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Hi I'm Leah

I call North East Tennessee home. I married my best friend. I am a Mother. I am grateful for everyday. I am a Mormon

About Me

Both of my parents are converts to the church. (my Mother was raised Baptist and my Father was raised in the Episcopal Church) They joined the church two years before I was born. I was born in Colorado, but spent most of my childhood in Utah. About 11 years ago my family moved to Tennessee, and I absolutely LOVE it here. I was lucky enough to marry my best friend (a good ol' southern boy) I adore and love my husband very much. Through our marriage we have had MANY good times, and from time to time, challenges and trials, all of these experiences have brought us closer together. My husband and I enjoy gardening and have a mini farm in our backyard. Our goal is to have a real farm after he graduates from college. I am a Mother to two very energetic little boys. I love being a Mother. My days can feel LONG, full of messes and spills, exploration and curiosity, some tears but lots of laughter and joy. I am reminded every time I look at them how special they are and how blessed I am to be their Mom. Our youngest son was born 15 weeks early. He weighed 1 lb 13 oz and was given a 20% chance to live. He spent 100 days in the NICU, underwent heart surgery before he was 1 month old, he had MANY bad days and lots of small victories. Through prayer, priesthood blessings and fasting our son is healthy and has absolutely no side effects from his early birth. He reminds me that MIRACLES DO HAPPEN, strengthen comes from trails and everyday is a blessing from our Father in Heaven.

Why I am a Mormon

This is a easy choice for me. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints brings peace and happiness into my life. Unfortunately, I know where I would be without the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I haven't always made the best choices and because of those choices I had a season of sadness and pain. Through the process of repentance, I grew to remember how much my Father in Heaven loves me. His love is pure and when given the opportunity it can change you for the better. I know that our Heavenly Father is a kind, loving, forgiving God. I know that Jesus Christ is His son, Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I am able to repent of my sins. I know that just like Adam, Noah and Moses were Prophets of God, so was Joseph Smith. I know that as a young boy he prayed and his prayer was answered. He saw God our Father, and Jesus Christ. He was a good and righteous man. After reading The Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon I know that God has always given his children instructions and guidance. Both of these holy scriptures testify of Jesus Christ. I know that if you read The Book of Mormon you will receive confirmation that it is the word of God. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will bring joy and happiness into your life, because it has for me. I am so grateful for the knowledge that families can be together forever. When our youngest son was fighting the hardest battle of his life, there were times we weren't sure if he would live to see another day. I was comforted with the knowledge that life does not end at death. Families can be together forever. I am thankful for the miracles and blessings I have received in my life. I am thankful for God's grace and love. I know that He can heal a broken soul, strengthen a weary heart and bless you with so much joy if given the chance.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in lots of different ways. At home I focus on teaching my sons about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How the atonement can bless their lives. How keeping God's commandments brings us peace and happiness. The greatest accomplishment I can have is to raise my children to love and obey our Father in Heaven. At church I get the opportunity to work with the youth, particularly the young women. On Sundays we meet together for one hour, during this time we discus topics like: Faith in God, Overcoming Trials, Strengthening your Family, Modesty, Serving Others, Making Good Choices, Dating, etc. I am amazed at how strong and confident our young women are. I love to hear how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is helping them with challenges they face at school or home. We also meet for one hour on Wednesday nights and it's a lot of fun. We often make crafts, cook, decorate cakes, play games, serve people in our community, learn new skills, and most of all, talk and just spend time together. I am also involved in our youth girls camp. (I am the "Craft Lady") For one week 200 young women leave their families, homes, cell phones, computers and other distractions to spend time together and enjoy nature. (we do have air conditioned cabins and showers, so it's not that bad) It's a great bonding opportunity for the girls. There are a lot of opportunities for the girls to learn and master skills at camp (canoeing, archery, fire starting, first aid, etc) but I think the most important thing they learn at camp is that they are Daughters Of God. They are special to him. He loves them. When these young women "un-plug" from the world for a week at camp, they are given quiet moments to build their testimonies and relationship with our Father in Heaven. I look forward to girls camp every year. It's a lot of fun.