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Hi I'm Leanne

I'm an only girl with five older brothers. I love music and being active. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 19 year old who loves adventure and music. I sing, play the piano, guitar, and Ukulele. I enjoy writing music and hope to have some of my songs published in the future! My entire life I have always loved to play sports such as soccer or volleyball. Then, in college, I developed a love for rock climbing and backpacking. Basically anything outdoors, I'm game for! I have recently been called to serve as a missionary for the LDS church. My place of labor is in the Florida, Fort Lauderdale mission, Spanish Speaking! I am so excited and honored to be able to go and share my faith with others.

Why I am a Mormon

Being born into the church doesn't mean I haven't had my own struggles with it. When I was younger I just went to church because that was what the family was doing. Every Sunday I'd wake up and get ready for church because I didn't know anything different. As I got older I had friends that weren't members and I soon realized that not everyone's family was like mine. After realizing this I wanted to learn for myself if what my parents believed in and what they taught me was true. I wanted to go to church because I wanted to, not because my family was going. For the first time I started reading the Book of Mormon by myself. This time it was different because I was reading it for me. During this time of struggle, I had the opportunity to attend an LDS camp just for girls at the University of Utah. While there I listened to a talk from one of the leaders. She shared an experience of how she had wanted to know if Jesus Christ was the Savior and if He knew and loved her. Her prayers were answered during a movie when she all of a sudden was overwhelmed with a feeling of warmth. And right then she knew He loved her and knew who she was. After hearing this I knew I wanted to know the same thing. My answer didn't come until a year later when I was attending the girls service ranch as a camper. We were out in the woods having a final testimony meeting. Sitting there in cold, listening to one of the girl's stories, I thought about my leader's experience. Right then, I said a little prayer asking Heavenly Father if He knew me and if Jesus Christ was my Savior, and if He loved me. All of a sudden the cold air I had been feeling disappeared and I felt warm arms wrap around me in a solid embrace. That was when I knew that this gospel was true and that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ loved me and knew who I was. And I knew I wanted to be apart of it this gospel and stay apart of it.

How I live my faith

Throughout my entire life I have been involved in the church. At the age twelve I was put into my first leadership position among the young women in my ward. Since then I have been called into many more such positions. I have had other opportunities to be involved in a service ranch in Idaho, where I got to serve as a counselor for younger girls. The ranch is run by an LDS couple who's goal is to help the girls understand the importance of hard work and the gospel in our lives. My job was to be an example for the girls and help them learn the importance of these principles. I also had the opportunity to go on a humanitarian expedition to Santa Cruz, Bolivia. There me and a couple of other youth, worked together to help build a new school building for children in a small village outside Santa Cruz. Then, for the past two summers I have served as a counselor at Brighton LDS Girl's camp. Each week I was assigned 8 to 10 girls to watch over as we did the various activities up at camp. Through these activities and nightly devotionals I tried my best to teach the girls that they are each Daughters of a Father in Heaven who loves them, and that they have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for them, because He too, loves them. Even with all these amazing opportunities, I live my faith by just trying to be a good example to the people around me everyday. I'm not perfect, but thankfully, my Heavenly Father doesn't expect me to be. He just expects me to perfectly try.