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Hi I'm Leon

I'm a clinical psychologist, we have 5 kids one is deaf, I love sports, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the proud father of 5 wonderful children and a very blessed husband. I like to spend time with my family playing in the back yard or playing games. We love to be outside and love it more when we are on a lake. I love college football and most any sport; I love to watch them and play them. I am a clinical psychologist. I study addiction and motivation and am fascinated by how people make choices.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it's right. I was born in the Church and have from a young age enjoyed my participation. I am always gaining a more sure witness; being a part of this online sharing is a part of that. Another experience also helped. When I was 14 I was at an Aaronic Priesthood camp. It was nice but what stands out is when I took a moment one evening to kneel and pray alone. When I asked if the Gospel is true and if Joseph Smith is a prophet an overwhelming feeling came to me. I did not get a "yes" as my answer, instead I felt "you already know it is true, and you have known for a long time." It is not that I don't have my struggles at times but I know where I can find peace. I know that in my life when things get hard for me the best thing to do is reevaluate and begin to live Christ's teaching better. I have seen it as a professional as well. I have noticed as a psychologist that people who get better in my office inevitably make changes in their lives so that their life represents Christ's teachings more. This is not because I necessarily prompt them in that direction but because when we are following His teachings in our lives that we are necessarily more happy even if things are still hard.

How I live my faith

The Church is a big part of my life. When we (I say we because my wife did a lot of work too) were in school away from home the Church was our family. I loved serving the students in the branch presidency for 4 years. I have since served in various positions including, ward missionary, stake athletic director, and high council. I love to speak and present training and firesides. Because of my educational background, I have been able to present a number of trainings to local ward and stake leaders on ways to better help individuals with impulse control problems. I love to be active in the community. I especially enjoy coaching little league sports and participating in community projects. My family looks for ways to help around the community; my wife is especially perceptive of other people's needs. More personally, each evening my family gathers together to read scripture, sing, pray, and each of us shares a special blessing (or favorite thing for the little ones) from our day.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

To me a ward/branch is not only a congregation or even a place where we develop friendships, though that is true. It is a family. When we moved 30 hours from home and family our branch was our family. We did everything with them. They served us and we served them. The members tended our children and we all pulled weeds together at the garden. When we recently moved over 30 members of our new ward were at our home waiting to move us in. To me ward/branch means family. We are all children of a loving Father in Heaven and He has given us each other. Show more Show less