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Hi I'm Lezlie

I train dogs. I am a university biology instructor. I taught in Korea for two years. I am a wife, mom and grandma. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always been interested in biology- the study of life. After graduating from college, I married a submarine officer 40 years ago. We had 4 children. We have lived in 7 states and in Korea. When he became a civilian nuclear engineer, and our children were out of diapers, I returned to school and then started teaching. After a variety of experiences from K-12, I returned once again and completed graduate work so I could work at a university. I was able to have some amazing experiences in research at a national laboratory, in radiation biology project at a university, doing technical editing, and teaching at a university. I recently retired and am now enjoying traveling a lot, especially to visit our 7 grandchildren. Dog training is currently my biggest hobby. I have been training dogs for 45 years. My husband and I currently compete with our own papillons in obedience, agility, canine freestyle, tracking and a variety of other activities, such as therapy dog work. I have trained guide dogs and service dogs for organizations. I find working with animals very rewarding. I have many interests. I also enjoy art, and sometimes sell pet portraits. I enjoy singing in church and community choirs, often with my husband. I am hooked on a genetics computer game, and I am deeply involved in genealogy.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon at the age of 26. I had many good spiritual experiences before then, as a protestant, but when my husband and I started looking for a church to join after we had 2 small children, we were intrigued by our Mormon friends and the way they really lived their religion. After 8 years of investigation, we finally, literally, took the plunge and were baptized. I am a Mormon because the principles and teachings of this church work in real life. When I joined the church, it was an experiment- to find out what secret it was that made my Mormon friends so happy. I soon understood that it wasn't that they didn't have problems or challenges just like everyone else, but that they approached these problems from a perspective of Christ-centered teachings that were sincerely heartfelt. I cannot imagine what my life would have been like without the understanding and insights I have gained from attending church meetings and activities and associating with the fine diverse people I have met all over the world. It has made my life whole and satisfying, and helps me to appreciate everything I am able to do and choose things that will enable me to grow. It has made me a much better person than I would have been without it. What started out as an experiment is now a part of who I am. A Morman.

How I live my faith

I addition to going to church each Sunday, I act as one of the Family History Consultants in our Ward. This means I help other church members, as well as people in the community, find out information about their ancestors.We sometimes teach classes on Sunday. I also volunteer for 3 hours each week at our family history center, and help anyone who is interested use the Churches resources. Many of the people we see during the week are just folks who are interested in using the computers at the Center or have a question about research we can help them with- it is very rewarding to see people learn about themselves as they learn about their heritage. I also visit 3 assigned members of our ward each month. If they are sick or having any particular problems, I try to help them. Over the years this visiting teaching program has been a very good way to meet and really get to know a diverse group of friends and be able to serve them. This year, my husband and I organized a Christmas dinner and program for 300 people at Church. We get back much more from each of these experiences than we put in. Because of our faith, we have not to attended dog shows on Sunday, and make church our priority. This always surprises many of our dog friends, because most shows are both Saturday and Sunday, and it is much easier and cheaper to attend shows at the same place on the same weekend. We feel like we are keeping our priorities straight, and our dogs still have as many titles as anyone in our club. We have been traveling a lot lately, and we almost always are able to attend an LDS church wherever we are. It always makes me feel like I am at home. My husband and I will be serving a full time mission for 18 months. We are excited and a little nervous about this upcoming adventure! I am really grateful for all of the opportunities and good things that have come into my life because of the choice I made to join the Church 30 some years ago.