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Hi I'm Lesley

I am Midwest farmer's daughter, a wife, a mother, a homeschooler and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Midwest farmer's daughter. Oh, how I loved growing up on a farm. Looking back even the work of picking rock out of hay fields with screwdrivers looks almost rosy. Work makes life sweet. The oldest of nine children, two brothers and six sisters, means I like being in charge and involved. There was always something to do. I love trying new things, be it recipes, gardening techniques, sewing ideas, you name the project I like to try it. There is a catch - I've got a houseful of projects my husband would love me to finish! I think I'm something like a butterfly, flitting from one pretty thing to the next. My children are another source of project inspiration. Making and creating just thrills me and 4 kids gives me plenty to make and create. Homeschooling is another outlet for new ideas and creating. It allows me to teach and create with my favorite people, my kids! I have a teaching degree but I would rather stay home with my children. It's not the easiest job by any means but things you have to work for are much more valuable. I've got a wonderful husband who supports me and loves me. He makes the greatest teammate. I don't know where I would be without my best friend.

Why I am a Mormon

I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. As a person who was born into the Latter-day Saint Church I still had to decide. I had parents who taught and guided me but it was up to me to embrace the Savior and His gospel. As a teenager I tested the promise given by a prophet of God to pray and ask about the truth of all things. I received a witness that this church was true and that my testimony had been growing piece by piece since I was a child. I already knew The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true because I had been living its teachings and my life had been richly blessed. That brought a confidence in myself I had not had before. As a girl of 15 I knew my prayer would be answered and in those few short years I had felt the love of a Father in Heaven. The Savior had also shown his love for me countless times, I just had to open my eyes to see it. He knew me then as a searching teenage girl. He knows me now as a wife and mother. He still loves me. He still answers my prayers. I feel His love for me in the love of my children. I feel His love for me in the beauty of a garden full of vegetables. I feel His love for me as I read His words in the scriptures. I am a Mormon because through this gospel I feel the love of my Savior, Jesus Christ and I could not go on without His strength.

How I live my faith

My faith makes me who I am. Without my love for, and devotion to my Savior Jesus Christ I would be in a race with no finish line. Life is so busy with so many distractions, not all bad, and it is easy to get caught up in the race for more. More of what? Often we don't know but we are racing for it anyhow. My faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ gives me a finish line. Not only that it provides a track to follow, help at the necessary pit stops, and a most beautiful reward for a race well done. I like serving those around me; my husband and kids, my church family, and my community. I share garden goods with my neighbors. I coach soccer teams. I teach children's and women's classes at church and I make a house a home for my wonderful family. I live my faith by being happy. Life is a glorious blessing!

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

I certainly hope Mormons don't only help Mormons! There is a big world out there with lots of wonderful people and working together, regardless of religion, we can do so much good. I have been a part multiple community clean up projects and I know if any neighbor of mine needed help I had better step up and do something. I have seen and read too many news stories to think Mormons don't help those not of their faith. If we live our faith then Mormons need to be serving anyone we see who may have need of their help. Show more Show less