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Hi I'm Leland Shields

I am a wrestler, I obtained my Eagle Scout at age 12, I'm a mormon.

About Me

I go to Mount Si High School in Washington. We just moved over here from Bellevue to build a log home. Scouting is a big part of my life; I am Brotherhood in the Order of The Arrow, earned my Denali Award, and attained the rank of Eagle at the age of 12 and a half. This will be my second season of wrestling. I believe wrestling is one of (if not) the greatest sport there is out there. Put aside the tight singlets and sweaty mats, this sport teaches you how to set short and long-term goals, dedication, hard work, mentality, and self respect. These values carry off the mat into your regular life. And the same goes with Scouting.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church and my family has always been members. I continue to follow the gospel because the people that are around you are always happy, which makes you feel happy too. In a ironic sense, we're pretty much a big family, I look forward to going to youth activity night, camp outs with the troop, and just going where ever another member is. I also know that the idea of a family is an important one. Family will always be there for you when sometimes your friends will not. There's just something that clicks when you're with family. Even though you probably had a silly argument with a sibling or something, both of you get over it quickly and get back to living and loving. If something like this happened with a friend, there is a slim chance that friend might never forgive you. Which brings me to another point, forgiveness and repentance have been a big part of my life. These actions can even be used in the smallest of things. I know that through the light and love of Christ, we can all love each other and be saved in the end.

How I live my faith

I just got called to be the President for my Teacher's Quorum, which is pretty exciting. I attend almost all the mutual/young men nights (which will be harder now because of wrestling). I attend seminary willingly every morning before school and I enjoy being there with all the other youth. Seminary is like a 'refresh' or 'restart' button for me; it helps me clear out my head and strengthen my testimony every morning. When I go home teaching with my dad every month, I've learned that the families we serve really need our help and it is my responsibility to give the love and service they need in our life. The family we home teach has a kid close to my age, so we have become really good friends in the outcome of all of this. Now a couple years later, I really enjoyed being Teacher's Quorum President. Now being a priest, I enjoy blessing the sacrament each week in place for our Savior to better our Ward. Each time I do so, it's that nice reminder about the atonement, while at the same time I cleanse myself by partaking of the sacrament.