strong testimony and knew that the church was true. However, in my teens, I started to fall into peer pressure, felt restricted and trapped by the commandments, and made choices that were contrary to the standards of the church. At sixteen I was excommunicated. After that I felt like it didn't matter what choices I made. My path was set. My mother always made sure I had a connection with the church through home and visiting teachers and the church magazine, The Ensign. I didn't always appreciate that effort, but I allowed it. During that time I had a baby and got married. In that order. At the age of six and after years of testing my daughter was diagnosed with Chromosome Deletion 1p36. Being her mother was hard in those early years. It still is. I prayed a lot during those years. I still knew that Heavenly Father was aware of me but it felt like something was missing. I desired something more for us. I tried going back to church many times. It was always hard getting in the door. When I did, I tried to go unnoticed. I was also not getting the support at home that I desired. It was a very difficult time in my life. Most of my memories from that time come to me in a darkened light. After eight years and feeling really low, I knelt down at the end of my bed and prayed for my Heavenly Father's forgiveness. Between the tears, I felt the warm embrace of the Spirit. Something I had missed for so long. I will never forget that night. I knew after that experience I needed to change my life. After many life changes, I was baptized and given the gift of the Holy Ghost by my return missionary brothers. I know that Jesus Christ sacrificed his life for mine. I know that Heavenly Father loves me and will always bless me if I keep His commandments. I know now that they are there to protect us and I also know prayer works. Try it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving in my church. I teach the youth every Sunday. I have worked with the children by teaching lessons, directing music, and by being a leader. I have taught in the women's organization and have taught early morning seminary. I attend Sacrament meetings every Sunday and stay the entire three hours. I visit women every month to make sure their needs, both physically and spiritually, are bring met. I go to the temple as often as I can (which is hard with little ones). At home, I teach my children to pray. I teach them to love the Lord and each other. We have Family Home Evening every Monday. We read the scriptures together. Right now it is only a verse at a time, but we read. I keep my standards high. I choose to keep friends with those same standards. I have learned that this is very important to me. I pray with my husband every day. I support him in his callings at church and as the Priesthood holder in our home. I pay tithing. It has blessed us in ways we are aware of and unaware at the same time. I live my faith by keeping the commandments. They keep me safe and free. I am a Mormon because the Gospel is true. This church is "the" church Jesus Christ organized during the time he was on the Earth. This church has His priesthood authority. The Atonement is real and I can not deny what Christ did for me.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Family is the most important institution on this earth. In families we learn how to be like our brother Jesus Christ. We learn patience, forgiveness, long suffering, joy, service, and above all we learn how to love. Show more Show less