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Hi I'm Leah

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Canada but now live in Utah. I have my own catering business and I am an anti-asbestos activist.

About Me

My husband and I have two boys. We love to spend time outdoors. Going camping, hiking, four wheeling and shooting are things we like to do as a family. We also love to travel and see new parts of our country. In my spare time I enjoy working on family history and finding out what my ancestors did and where they came from. Some of ours trips have included finding graves, family land and towns where our ancestors came from. I also love to cook. We love to eat ethnic foods and to try new things. I started my own catering business years ago so that I was able to stay home with my kids. It’s just a small business but it allows me to do something I enjoy and make a little money at the same time. About 6 years ago I lost my dad to mesothelioma, cancer caused by asbestos exposure. I closed my catering business and left my husband and our two young sons for two months to go home and care for dad since his dying wish was to stay home until the end and my mom needed help. It was a difficult but rewarding experience. Since his passing I have learned a lot about asbestos. I have become an anti-asbestos advocate and, along with my sister, have organized a Walk to Remember Victims of Asbestos, have co-founded Canadian Voices of Asbestos Victims and have spoken out about the dangers of asbestos in various venues. My goal is to see asbestos banned in Canada and the U.S. because too many lives are lost to this mineral.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 8 1/2 years old I was baptized with my parents when they converted to the LDS faith. I had my free agency and I still remember the missionaries asking me if I wanted to be baptized and if I really believed Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. The answer was 'yes' to both questions and has never changed. I am incredibly happy with my life and I believe those blessings that enrich my life come from a Heavenly Father who loves me. I know that God lives and loves each one of us. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that He suffered and died for each of us so that we could once again return to live with our Father in Heaven. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today, Pres. Thomas S. Monson. He teaches us the things we need to know so that we can live happier, more fulfilling lives. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. If we follow the counsel given in that book, we will lead happier lives. The greatest joy I know comes from doing what is right. I want my kids to learn this so that they can be happy as they grow and so that they know where true happiness comes from. The most comforting belief that I have found is knowing that my family can be together forever. I can't imagine losing a loved one and thinking I would never see them again. I know that I can be with my family in the eternities if I do what is right. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us all. They want us to be happy. They want us to excel and succeed at our righteous desires. They want us to be in their presence again someday.

How I live my faith

I play the organ in my ward. I also teach a class on doing your family history, which I love! I have to study a lot in order to feel confident enough to get up in front of everyone. My husband is the bishop (lay minister) of our ward so he is pretty busy with his calling. It's nice in our church because you get the opportunity to serve in various jobs and meet new people. Typically you do a 'job' for about three years and then you get a different job, allowing you to grow and meet new people. I am a visiting teacher, which means I go out once a month with another woman and visit three women in the ward. We always have fun and have a nice visit as well as give them a short religious message. It gives me a chance to get to know people that otherwise I may not have known. Changes happen frequently so you may not visit the same people or have the same partner for long. One of the partners I had has become one of my best friends. We likely never would have gotten to know each other had we not served as visiting teaching partners. We now spend several days a week walking to get some exercise and visiting widows we know. I have volunteered at my kid's school over the years and it's been fun getting to know their teachers. I love talking to older people in the community and my husband and I love to have the widows and widowers from our ward over for dinner. I like doing it to help teach my kids some manners, too! The elderly have so much to offer!