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Hi I'm Lianne

I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, U.S.A., baptized when I was eight years old, and am glad that I am a Mormon.

About Me

My talented, hardworking parents provided me dance and music lessons and made sure I attended all of them and every class for school and Church from the very beginning of life. I loved performing and was privileged to be the youngest member of a children's performing group called the Mesa Imps that sang, danced, and played band instruments all over the Valley of the Sun until we grew up and married, left for college, or went on missions for the Mormon Church. At 16, I started file clerking for a law firm, and stayed with them until I was a Legal Secretary. During this growing period, I set and followed my goal to become a Music Teacher. First I attended Mesa Community College on a Music Education Scholarship, then Brigham Young University for one semester with the same major. During that semester, I had a very spiritual experience that introduced me to my eternal companion and we were sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple. Although doctors told us I would never be able to have children, we were blessed with four children, five foster children, 24 grand-children and 2 great-grandchildren to date. A year ago I retired after teaching music and being a Principal's Secretary and High School Secretary in the Bagdad Public Schools, as well as substitute teaching all subjects K-12 for many years. Now I have recently been called to serve in the Ohio Cleveland Mission for the LDS Church with my husband, Ted, which promises to be a most wonderful experience.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I want my family to be with me forever, I was baptized when I was eight years old and worked hard to master all my youth group goals and achievements as quickly and competently as possible. It was all I wanted to do while trying to achieve every award possible in the Church's youth and young women's organizations. This followed through my child bearing years and to this day I love a good challenge. Eternal Life is my most worthy goal and I want to reach it with every member of my family, and everyone I meet in this life that I can. I know that My Heavenly Father loves me, and that he wants me to be happy and with Him. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I want to live the Plan of Happiness while on this earth. Since the gospel has always been a part of my life, I know I am expected to share this love and happiness with the rest of God's children, and I am so glad I am being given this opportunity at this time.

How I live my faith

Bagdad, Arizona, is a little mining community nestled in the mountains of northwestern Arizona. My husband and I and three of our children were moved here by the Lord 35 years ago from Snowflake, Arizona, where I had worked in youth and adult groups in the Church and conducted singing groups while helping in the Scouting and Cub Scouting programs. Less than one year after moving to Bagdad, our Ward invited the community to a Halloween Party, which was unfortunately followed by vandalism and arson. Although we lost our little building to fire, the Ward members and community pulled together and within a few years, the Church built us a new building that was dedicated to the Lord for the members and community use. During construction, I was privileged to be hired on the construction cleanup crew, which lead to my being hired as the first Custodian for the new building. Also, since the fire, and prior to being hired as Custodian, I served as the Children's Primary President, Nursery Leader, Ward Chorister, and we added another child to the family. Since then I have remained Ward Chorister, been a Visiting Teacher to some of the most wonderful women in the Church, and have tried to always be a missionary. It is important to me that I am always ready to discuss the restoration of Christ's Church with anyone. Missionary experiences are the most wonderful memories I have, and I love my Savior. My first goal, which has remained my #1 goal for all my life, has been to have an eternal family, and I try to keep that in mind with every choice and decision I make.