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Hi I'm Leslie

I'm a writer and blogger. I'm a survivor of childhood abuse, and an advocate for survivors. I'm a mom, and wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Like many women, I have many roles in life that I juggle. I'm a wife, and a mother. I work full-time with at risk youth. In those few moments of free time I love learning. As a survivor of childhood abuse, I have PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder. I write to comfort other survivors and to help them find healing in Christ. Healing is not easy, but it is within the reach of all survivors.

Why I am a Mormon

I started "searching for God" when I was a child and a friend told me he had Leukemia. I knew he might die, but I didn't know what dying meant, not really. Is it like going to sleep and never waking up again, I wondered. So I started going to different Protestant Christian churches. I don't remember them all (I was only 10), but my mom said I want to several. I loved learning in these churches about God and Christ, and the teachings of an afterlife. I quickly became very confused, however. Heaven or Hell? Where would I end up? I really did not know. I wasn't sure I was "good enough" to go to Heaven, but I also didn't think I was "bad enough" to go to Hell. I was very concerned. During my time of searching, my family moved and I was introduced to another church...the Mormon church. I was in awe when I learned that LDS people (Mormons) believe in Three Degrees of Glory....not the traditional beliefs about Heaven or Hell. (I believe you can learn more about this belief on mormon.org or lds.org...if you like some missionaries would be more than happy to explain it.) For me it was the missing link I had been searching for. The path that I chose to "come to Christ".

How I live my faith

My goal is that people who know me will know of my love of the Savior first. I try to be like a prism radiating His love to all around me. Of course, being human, I'm sure I fall short in many ways, but that is always the goal...to radiate and share the love that Jesus Christ has extended so generously to me. I love Him with all my heart, without Him, I am nothing.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

It is impossible for me to put adequately put into words what the Atonement means in my life. First of all, it is the means by which, I a sinner, can be forgiven. What an amazing gift. Through this gift I feel the Savior's love. He paid a price so great that I can't even fathom...for me who did not deserve it because He loves me. That is beyond words. Lately I have found another meaning in the Atonement. I am working through the long and painful process of healing from childhood abuse. I know that through the Atonement, Christ understands my pain. Sometimes I feel utterly alone, and then I remember that the Savior knows, He understands. Finally, I have hope that through the Atonement I will one day be able to forgive my abuser. Through Christ I will receive the healing, the strength and the faith to do that. It will be a glorious day. The Atonement blesses my life every day in many ways. The longer I live, the more I come to see the blessings of it. Show more Show less