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Hi I'm Leslie

My family has lived in Mesa, Az for three generations. I'm a third grade teacher who loves to sing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education. Also, I recently found a teaching position in third grade. Being an elementary teacher is a joy and a challenge, and I love what I do everyday. I've always wanted a career where I can help and inspire others, and teaching allows me to do that for children- to help them believe that they can do anything. I love to read, go to the movies, practice piano, sing in choir, and fix things. I spend a lot of time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews. Family is an important part of my life- throughout all my life I know that I will always have my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors listened to the missionaries' message of a restoration of the gospel and authority of Jesus Christ to this earth when they lived in England in the 1800s. They were baptized and travelled to the United States to join the handcart companies that were traveling to Utah. Throughout the generations, my family has, for the most part, lived with the knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Mormon church. But there comes a time in every member's life when they examine what they have been taught and have to decide for themselves- what do I believe? I haven't always actively participated as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But when there came times in my life when I realized that the direction I was going was not making me happy, that there had to be more in life than what I had, I was compelled to turn to God and seek answers from One who knows me and knows what He wants me to be. There is a visitor's center on the grounds of the Mesa, Arizona temple and a few years ago they remodeled it. After the remodel, I visited to see the changes and what new features were added. The only thing in the whole building that was not changed, but had remained in the exact same place as before was the Christus statue. This thought brought inspiration about our lives. No matter who you are or where you are in life, if you make your life centered on Jesus Christ- if you remodel everything about your life except that foundation- than you are going in the right direction. I know that this church is the same organization that Jesus organized while he lived on the earth, that there are apostles and prophets today that receive revelation from God to direct His work. I know that God lives and His Son, Jesus Christ, is the Savior of mankind. Anytime I need answers, help, or to just feel His love for me, I know that I can pray and He will hear and answer me.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is an everyday thing- a lifestyle. We have a song for younger children called "I'm Trying to be Like Jesus"- I try to live that everyday, to become more like my Savior Jesus Christ. I serve in the church as a "visiting teaching supervisor". In the church, we have a program called visiting teaching. Two women are asked to be partners in visiting other women every month. We want to make sure that everyone is taken care of- spiritually, physically, and emotionally. This program has changed lives, created lasting friendships, and helps us to follow the Savior's counsel to "love one another" (John 13:34). I have found some of my best friends through visiting teaching.