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Hi I'm LeeAnn

I grew up in Ohio. I love learning. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love learning! I especially love history- it amazes me how the world has changed through the years and differs from what I'm accustomed to. Reading is also an interest. Books allow me to see the joys, challenges, and circumstances of people and places that I would otherwise never get to see. Perhaps this is why I have such a huge imagination! I don't know if I'd call traveling a goal, but I would love to see Europe, particularly England. I am currently a college student. My school is far from home, but I love it! I love the classes, the atmosphere, the people I meet, and the experiences I have. Although I'm far from home, I love my summers at home with family and friends. Growing up, my parents divorced when I was in junior high. It was hard, and there are still tough moments,but it's helped shape who I've become for the better. I will soon be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'll spend 18 months away from home, but I see how much the gospel of Christ has benefited and blessed my life. Because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I know God is there to walk beside me. He understands the pain and hurt I feel, and I feel His love to comfort me. Because of Jesus Christ, I know I am a daughter of God. I have purpose, I have direction, I have worth. I want others to feel of God's love and experience the blessings that I have. I know He knows each of His children and helps us through the hard times that are apart of life!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints so to speak: my immediate family members were all baptized, so I grew up going to the Church. At the age of 12, I decided I wanted to know if everything I had been taught was true or not. So I started reading the Book of Mormon. I honestly don't remember much from that time, but I know that's when my life started to change. I wanted to learn His will. I made an effort to live the standards. I started enjoying going to church. I searched out good things. I learned the Lord loved me. I began learning of His gospel. I learned the power of prayer. I made new friends who encouraged me to be a better me. Because of these changes and my involvement with the Church, I have experienced so much comfort, peace, joy, and have so many wonderful memories and experiences. I now have a direction to my life. I've still had challenges and heartache, but the gospel of Christ offers guidance, support, and peace through these challenges. I'm so grateful for the Lord's restored gospel in my life. The Lord's standards and commandments have protected me from the heartache of sin, and the knowledge that Heavenly Father loves His children individually has been a source of comfort. I continue to follow His gospel because I know it leads to happiness and that it is the only way to salvation. I know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live and that They love me, and They love every person on earth. They will help us through our challenges if we turn to Them. I know Jesus Christ died to atone for our sins, and that we can repent of our sins through sincere repentance. The Holy Bible and Book of Mormon support each other, and both are necessary to understand His gospel. The Church is the Lord's Church, and it is lead by those He has appointed.

How I live my faith

At school, my congregation consisted of people from my apartment complex. Every Monday night apartments would get together to share an inspirational thought and then have a fun activity. Our ward also had fun activities- we had dances, talent shows, and holiday themed activities. Every Sunday night we would meet together in the apartment complex lounge, have an inspirational thought or two, and then pray together. We also had a "nice notes" box, where you could write a nice note to anyone in the ward and a few designated people would deliver them for you. My ward also participated in the community. For example, a group of ward members planned a special needs Christmas carnival for our ward to host and asked each apartment to man a table. Special needs individuals were able to come to the carnival and participate in activities such as countdown-paper-chain making, face painting, dancing, coloring, cookie decorating, and ornament making. Santa even made a guest appearance. Our congregation felt like a family, and I loved being able to worship God, make friends and be uplifted by them, and create so many memories. Since returning from college recently, I attend a new congregation. The doctrine is the same, but the ward covers a much larger area and has a wider array of people since it's not a college town. It too creates a ward family and has several activities. There are activities for all age ranges, and ward activities are family oriented.