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Hi I'm Leslie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Christian woman living in the South with my husband and three loving children. I lead a happy life, spending time with my little ones, volunteering at their schools, laughing with my husband, and serving my community here in Texas. I love reading, rainstorms, hugging my kids, going on vacation pretty much anywhere, and Mexican food. I owe all of my happiness and optimistic disposition to my family, my faith, and my Lord, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, but now that I am an adult, being Mormon is definitely a choice that I have made, and continue to make every day. I am a Mormon because I know that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that he visited his brothers and sisters in America after His death, and that the prophets in this part of the world were real men who recorded their experiences in the Book of Mormon. I believe that God has not left us without a prophet. Thomas S. Monson is a prophet in the same way that Moses, Noah, and Isaiah were prophets in Biblical times. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's church on the earth today, and since these truths are undeniable to me because of the experiences I have had, I am devoted to my religion. I am a Mormon because being one makes me happy, helps me teach my children, and helps me understand God's love for me and everyone around me.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in the organization for the Young Women of our church (ages 12-18). I teach them gospel and scripture-based lessons on Sundays and plan and carry out activities for them each Wednesday. I also work with the other women in my organization to look after the spiritual and social welfare of the girls in our congregation. We meet often to discuss their needs, to pray for guidance, and to find ways to reach out to them and help them gain testimonies of our Savior. As a mother of three children, I try to teach correct, Christian principles. I want my children to feel God's love, to recognize it in their every day lives, and to help their friends feel it, too. I know that their lives are going to be filled with challenges that will demand faith and gumption to endure, and though I'm a little scared for them, I am also confident that they are strong enough and have faith enough to do the right thing. Of course, I learn those same lessons even as I teach the scouts and my own kids. It's a win-win. I strive to serve in the temple in Dallas a few times every month. I know that by helping my ancestors learn about the gospel in this way, that they can be blessed even though they have already passed on. I find such peace in the temple, and I am so grateful that there is one close to me.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Leslie
I attribute the growth of the church to the power of the Holy Ghost in an individual's heart. No one can be coerced by any other person into joining the Mormon church, but the "Spirit" can testify to an individual who is earnestly seeking truth that things such as the Book of Mormon are true. When you have an undeniable feeling that something is right, it is really difficult not to act on that feeling. When a person finds out for himself, through prayer and faith, that the Mormon church is true, he joins it. And when it happens to thousands of people all over the world, the church membership grows. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Leslie
I definitely believe that we have a prophet today that speaks with God and communicates God's messages to us. I think that God loves people from all times equally, and that we need a prophet now just as the people in ancient times did. I love to hear the words of our prophets, both ancient and modern. Our prophet's words are like refuge from the storm for me. When I feel like the world is too much, that it is too loud or has too much influence on me or my children, I seek out the words of our prophet. They bring peace and perspective every time. Show more Show less