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Hi I'm Leah Navas

I eat lots of vegetables. I love to sing songs. I married a Guatemalan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the last of seven noisy and loving children. I treasure my parents. My dad passed away from cancer when I was 14, but he left a lasting impression on me because of the way he prioritized his time. I remember him often saying, "A hundred-billion years from now, will it matter?" I grew up playing and singing music alongside the rest of my family. Since I was very young I have loved being active; to play sports, garden, hike and swim. I have always been someone who asks "why". I have a strong desire to understand myself and the world around me better. I grew up in a highly industrialized, western world. Upon graduating from college I began to simplify my life. I sold my car to ride a bike. I gave away my excess clothes. Now I grow most of what I eat. I choose to have my time over money on a daily basis. I would rather practice the piano than clock in an extra hour of work. I met and married a man who shares my vision of simplicity. I love to spend time with my husband. We often find ourselves together cooking in the kitchen, working in the garden or playing tennis. We are moving to Guatemala, where he is from. I long to master Spanish and first-hand experience his culture. I am excited and nervous about all the lifestyle changes ahead of me. Coming from a large and loving family, I want to have children of my own in the coming years. My husband and I look forward to learning from our kids and sharing the light that has been given to us.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, in part, because I was born into a family with deep Mormon roots. I am a Mormon, in part, because I love and look up to my parents, and they are Mormons, too. I am choosing to be a Mormon today because I believe in Joseph Smith's intention to sanctify humankind and that he had a strong and unique connection to an all-knowing God. I am choosing to be a Mormon today because Mormonism encompasses all truth. I am choosing to be a Mormon today because I study the Book of Mormon and believe its message has power to change me. I am choosing to be a Mormon today because I believe in the warmest, most forgiving and tender God portrayed by the prophets Jacob and Enoch. I am choosing to be a Mormon today because of the way Mormonism has connected me to ideas, people, experiences and revelation that teach me about God's character and my purpose. I am choosing to be a Mormon today because the voices of our modern prophets strengthen and motivate me. I am not a Mormon because the Mormon church is perfect. I am a Mormon because I believe the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and, maybe most importantly, because I want to believe them.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to have pure desires. I live my faith by praying everyday. I live my faith by searching for meaning in pain. I live my faith by watching and being inspired by others. I live my faith by listening to others. I live my faith by meditating. I live my faith by trying to be better over and over again, even when I am discouraged. I live my faith by contemplating the big picture. I live my faith by visiting lonely people. I live my faith by asking questions. I live my faith by feeling grateful. I live my faith by going to church each Sunday. I live my faith by seeking truth. I live my faith by teaching 4 year olds about Jesus Christ. I live my faith by forgiving myself. I live my faith by listening to God's prophets. I live my faith by trying to be like a kid again.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Leah Navas
Ask! Never be afraid to ask questions and seek for truth. This is how I have gained a testimony of many of Mormonism's teachings, and I believe it to be the only way. Show more Show less