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Hi I'm LeRon Torrie

I have farmed in southern Alberta, Canada all my life. With my wife, I am now going to serve a mission for the LDS Church.

About Me

I have lived all my life on a farm in southern Alberta, Canada. My grandfather came to Canada from Utah as an orphan about 1900. He bought the ranch in 1921 where we now live. I am the third generation of my family to farm this land and our 3 sons are now taking over the ranch so that my wife and I can serve a full-time mission for the LDS Church. I love the land the farming life-style. Our sons and daughters grew up working on the farm and it was a great place to raise them as we worked together almost every day.

Why I am a Mormon

My great-Grandfather joined the Church in Scotland and went to Utah to better practice his faith. My Grandfather came to Canada as a teenager and was active in the Church. When he bought the ranch where we now live, there was no functioning Church unit so he was instrumental in organizing one that has continued now for almost 100 years. In 1952, during the Korean War, my father, then a local Seventy and a young married man with 2 children, left his wife and children and answered the call of a Prophet to leave them and serve a 2 year full-time mission. I was born while he was away serving that mission and I vividly remember seeing him for the first time when he returned and I was 2 years old. There is a legacy of faith and devotion to the Church in my family that I was raised with. All my growing up years, my parents put the Church first in their lives. As I grew up with this example, I came to see the blessings that resulted from such devotion and I wanted them in my life too. Of course, I answered the call to serve when I was 19 and served a 2 year mission to Japan. The Lord then blessed me with a wonderful wife and companion who I married in the Temple upon my return. We have been blessed with 5 wonderful children in our marriage all of whom are now active in the Church. As I now look back on my 62 years of life, I can see that the Lord has blessed me in more ways than I can even list. I have been amply repaid for any small service I have given to the Lord. As I look out into the community and see the conditions in the world and the downward moral and ethical spiral, I am ever grateful for the revealed and continuously upheld gospel standards that are part of the the foundations of the Mormon Church and which never have and never will change. My father coined a phrase and repeated it over and over again. I have come to appreciate it more and more, the older I have grown. It is now my phrase as well, "I'll cast my lot with the Latter Day Saints!"

How I live my faith

I was raised in an Active Mormon family and my wife and I have continued that tradition and way of life with our family. All our farming operations cease on Sunday, even at harvest time when weather is threatening. From our 5 children's earliest years, they were taught to pray night and morning and specifically to pray that they would: 1) be worthy to go on a mission, 2) be married in the Temple and 3) be active in the Church all their lives. Now, as adults themselves, those prayers have been answered. Our Ward is very, very small and as a result I have been blessed to have served in many callings over the years. My mother taught me to never refuse a calling. Those callings have blessed my life as I have been able to develop my talents while serving others, both youth and adults. As Mormons, we are a small minority in our immediate and extended community but everyone knows we are Mormons. I have always been active in local community and agricultural related organizations. I feel it is especially important to be involved in the "organizations of men" and provide leadership and examples to our communities and professional associates. Thanks to my mother's perseverance, I learned to play the piano at an early age and music has been an important part of entire life. For most of my adult life, I have been involved in various musical performing groups. I especially love to entertain senior citizens and play the "good old music" for them as well as gospel songs, letting all who hear know that I also believe in God.