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Hi I'm Leslie

I grew up in the Solomon Islands. I'm a wife and mother of two boys and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of two boys. I enjoy teaching, and I like using my skills to teach my sons and help them grow. When our oldest was born, my husband and I decided that I would stay home and be a full-time mom. I enjoy my job immensely. Being a mother is exhausting work. It is physically, emotionally, and mentally demanding, but being there to teach and help my children gives me more joy than I ever imagined. My boys are both in school now, and I've gone back to school with them. While searching for the right school for my oldest, I discovered the Montessori method. It spoke to me, and I enrolled both children in a public Montessori charter school. Since then I've attended training to obtain a Montessori credential, and now I work as the Head of School at a small private school. My youngest son attends the same school. I enjoy learning. I've had great experiences learning about other languages and cultures. Although I was born in America, I've lived in the Solomon Islands, Italy, and Sweden. I like to learn foreign languages. Before my children were born, I was a professional trainer and instructional designer for outsource partners like Microsoft, Nortel, and Cisco Systems. Before that, I worked as a public school teacher.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon by choice. My parents came from Protestant backgrounds, but they did not actively teach us about religion. As a teenager, my closest friend was a Mormon; she taught me about the church and took me to enjoyable church activities. After high school, I lived in Sweden as an exchange student. It was a difficult year for me; I finally turned to God, offering a prayer asking for help and promising to seek out and commit myself to a life of faith. Shortly afterwards, I met the missionaries. They taught me more about the church--and I told them what I knew. They answered difficult questions that I had. More than anything, they demonstrated the pure love of Christ for me. I could feel their compassion and desire to share with me something that meant so much to them. I committed to baptism. The road to baptism was rocky. The two weeks of missionary lessons and preparation were two of the most intensely stressful of my life. The angst and stress dissolved as soon as I stepped out of the waters of baptism. It has been twenty years. My membership in the church, my relationship with my Heavenly Father, the knowledge I've gained, and the life that has created for me since then are my greatest blessings.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying each day to be the best person I can. I spend time studying the scriptures each day. The first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night is pray. I spend time teaching my sons about Jesus Christ. We read stories from the Bible and from the Book of Mormon. Additionally, I serve members of my congregation. Right now, I teach adult Sunday school classes. Each Sunday, we meet and discuss teachings from the scriptures, the Bible, the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

I think that some Mormons do worship Joseph Smith. Ha! I say that sort of tongue in cheek. Technically speaking, we do not worship Joseph Smith. He was the prophet who restored the church that Jesus Christ founded when he walked the earth. Some Mormons have a reverence for Joseph Smith that seems like worship, but in fact is a deep feeling of respect and gratitude. Why the respect? Members of our church respect Joseph Smith because he restored the Gospel that the Savior taught when he was on the earth. After Jesus was crucified, his apostles continued his church, but eventually, they died and the authority that they'd received from Him didn't get passed forward. Joseph Smith received the authority from Jesus' apostles Peter, James and John who returned to earth to pass their authority to Joseph Smith, and thus the Lord reestablished the complete church of Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith. Why the gratitude? We are grateful to be members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints because of the blessings that it brings into our lives. It gives us knowledge about our purpose in life, where we came from and where we go after this life. It provides a framework to understand and deal with challenges that we meet in our daily life. More than anything, the Lord blesses our lives with great abundance. Being Mormons reminds us to be thankful for the richness of our lives. Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith? No. When I've read accounts of people who knew him, I've noticed that most people who met him liked him. I imagine that he had a charismatic personality that drew people to him. I suspect he was warm and funny. He seems to have been adept at bringing out calm feelings in the midst of conflict. He was able to inspire the best in others. I think that he was someone that most of us would like to call a friend. Show more Show less