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Hi I'm J

I served in the ghettos of Detroit, I'm studying to be a newsanchor, I love to make people laugh, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm J Leonard and I was born and raised in Deer Lake Washington. I'm the third out of nine kids, so I'm pro at taking care of children. I'm serving a mission in Detroit-Mexicantown and preachin the word in Spanish. My favorite things to do are hiking, biking, swimming, splitting firewood, video games, cooking, and cleaning; I hate messy houses. Oh and I love to WORK OUT!! When the sun is shining bright and hot with no clouds I am always outside doing something that will break a sweat off of me, like soccer, football, labor, or running. I love muscle cars, especially the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, and I have seen many of them here in Motown. Before my mission I went to SVU, but let me tell you now: there are much better schools out there. So now I plan on going to school somewhere else to be a news reporter or a voice actor because I have a strong, clear voice that will be perfect for the job. I have been told that I sound like a narrator when I read so I'm using that to my advantage. Some skills I want to pick up are better cooking, flying airplanes, car mechanics, and martial arts. I want to have at least three children so I can pass my name, John Naylin Leonard, to my third child like my dad did to me. As an older brother, I want my six younger siblings to become even better people than I am, and I will have this same desire for my own children when their time on earth comes.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, along with my 8 siblings. I went to church like a normal kid would, but didn't really enjoy it. I read the Book of Mormon a few times with my family and a few times on my own (7 times as of January 2014). When I read it the seventh time I used a pen and marked scriptures with thoughts that came to mind and even drew little sketches to help me visualize things. This time I gained a solid testimony of the truths it contains. I know that God has revealed what happened to the people in America during the time of Christ. Not only can I enjoy and teach the doctrines found in The Book of Mormon, but I can also bare testimony that Joseph Smith really was a prophet of God. Over the passed year in my mission, I've begun to realize how important the Book of Mormon really is and how much it truly matters. The Gospel has also taught me what is important in life. I see people everyday who seem to be out of money all the time. But I know that living the Gospel reveals to us which things in life are worth our time and money. No wonder why active members of the church are always so grateful for what they have, because they know exactly what they need. I can never give enough thanks to God that I was born and raised in the one true church.

How I live my faith

Through my faith I have become the man that I am today. When I was in high school I was a very highly respected and looked up to kinda guy. I got along with just about anybody I met; all you gotta do is smile and ask people how they are doing, and live a life that you can look back on and say "I did pretty dang good." This led to many rewards such as winning homecoming royalty my junior year and Executive ASB President for my senior year. I live my life by the motto "lead by example." People need somebody to look up to and follow; somebody to take that first step and show others how to take those steps as well. I am doing my best to be that example by not only showing others the way, but improving myself along the way too. The biggest thing that I am doing to live that motto is serving a mission. I first came out here with the desire to show my younger siblings that missions were cool and worth the time, and so far it has been very effective. But over time from being out on the field, I have realized that it is not only my family that I have to lead, but also the people in my mission. There are so many people out there begging for the Gospel, and I plan on bringing it to as many people as I can. I want to show unto the entire world that the heavens are open and that God is not only guiding us with a prophet but is also looking out for every one of us individually. I want to help the Lord in his work and glory "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

J
Holding the priesthood is a big responsibility. When I think about my mom, she has already got tons of responsibilities and duties as a wife, mother, and teacher. If God permitted women to hold the priesthood, then that would be one more duty for women to have to carry. The men would sit back and relax because, let's face it, men are naturally more lazy than women. The women would then have nearly ALL of the responsibility while the men would do next to nothing in the church. In my mind, having the men hold the priesthood keeps them upright and on their feet because we know how serious of a responsibility it is to hold this power. Show more Show less