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Hi I'm Leigh-Ellen

People matter most! I find hope and joy in daily living ...I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a Virginian....Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia; my parents joined the Church when I was 7 years old. During the pivotal years of my teenage life, I carried around a heavy heart. I remember going out in my backyard one late evening and looking upon the stars on the river pleading with the Lord to answer my simple earnest prayer to know if He was really there and if He knew me as His child. Immediately I felt His love embracing me. Knowing He knew my name and was abiding with me was ever so comforting. Through that experience, feeling of His divine love for me, I promised to live a fully committed life, devoted to living and teaching the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I received a witness that the gospel is true! It was the love of a Young Woman's leader, Sister Redfern, that assured me I was a daughter of God with divine qualities. She taught me as Elder Callister so beautifully wrote that "the pedigree of our spirit can be written on a single line." Knowing this at an early age helped me make correct/good choices and gave me the confidence I needed to walk with God. I have always strived to live a life of purpose and meaning and pay it forward for the tender mercies I have been blessed with in abundance.

Why I am a Mormon

I count my family and the gospel as the greatest of life's blessings. Never a day goes by that I don't thank the good Lord for all. I continually strive to hear His voice instead of the voice of the world. It is indeed the "Plan of Happiness." The gospel compels me to practice Christianity, not just believe it. As I have studied the scriptures, I have come to know through the power of the Spirit of God that these books contain the fullness of the gospel. I am strengthened with the understanding that being blessed does not mean that we will be spared all the difficulties of life. I know God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, whose Church this is. I testify with gratitude‍ of the Atonement of our Savior. I am thankful I have the opportunity to repent and better my life by striving to emulate His teachings. The choice is ours. My favorite scripture is found in the Book of Mormon, Helaman 5:12. The Lord is our sure foundation, without Him....we are nothing. May we be inspired by the carved inscription of a quotation usually attributed to Shakespeare, which reads: "What E'er Thou Art, Act Well Thy Part." I hope we may ponder and live by this and in accordance with our true identity. May we strive to make a positive difference wherever we live and bloom where we are planted. May we talk of Christ, rejoice in Christ, preach of Christ and live His teachings. Born with a smile; I am a grateful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend and I'm a Mormon!

How I live my faith

Family is everything! My husband retired after 30 years serving in the U.S. Army. How we love this great country and the privileges and freedoms we have! Raising 6 wonderful children while he was away much of the time was not easy, but I always had a great supportive ward family. We lived just outside of Queens, NY when 9/11 occurred. The world as we knew it would never be the same. My husband served in Iraq for over 1 year, coming home only once for our daughter's wedding. It was an intense stressful time in our lives, but I learned to get over my fears by helping and serving others. My love and passion for life is family and people. I thrive on meeting new people and establishing new friendships. My sisters came to visit me in NYC one summer weekend. We were on the subway, going to a Broadway show, when a man from a foreign country approached and asked to use my cell phone. I said sure and gave him my phone. Because I was the "shy" child growing up, my sisters were surprised how everyone I met that day on the streets of NYC became a friend instead of a stranger. I know we are God's children and can find joy in daily living as we connect and serve our brothers and sisters daily. I have so enjoyed serving as a youth leader for over 25 years and love teaching these great truths! President Hinckley's quote has become my motto for living, "May our kindness to one another be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe."