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Hi I'm Leslie Clarke

I run marathons. I am the mother of four boys. I love adventure in life and the unraveling of a novel. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Whether I am playing at the beach, relaxing on the lake, or biking or hiking on non-paved trails, I have always loved being outdoors. I love moving and experiencing the beauties that God has created. My joy for these adventures was magnified after the birth of my four boys. Now I can do the things I love while spending time with them. After the birth of my fourth son, I discovered the thrill of marathon running. Long distance running calms me, allows me to create achievable goals, and helps me to develop wonderful friendships with running partners. It is a good thing I am active because one of my other hobbies is baking bread. One of my favorite things as a girl was to come home to the smell of my mother's homemade wheat bread cooking in the oven. My mom taught me to bake bread, just like her mother taught her. Every time I smell that familiar smell of wheat and honey, I smile because I think of my sweet mother. Cooking for my family is a small way that I show my love to my family. In my quiet time, I love to read a good book. There are many times that I grow in my understanding of human complexities through the characters in a compelling novel. My favorite books are ones that show the goodness of mankind as they find out more of who they are through experience and service that ultimately points them to the hand of God in their lives. Words can be so powerful.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the world makes sense to me and is beautiful through the teachings of Jesus Christ. I know that God has a plan that is personalized specifically for my growth and experience. Because my Heavenly Father loves me, He has blessed me with experiences that point me to Him, some are joyful while some are painful. I feel God's love for me when I pray, when I am quiet, and when I am enjoying the beauties in nature. I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As a young girl, when I was taught about my Heavenly Father and his plan for me, I felt great confidence in who I was. This knowledge has helped me to make a lot of good choices in my life because I know there are always ramifications to the choices I make, good or bad. The peace and direction I have felt when I have listened to the feelings from my Heavenly Father have defined who I am. On difficult days, I have a way to pull me out of darkness. I know with an absolute knowledge that God has not left me alone. I know that if I am struggling, there is a purpose to it and that there is a way out because there are always solutions. Heavenly Father is the perfect parent. He knows just when to step in and help if I allow Him. I am so grateful to have been given this knowledge at such a young age, and I am grateful that I am capable of giving this to my children as well. He loves my children and He loves me. I know this to be true because I have felt it throughout my entire life!

How I live my faith

One of the reasons I love being a Mormon is that through the Savior's example and the tutorage of amazing men and women, I am given opportunities and taught to serve in capacities that I might not have felt qualified to do. Through my service in church, I have learn how to better respond to those in need when they need my help. I have also learned to speak in public through experiences as a child when I was assigned simple topics to speak on in front of my peers, and then later as an adolescent when I was given opportunities to speak to our entire congregation. We even had speech competitions in some of our youth group activities that taught me to be prepared to present myself to others in both small and large settings. My children are now doing the same thing. I learned a lot of my parenting skills through teaching opportunities; I have taught small children, teenagers, and adults. I have grown in my confidence to be a leader through my opportunities to serve in presidencies that required me to care for specific people and to help organize activities that would meet the needs of those I serve. I even developed computer skills that I thought I would never have because I had the need to acquire certain computer skills to help organize people within presidencies. The amazing thing about all of these opportunities is that most of the time, on my own, I didn't feel qualified, but through patient friends and leaders and with the help of a loving Savior, I was made more than I am on my own.