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Hi I'm Les Woodward

I'm a Mormon and I love going as a family to our sons football games and our daughters' performances and dirt-track auto racing.

About Me

I am a Christian. I was born in a US Territory that later became a State. My wife and I were each married before. Together we have eight children (mine, hers and ours). I was divorced with 3 children and she was a young widow with 2 small children when we met. Together we have 3 more. Eight!! lol. Our youngest three are still at home finishing High School. I (we) have 10 grandchildren from my 3 eldest. I managed restaurants for 14 years and was in construction for 10 years. I have been in the Bankcard processing industry now for nearly 20 years. We enjoy camping, going to the lake and traveling. My favorite sport after football is auto-racing. My boys are real Boy Scouts. One has his Eagle and 3 others are almost there. We are very proud of them. I am a Latter-day Saint (a Mormon as some nick-name us).

Why I am a Mormon

Not to offend anyone; I see myself as a Baptist with another Book. We regard the King James Holy Bible as Gospel and the Book of Mormon as "another" Testament of Jesus Christ. We do baptize in the name of the Father and in the Son and in the Holy Ghost just like most other Christians. For me, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am accepted to be a Christian every day, not just on Sundays. Long before I became a "Mormon," friends used to call me a Mormon. I didn't understand why. This is because they knew Mormons and this Baptist boy acted like a Mormon. I was as rambunctious as the next boy/young man. The difference was that beyond the Baptist teachings of steering away from insulting others, engaging in off color conversations and objectifying women, there was more. And they noticed. Am I perfect? No!! I got caught up in a difference in opinion the other week with a Sister in the Church and when all was said and done, we acted cordial to one another and now we participate and call on each other for assistance in doing the Lord's work. No big Kumbaya, we know not to carry grudges. A friend once stated he sins too much to go to church. I reminded him that Church is for sinners. Only perfect One was Jesus, even Christ Himself! My friend got himself back to Church and is going strong. As you see that there is more, more to just being good and you feel the need to share and learn what more there is to complement your current belief, please contact us . . .

How I live my faith

My wife and I volunteer as Librarians at our Church each Sunday and for the week night youth activity assisting members and visitors with needs for their lessons and programs. As a family, we set aside at least one night each week for family time, usually on Monday night. We share spiritual moments and reflect on our past week. We also play games and sing and pray. We try to center our activity around a lesson on the Gospel. We also take it out-doors sometimes or go to the movies or visit another family. I try to be a good example for my fellow man, especially when doing business or just hanging out with friends at get-togethers or at the lake. This is so when one considers my faith, they will see that they can have a full and enjoyable life while dedicating their life to Christ.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Les Woodward
No, we do not discriminate when choosing who we help. We LDS, "Latter-day Saints," help all that we reasonably can. Its up to each us on our own discretion. Just like "you." As far as a church as a whole, much of what is done in the Church is to bless and help those who are not LDS. the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started keeping track in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no LDS members (Mormons), but some of those countries are also non-Christian. More than 53,000 LDS missionaries serve through the world today. All of their service is to help those who are not LDS. Joseph Smith himself taught that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." Show more Show less