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Hi I'm Les.

I'm a database administrator, HAM Radio operator, and an Emergency Service volunteer for our county--and yes, I'm a Mormon too.

About Me

I was raised and educated in Washington State, married and have raise 3 children and we are all Washington State natives. We enjoy the Pacific Northwest and we were drawn back to the Olympia area after I graduated college with a degree in Computer Science. I've always enjoyed Math and was good with abstract thought and complex design, and I believe, this comes from my upbringing: working in my father's auto shop from my early youth. I can remember as early as 4 years old working on cars with my father and his employees--fetching things for the guys as they worked--detailing or rebuilding cars. By the time I was in Jr HS I had worked into having a repair bay of my own, doing tuneups, break jobs, oil changes, and transmission adjustments. When I graduated HS I was working as a full mechanic. I served a full time mission for the LDS Church, and later met my wife at an LDS Young Adult Dance. We were married in the temple and are currently active in our local ward.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family, and from as early as I can remember, I've know the existence of God and Jesus Christ and I have always felt Their presence in my life. As I went through school it never really occurred to me that "Mormon" was any different than any other church, but as I grew older and became more aware of other religions and life philosophies, I came to the decision that I had to find out for myself what was the truth. I'd always been told Mormonism was the true path, but I'd never tested it--actually knelt down and prayed, studied the "Book of Mormon", fasted and asked. I decided to do just that. The answer was remarkable and irrefutable: Christ's Church has been restored to the earth, the "Book of Mormon" is true, Joseph Smith is a prophet of God... That knowledge has been an anchor in my life. At 18, I decided to go on a mission for the Church and began studying the Bible, reading it from cover to cover both old and new testaments--I had to be able to hold the books in my hand and be able to testify: "... the Book of Mormon is another witness of Jesus Christ..." It is, and I know it through study, fasting, and prayer. I know God lives, Jesus is our Savior, His church has been restored to the earth today: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is that church.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life as an honest individual--being true to God, the knowledge He as given me, myself, and those I come in contact with. I am a HAM Radio enthusiast and all those around me know I'm a Mormon. I also teach radio licensing classes and often they are held at the local LDS church--the church building provides a comfortable and non-threatening environment for others to see one of our buildings and become familiar with some of the church philosophies and LDS people. If they want to see or know more, I set up a church tour and invite them to talk to the missionaries, but in any case--people visiting the building for classes can see we are an honest hard working people that love the Lord and enjoy family, community, and fun. I am able to put my education and skills to use for the Lord through service in various Stake callings: I work with computers throughout our stake to keep equipment and software working. I have also been blessed to work with Stake Leaders on Emergency Services: building communication infrastructure to facilitate communications during local disasters and also training radio operators in protocols to use during emergency situations.