Hi I'm Leslie
I grew up in South Texas and became a Mormon at age 21.
I'm a wife, mother, and former foster mom. I have learned that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, sometimes you just have to mow the yard you find yourself standing in, and recognize the beauty of the flowers that even the weeds grow.
Why I am a Mormon
My senior year in college, there was a girl who transferred to play volleyball for our team. My college coach decided to room us together since I was her guide for her visit. She was a Mormon. I had heard all kinds of stories about Mormons, I quickly found out none of which were true. Angie was wonderful to be around. She always stood up for what was right, even when she was standing alone. One evening I asked her if it would be ok to attend church with her. Of course she was delighted at the inquiry. Angie wan't trying to convert me, she was just sharing her life with me and her life was living the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The following Sunday, Angie took me to church. Her new Bishop invited us to his home for dinner that night. He thought I was just being a nice roommate and giving her a ride to church, and didn't realize she had actually taken me. That evening when we arrived at Bishop's house wouldn't you know it, the Missionaries were there. As we were eating, I leaned over and whispered to Angie to ask the missionaries if they would give me the discussions. She wispered back to me to ask them myself. When she realized I had no intention of asking them myself because I was in a stranger's house, Angie blurted out my question for me. The missionaries eyes about popped out of their heads! And their quick confirmation of the invitation excited us all!! While taking the discussions it seemed as though I was being taught some things my heart already believed. But, most of all, I wanted a FOREVER FAMILY!
How I live my faith
Christ taught that we should "..comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and bear one another's burdens". I live my faith by trying to discern the needs of my family, friends, and neighbors to lift them with love and comfort the downtrodden and distraught. I do this by taking a meal to a family that has been sticken with sickness or blessed with a new baby. Many times just a simple visit or phone call is enough to let someone know they are not alone. Probably one of the most rewarding ways I live my faith is paying tithing. There are so many blessings I have personally received by living this gospel principle.