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Hi I'm Le.

I am a retired Army officer, a technical writer, and twenty-seven times a grandfather. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Le, short for "Lehi", after my grandfather. I'm a technical writer and a financial coach with a passion for finding creative, ethical ways for people to get out of debt. My Jacquie and I have seven children, with 27 grandchildren (and counting), and we thoroughly enjoy being "Grandma" and "GrandpaLe". We garden, raise fish and rabbits, encourage earthworms to multiply, and keep bees I’m building a greenhouse so we will have fresh tomatoes and spinach all year ‘round, and just finished the beehive so we will never be without honey. . I’m building solar panels to cut down on our energy bills. I also love history, especially the US Revolutionary Period and early Christianity from the Apostles to the Great Schism. I speak French, and Italian, and German well enough to get laughed at and just enough Spanish to get into trouble. The French I learned in France, the Italian in Italy. German and Spanish were academic, except for two weeks in Spain. While I was stationed in Italy with the US Army, I served with people from all over Europe: Greeks, Turks, Italians, Frenchmen, Germans, and Britains of their various nationalities. We even have a daughter born in Pozzuoli, near Naples—the hospital was in an active volcano. I’m a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, and a retired military officer; I love gardening, building things, reading, and watching my little kingdom grow. I’m Le, and I’m a “Mormon”.

Why I am a Mormon

The first Lehi we know of was a prophet in the Book of Mormon. Because my name is Lehi, many people assume I was just born one. That’s true, but it’s only a part of the story. I cherish my name because I consider it doubly sacred. I was not named after that prophet—mine is a patrimony from my grandfather. He was the one named after “Father Lehi”. Even though I’m now over 60, I was once a teenager, and I had a “rebellious time”. The Gospel of Jesus Christ just had the answers to my issues in ways that no other philosophy or religion could match. It gave me a solid basis to build on, a way to make sense of the universe and give meaning to my existence. I lost Mom while I was in France, but she was never “gone”: I knew she’ll be waiting for me on that day when it’s my turn to leave. My father is gone now, too. Knowing they will be there waiting to re-establish their family as my siblings and I come back home, to have that same loving connection we had in the old house on Topaz Drive, comforts me and focuses my mind. I am grateful for the family God has entrusted to me. With our seven children (fourteen if we count the children-in-law—and we always do) linked to us forever through the Gospel Plan of Happiness, Jacquie and I will be like my parents: ready to rejoin each other as part of the vast family of mankind and hold those links for all eternity. One of the happiest things we do is teach our grandchildren in “Grandma School”. Most of our children educate those little ones in their own families. It’s a big job to keep the responsibility of teaching your children. That’s why God gave us (or made us) grandparents, I think: to help shoulder that duty. The name Grandpa is sacred to me, too. Beyond the here’n’now of life, the most important thing I get from my religion is the knowledge that the answer to Job’s question (in Job 14:14), “if a man die, shall he live again?” is “YES!” We will live again through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

How I live my faith

Family is central to the LDS faith, and it is so in my life. But wait! There's more! Many years ago, a business acquaintance came to church with me. After our three-hour meeting schedule he said, "I know a few churches where they meet that long, but there's only a handful of people there. What could make anyone sit through three meetings back-to-back like that?" My only answer was, "Well, it's true. And the meetings are only a start to our commitment." Those solar panels, that garden, and the greenhouse: they're all part of it, too. For over 150 years our leaders have warned us that it is wise to prepare for hard times. We store a bit of food for when the snows block trucks from stocking the Safeway, or for that day when the factory shuts down. There are two freezers in our garage. We can't store electricity for them, so we install solar panels. Our basement is filled with jars of homemade beef stew and jams. Not every "Mormon" approaches these problems in the same way we do, but we all know that God does not leave us unprepared for emergencies. I live my faith by preparing for the times that will surely come. As a holder of the holy Priesthood of God, it is my duty to assist others in learning the practical application of His Gospel: to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to visit the sick. I have three families assigned to me formally, and a few more I have taken responsibility for on my own. We teach each other how to "live the Gospel", but more importantly, we show each other our Christian love. About every month we have a service project, usually for members of our congregation, but often for neighbors who need five or six old guys with rakes or paint brushes, some skill, and a lot of charity and love of Christ and His children in our hearts. It has been years since this "calling", but my favorite was as an assistant Nursery Leader where I helped two- and three-year olds learn the fundamentals of faith: that God, their parents, and I loved them.