Hi I'm Leslie
I'm a wife, mother, and former foster mom. I have learned that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, sometimes you just have to mow the yard you find yourself standing in, and recognize the beauty of the flowers that even the weeds grow.
Why I am a Mormon
My senior year in college, there was a girl who transferred to play volleyball for our team. My college coach decided to room us together since I was her guide for her visit. She was a Mormon. I had heard all kinds of stories about Mormons, I quickly found out none of which were true. Angie was wonderful to be around. She always stood up for what was right, even when she was standing alone. One evening I asked her if it would be ok to attend church with her. Of course she was delighted at the inquiry. Angie wan't trying to convert me, she was just sharing her life with me and her life was living the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The following Sunday, Angie took me to church. Her new Bishop invited us to his home for dinner that night. He thought I was just being a nice roommate and giving her a ride to church, and didn't realize she had actually taken me. That evening when we arrived at Bishop's house wouldn't you know it, the Missionaries were there. As we were eating, I leaned over and whispered to Angie to ask the missionaries if they would give me the discussions. She wispered back to me to ask them myself. When she realized I had no intention of asking them myself because I was in a stranger's house, Angie blurted out my question for me. The missionaries eyes about popped out of their heads! And their quick confirmation of the invitation excited us all!! While taking the discussions it seemed as though I was being taught some things my heart already believed. But, most of all, I wanted a FOREVER FAMILY!
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
Reading the Book of Mormon has brought a closeness to my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ that could come in no other way. I grew up reading only the Bible and had an absolute love for my Savior Jesus Christ, but when I learned of the Book of Morman as another Testament of Jesus Christ it blessed my life considerably. I always knew God heard my prayers, but I never really recognized how to receive personal answers back. When I read the Book of Mormon, I feel such a sweet sense of peace and the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. I guess I would describe the difference as giving your parents or child a hug without their arms around you, the feeling of reciprical love is missing. However, when they hug you back, the feeing is mutual. That is how it is when I read the Book of Mormon coupled with the Bible, Doctrine & Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price; I feel my complete Savior's Love and my Father in Heaven's guidance. Book of Mormon: Jacob: 3:2 "O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the pleasing word of God, and feast upon his love; for ye may, if your minds are firm, forever."
How I live my faith
Christ taught that we should "..comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and bear one another's burdens". I live my faith by trying to discern the needs of my family, friends, and neighbors to lift them with love and comfort the downtrodden and distraught. I do this by taking a meal to a family that has been sticken with sickness or blessed with a new baby. Many times just a simple visit or phone call is enough to let someone know they are not alone. Probably one of the most rewarding ways I live my faith is paying tithing. There are so many blessings I have personally received by living this gospel principle.