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Hi I'm Leslie

I am a wife. I am a mom of 2 great kids. I am a nurse in critical care. I volunteer at school. I love life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I attended Catholic elementary and high schools. I graduated nursing school in 1984. I worked in critical care for 27 years. I now work as a clinical documentation specialist. I love to see new places, meet new people and try new things.I learned to swim and scuba dive as an adult. I love being in the water. I love underwater adventures. I enjoy cooking, exploring with my kids, and being a part of this church. I didn't get married until I was 34. We had our wedding scheduled and then Hurricane Andrew destroyed our homes and our church marriage plans. We got married by a Notary Public next to a condemned swimming pool. We left for the west 2 days later, ending up in Omaha, NE. After a couple of miscarriages our daughter was born. On her first birthday we packed up and moved back to FL. We were blessed with a healthy son the following year. Once I became a mother, I desired to be closer to my family so we moved once again. This time we moved to CA. Although we loved it there, we moved once more for job stability. That is how we ended up in WA state. My husband returned to school to get a degree in Network Administration. After his graduation, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 rectal cancer and he returned home to our Heavenly Father in Dec. 2011. The kids and I have worked together to establish a new normal without him. My extended family, my church family and my friends have sustained us through it all.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Catholic. As an adult, I stopped attending church unless I was visiting my parents on vacation. I never doubted in our Heavenly Father, our Savior Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost but I felt Sunday worship wasn't necessary for me. Although I did my best to be a good person, I was not living a Christlike life. Once I became a mother, my priorities changed. I wanted to know that my family would be together forever. I wanted to do all that I could within my power to keep my family safe and loved. I began searching for ways to promote an eternal family. Missionaries showed up on my doorstep while we still lived in FL. I was taught lessons but I did not feel ready to make any changes. Once we moved to CA, I continued to be taught by missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Eventually, my heart softened and my knowledge grew. I began to truly read and understand the scriptures. I prayed for understanding to know if this church were true. My answer came, not as trumpets sounding or visions beaming , but rather in the quiet whisper of my heart. My decision to be baptized brought me a gentle peace to the core of my being. It felt right. I have never regretted that decision that I made ten years ago. My family and I have been faced with difficult trials but my faith has sustained me. Life still poses challenges and struggles but I know I am never alone. I believe in Christ. He walks every step with me. My Heavenly Father listens to me. The Holy Ghost brings comfort and relief. I am grateful for this knowledge and for the joy that it brings me. I believe in eternal families. I believe that if I live a righteous life by obeying commandments and heeding counsel from our Prophet, I will be blessed to live with my family forever. I believe the church is true. I believe that Joseph Smith is a Prophet that translated the Book of Mormon through revelation and that Thomas S. Monson is our Prophet today who leads and guides Christ's church.

How I live my faith

The church has allowed me to grow in ways I never knew I could. I have served as a choruster in the women's organization called the Relief Society. I have taught adults, school aged children and fabulous young women ages 16-18. I help organize a girls' camp in my area every summer which is so much fun. The camp is open to members and non-members alike to learn more of Jesus Christ and enjoy the beautiful world that has been created for us. At camp I have served as a cabin mom( an adult chaperone), unit level leader (teaching gospel principles) and camp nurse(treating bites and scratches mostly). I also have the opportunity to visit women from my ward every month. This program called Visiting Teaching allows me to visit women that I might not have gotten to know in any other way. Sometimes we share a lesson, sometimes a kind word but each time we meet, our friendship is strengthened. Every calling given is from Jesus Christ. Consequently, I feel a tremendous responsibilty to do the best I can when I am asked to serve in the church. Although I might feel inadequate, I know with my Savior's love and my ward family sustaining me, I will succeed. I will rise to the occasion through the support that I receive. We are encouraged to serve our fellow men in Christlike ways. I volunteer at my kids' school. Through the church, I have helped clean up a park or provide relief to flood victims. I love finding opportunities to serve. It has also been humbling as friends have at times provided service to me and my family. I have seen the generosity and Christlike concern from members of my church family. We feel blessed to be surrounded by good, caring people.