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Hi I'm Leah

I'm a mom. I'm a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love kids. I think children are the world's most valuable asset. I have three wonderful kids of my own. I also work at an elementary school with more great kids. I am a reading intervention teacher. I work with students who are struggling with reading skills. It is a very fulfilling job.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS church when I was 17 years old. My family was not a religious one. I came to the church through good friends. I met with the missionaries for many months, asked them a lot of tough questions, read the Book of Mormon, prayed about what I was taught and waited to feel something. I eventually made the decision to be baptized. It was not because I suddenly knew it all to be true. It was because I had a sure knowledge that living my life as a Momorn would be the happiest life for me. It's been almost 25 years, and I been blessed with a very happy life. I have a wonderful husband and three great kids. I have a community of church members who love me and my family. I have the power of prayer and the knowledge of my Savior to guide me and comfort me. I make choices based on what God would have me do. This knowledge helps me find my way in a very crazy world.

How I live my faith

I believe the best way to live my faith is through service. I think if you want to follow the Savior's example, you need to walk as he did. In Matthew 25:40 he taught: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." The church has given me many opportunities to give service. I have taught people from age 3 to age 80. I have organized carnivals, large dinners, and other actvities. I have indexed names for genealogical research. I have been a counselor at a teen summer camp. I have made dinners for families in need. I have chauffered kids to all sorts of events. I have visited with struggling families and tried to offer comfort and encouragement. The skills I have developed in serving in the church have been useful in serving outside it as well. I have volunteered in my children's schools and in my community. The funny thing about service is that the more your serve, the more you gain. The blessings I have received through serving others far outweigh the costs of that service.