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Hi I'm Leslie

About Me

Hi, I'm Les. I am 62 years old. I was born, along with my twin brother, in Edinburgh Scotland. I have a younger brother who was born in British Columbia. My parents came from a Presbyterian background and when our family moved to Canada 61 years ago we joined a similar denomination here in Canada. Our church was important to us. We attended every Sunday. There I began to feel the stirrings of spiritual awareness. As I grew up I often went for walks beside the river near our home and thought about my place in the world, my relationship to God, my family, and other things that were part of a young person's growing years. Spiritual things have always been important to me. I am married to an eternal companion of 37 years. She is my best friend and confidant and the blessed mother of 4 girls who are all married some of whom have children of their own, I love music and have an undergraduate degree in voice and a Masters degree in Educational Psychology. I love to learn and read, especially the Scriptures. I taught elementary school for thirty years and now work for our university as a mentor to teacher candidates at the Faculty of Education. This is meaningful to me because I can pass on to these young people the importance of their example of integrity to the children they will learn to love.

Why I am a Mormon

As I grew toward becoming a husband and father, as I began to put aside childish things, my thoughts increasingly focused on the need for greater spiritual direction and understanding. While playing in a band in the 60's and 70's, our drummer, who continues to be the best of friends, introduced me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or "Mormons". For many evenings during breaks in our concerts and after, we discussed the gospel of Jesus Christ and I agreed to meet with the missionaries. I learned about the Church from these young men of my own age. I found in their message the earthly home my spirit needed. I was soon baptized and I have had for over thirty years a place which encourages my spiritual growth. It has been a process which has emphasized the understanding and application of the love taught by our Saviour Jesus Christ. As a father and husband along with the great blessings and joys of family life I struggled with the usual problems, difficulties, disappointments, and sorrows. But the challenges and heartaches were teaching moments: times when I could learn to love as I should although this often happened afterward in moments of asking forgiveness. These 'lessons' were calculated by a wise Heavenly Father to take place in the context of the difficult world in which we live. But, in looking back through the filter of experience, these times have come to be softened and understood. Their meaning and purpose are clarified when examined in the ageless setting of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps me do this. I can look back and see the spiritual growth I so much have wanted. This why I am a Mormon. I am becoming. I am slowly discovering the 'me' Jesus has always known. I am learning who He truly is through this process. Wanting this relationship for others is why I share this with you.

How I live my faith

My faith is that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. For me that means that what the Church teaches is what Jesus would teach if he were here. It means that its priesthood organization is as Jesus wants it to be. It means that our scriptures which compliment the Bible which we embrace as the word of God - The book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price - were received by revelation by our first church leader and prophet, Joseph Smith. It means that they help me more fully understand the doctrines Jesus has always taught. My faith also means that I accept responsibilities - callings - given to me by those called of God having authority to do so. These 'callings' have given me great opportunities to experience the things mentioned in the section above. I have been a bishop - or minister to a congregation. I have taught Sunday School. I have taught the youth and young adults. I have used my music skills to lead choirs. I have always had the blessing and benefit of visiting others in our congregation on behalf of our local Bishop. This pleasurable work gives me the opportunity along with a companion to see to the temporal and spiritual needs of 4-5 families or individuals. We get to know them and best of all we strive to love them as Jesus would. Next to loving one's own family, it is a great honour to learn to love other families as well. These and many other callings have given me opportunity to expand and hone my skills, to broaden my experiences, and to serve in very meaningful ways.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

My lifestyle as a Mormon is like many others, however, it is influenced by my striving to have with me the presence and companionship of the Holy Ghost. For that blessing I try to do those things that keep him close and do not drive him away: shunning addicting substances or activities such a drugs and pornography; reading uplifting material that strengthens my resolve particularly the scriptures; attending church and trying to serve and bless neighbours, and strangers; with my eternal sweetheart teaching my family about Jesus Christ and his ways; and serving temple. Doing these things and others like them helps me to live in the world but not to be part of its vile and base characteristics. In my small way I try to treat others with kindness, consideration, and thoughtfulness striving to influence them for good, accentuating what can be wholesome while counteracting those influences that destroy and degrade. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Mormons are Christians. From the beginning of the Church we have been officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We worship Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Our family prays to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. We take the sacrament every week in church in remembrance of Jesus Christ and we covenant to keep His commandments so the the His will be with us as we live with fellow saints and with those in the world around us. Jesus Christ is our centre because we know that nothing else in this life can be relied on for guidance and truth. Jesus Christ is my elder brother and I love him. I am a Christian. Show more Show less