What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Leanne.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay-at-home mom of three boys, and the wife of the most wonderful husband in the world. I enjoy traveling, reading, genealogy, and doing anything that involves my family. I am a convert to the church. Before my boys came along, I was in retail management. I collect teddy bears, and I am an animal lover. I love to sing, especially choral performance. My most favorite thing about my life? Being a mom.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a home with loving, God-fearing parents who sought to raise me right, and that included going to church. I don't remember ever being happy there, although I'm sure there were some good times. I was baptized there. The minister held a long-stemmed rose, dipped it into water and touched my head with it. On our ride home my Dad asked me what I felt during the baptism. I had felt the water trickle down my face and how badly that tickled, but I was fairly sure that wasn't the feeling he asked about. I know now that he wondered if I had experienced a spiritual stirring during my baptism. I imagine that he had felt something as he watched me participate in the ordinance, but the truth was that I hadn't felt anything and was just glad to be going home for lunch. It wouldn't be too many years later that I would learn that a very important "something" was missing from what had just happened to me. The baptism didn't change my feelings about going to that church. Every Sunday I told my Dad that I didn't want to go. He tried so hard to only do what was good for me. Finally he said that when I was old enough to find a church for myself, then I could change churches. How old was old enough? He didn't answer me, but a few years later he honored his promise when the time came. My senior year in high school, I was assigned a term paper on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In my research I learned that families could be eternal. I was in a church that taught that the family dissolves at death. I loved my family! I wanted to be with them forever! I knew I had to know more. After several months of being taught by the missionaries, I agreed to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was immersed, not only in the baptismal waters but also in the Holy Spirit. This was what was missing in the rose baptism. Thirty-eight years ago and I am still touched as I remember the feeling!

How I live my faith

In our church, our high school-aged youth have the opportunity to attend a scripture study program (known as Seminary) every day that school is in session. I am an early-morning seminary teacher. We meet at 6:45 every morning, and then the students go to school. They feel that their day starts on the right foot as they study the scriptures. This helps them to have the whole armor of God to protect them from the fiery darts of Satan that they will surely face during the school day. This year we have been studying the Old Testament. It has been a great blessing for me! I love starting my day with them every morning. They are awesome!!

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Leanne.
Missions are not required, but many many members of the Church have a very strong desire to serve. As a mother of three boys, it was my hope that they would want to become missionaries when they reached age 19. A mission helps these young people to forget themselves for awhile. They serve full-time, leaving behind friends and family. They learn to depend on their Heavenly Father. When our boys were little, we talked about the day that they would someday go on their missions, but when the time came, ultimately it had to be their decision whether or not they would go. Leaving home was a great leap of faith for each of them, but it has been one of the greatest blessings of their lives. Their missions are known as "the best two years". Show more Show less