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Hi I'm Les

I'm a husband, a dad, a father-in-law, a grandad and a brother - and I' m a Mormon!

About Me

My adolescence was marked at age ten by the death of my dad and my mum raised me and my three siblings single handedly on a very modest income. My early education was unspectacular and I left school at age fifteen to work as a mechanical engineer in the coal mines. But the work was not suited to my instincts and so I switched to a career in sales & marketing. I am now past the 'official' UK retirement age, but I continue to work as a partner in a construction business. I am fortunate to have married above myself and have three wonderful children and three equally great spouse-in-laws and seven very special grand-children. For leisure I walk the hills of Scotland, take lots of photgraphs, enjoy driving with the 'top' down, reading the scriptures and books on mountaineering and trying to keep up with my kids in the ever changing wonders of IT and related 'gadget' technology.

Why I am a Mormon

My siblings and I were taught to believe in God, we went to Sunday School and so having the Mormon Missionaries in our home in 1960 seemed quite natural. Although I was raised as a Christian in the Church of Scotland, my serious commitment to Christianity came with my conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at age fifteen. Kind church friends took me under their wing and supported my decision to serve a two and a half year church mission to France & Switzerland from age twenty. This proved to be a life changing event for me. It proved to be the catalyst for a totally different perspective on the place of learning, work and priorities for the rest of my adult life. Throughout adulthood I have been honoured to fill various roles of service for my church. Each of these opportunities has benefited me the most. I am bound to say without hesitation, that whatever degree of balance, happiness and contentment is in my life and in my home comes first and always from my faith in Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Living one's faith is a great adventure and also a great challenge for any follower of Christ - especially closing the gap between belief and behaviour!! Like other honest followers of Christ I want to avoid hypocrisy so that my public "image" is a true reflection of my private conduct. At least that's how I see it. Mormon's don't claim perfection in our conduct, only in our doctrine. Here are some 'keys' I've found to achieving best practise in my faith. First, when I fall down in my conduct, I always get up and keep going, knowing that God is a gentle Father - he is patient with my efforts and tolerant of my mistakes - as long as I sincerely try to learn from them! Second, I try to make small acts of service a regular part of my routine - there is something spiritualy refining about looking beyond my own concerns to the needs of someone else. I always end up the chief beneficiary. Finally I try to make space every day for a spell of personal devotion - this consists of some quality time with the scriptures and in prayer. This is a time where the benefits always outweigh the effort. I find that these simple steps bolster my faith, they put my own cares into perspective and above all, they reinforce my witness of the reality of Jesus - as my personal Saviour and the Redeemer of every human soul.