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Hi I'm Leian Michelle

I grew up and still live in Indiana and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single mother. That wasn't my plan but the Lord often has a plan for us that we aren't yet aware of. I want other single mothers to know how much the Lord loves you and is there for you. I try to help those in my situation realize that God loves them, that they are not alone, and that The Gospel is true, that it will help them, that there is always hope and help. I was born and raised in Indiana. My parent's faith in The Lord helped shape who I am and guided me toward a life of trying to align myself with Christ. I went to BYU-I and met and fell in love with a man whom I thought I would be with forever. Realizing that I deserved a life without anger and the things that come from it, I moved myself back to Indiana, with children in tow, and focus on God and family. It was during those hard times, that I leaned on my Savior and survived, even thrived. I have learned great lessons from my trials. It wasn't always easy. (and still isn't) Thankfully, I have wonderful parents and a church family that helped along the way. Where I fell short, The Lord stepped in. I love watching both of my kids growing in the Gospel. I have had my struggles in this life. I have been through things I didn't think I could make it through. But by my side, every step of the way, The Lord and my Savior have been there to build me up when I felt crumbled. We are so blessed! I am SO BLESSED!!!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have a personal testimony of Jesus Christ. I may have been raised in the church but I have had little conversions throughout my life. With each trial, I have turned to The Lord and through His Hand in my life, I have gained a greater and stronger testimony. He has always come to my aid when I needed Him. I have a Testimony of this Gospel and this church. I know that it is true. I know that Christ lives. I know that He knows me individually and that He loves me. I know that by reading the Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, you can, and will gain a closer relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that The Lord speaks to a prophet today. I know that The Lord guides this church and has a hand in everyone's life. I know that He will comfort you, help you, and build you up if you only ask.

How I live my faith

I try to be an example to others through my actions. I openly talk about my faith and answer any questions that come my way. I love attending the temple. I have had many callings throughout my life starting as a youth. I have served in organizational leadership areas for the women at church, Activities Committee, Primary/Sunday School, Visiting Teacher, and even (early morning) Seminary Teacher! I think one of my greatest challenges and testimony building callings at church was teaching Seminary. This is a Bible (Old and New Testament), Book of Mormon, and Church History study class for the High School aged youth. Where I live they attend early in the morning before school even starts. By teaching this class, I gained an even closer relationship with Christ and knowledge of His love for me. I shared many moments of my sons mission with others through his weekly emails, that can be found here: (http://elderjonnybravo.blogspot.com/) As a family we like to feed the local missionaries and enjoy their presence in our home. If you haven't had the chance to have them in your home, I invite you to ask them over. If you are a member, they will help strengthen the testimony you already have. If you are not a member, they can help you find a closer relationship with God and knowledge of His hand in your life and the restored Gospel.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Leian Michelle
Every member is called to be a missionary. Whether or not a person serves a full time mission is a deeply personal decision that a person, or couple makes often with counsel from family members, their bishop, and through lots of personal prayer. I am the mother of a returned missionary and for him it was a decision he took seriously. I am pleased that he served and I know he was blessed, as was I, from his serving a full time mission. Yes, it is a choice. But the blessing that come from it are greater than any struggle. Show more Show less