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Hi I'm Adam Leonhardt

I was born and raised in Kentucy. I'm a Part-Time Indiana Army National Guardsman and a Full-Time restaurant cook. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I went to public school my whole life, got average grades, and have had a variety of friends of different faiths and lifestyles. Like many LDS men/boys, I participated in the Boy Scouts of America and earned my Eagle Scout rank, along with 42 Merit Badges. In my scouting career i served in positions as Troop Chaplain, Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, and Troop Mentor. I graduated High School with an Honors Degree and was awarded the Jefferson County Public Schools IT Communications Acheivement award. In my professional career I have been an Assistant Manager for Dominos Pizza, a Crew trainer at Qdoba Mexican Grill, and a Line Cook at AP Crafter's Kitchen and Bar. I also have experience in landscaping and have volunteered to help at a Nursing Home and during a Spina Bifida convention. I am also a recent enlistee in the Indiana Army National Guard.

Why I am a Mormon

In my life, I feel I've been of two faiths. I was born LDS. I grew up in the church while living in a city where my faith was a vast minority. When I was thirteen years old, I made a decision in my life to see if this whole thing was true. So I prayed about it one night with a true desire to know for myself, and Ifelt an overwhelming spirit that confirmed to me that it was true. At that point I went from being "LDS By Birth" to "LDS By Choice". In my view, two different faiths. Even now, years later, The Gospel continues to influence me in decisions I make not just in every day life, but important life decisions such as my career, my living situation, and most important in my life: Overcoming an addiction. Having made more progress overcoming an addiction through The Gospel rather than by my own willpower, one day at a time, I am reminded and strengthened in my knowledge that this church is true.

How I live my faith

I read scriptures anywhere from five to seven days a week in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Reading the two simultaneously gives me a great appreciation for the history and doctrines of both books and only reinforces to me how well they work together to testify of Christ. I attend Church every Sunday and teach the Gospel Principles class in my branch every third week. I attend the Church's addiction recovery program nearly every sunday and alternate on Thursdays between attending the Recovery meeting on that day and going to Institute. Owing everything to my God, I pray before I eat, before I Drive, and as a recovering addict, whenever i am tempted to relapse. Having had a testimony since my teen years, i have developed my personality and attutude around the principles of The Gospel. Lying is not my style. Drinking is not my style. Smoking is not my style. Sex out of marriage is not my style. Gambling is not my style. Intolerance is not my style. Compassion is my style. Empathy is my style. Loyalty is my style. Clean living is my style. Seeking to better myself and to help others is my style. These are not only attributes influenced by a desire to live my faith, but are true to the core of my being. They are qualities that have helped me at work and life abroad, and has helped to influence close friends and family to make their lives better.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Adam Leonhardt
Definition of CULT: noun 1. a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies. 2. an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, especially as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult. 3. the object of such devotion. 4. a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc. 5. Sociology . a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols. By this definition, yes, we are a cult. And so are Catholics, Protestants, Hindus, and all other religions. When this word is used to criticize the church, it is illogical for it to be a criticism as the word pertains to all other religions, and even some non-religious institutions. I feel thet this word is often confused with OCCULT adjective 1. of or pertaining to magic, astrology, or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers or agencies. 2. beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious. 3. secret; disclosed or communicated only to the initiated. 4. hidden from view. 5.(in early science) a. not apparent on mere inspection but discoverable by experimentation. b. of a nature not understood, as physical qualities. c. dealing with such qualities; experimental: occult science. This definition does not describe the church in any way. Enough said. :) Show more Show less