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Hi I'm Lessa.

I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in various places around the United States. At first it was because my father was in the Air Force, but after that, I think my mom just liked to move. My junior year in High School, we moved to Washington, and although my family has continued to move every few years, I still call this home. I love the green trees. I love the temperate weather. And I love the rain. I have had a few adventures in my life, including my college experience and a time when I wanted to be an officer in the Air Force, but I have not experienced a more trying or a more rewarding adventure than the one I am currently living. I am a wife and a mother. At first I was a little disappointed that I didn't have something "more interesting" to tell you about myself, and then I realized I wouldn't have it any other way. I am just like any other person. I have likes and dislikes. I have hobbies and responsibilities. In fact, I love the color pink. I love learning new things. I strongly dislike having to scrub the shower. And I hate it when I feel inadequate. Some of my favorite things to do include taking walks, reading books, dancing and playing volleyball. Some of my responsibilities include making meals, bathing the dog, and my favorite of all, giving lots of hugs to my children. Sometimes I get lost in the fact that I am a mother, and I forget that I am a person too. But most of the time I would not trade the simple joys of motherhood: the kisses, the "firsts," and of course nap time :0)

Why I am a Mormon

I can think of a few reasons why I choose to be a Mormon, but the most important is because I have received personal revelation from God, through His Spirit, that this is His church. I choose to be a Mormon because I know Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. I choose to be a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ. I choose to be a Mormon because I know President Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's prophet on the earth today. I choose to be a Mormon because I know this church is the only church with the authority to act in God's name and perform the ordinances necessary for salvation. And I choose to be a Mormon because I know that through those ordinances I can be with my family through all eternity. Although this knowledge is a very important part of the reason I choose to be a Mormon, I think the biggest motivations are the promises associated with acting on that knowledge. I have already mentioned the most important promise, that of being with my family through eternity, but I also cannot imagine living my life without the peace that comes from acting in accordance with truth and living the commandments of God. Every day of life is filled with challenges. Some days can be so overwhelming it is a struggle just to put one foot in front of the other. But, as I choose to live in accordance with the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, found in this church, I find that my challenges are more bearable and can even be joyful. As I live as this church teaches, I find peace in doing my best and leaving the rest to the Lord. And as I follow the the commandments of God, I find answers to prayers and solutions to my problems. I choose to be a Mormon, because I find hope and peace and joy in the truths of this Gospel.

How I live my faith

One of the things I love about being a member of this church, is the way we are asked to live. Going to church every week is only one way that our actions reflect our faith. The real challenge of being a member of Christ's true church is living every minute of every day of the week as he lived. I am currently working with the children of the church. On Sundays, I get to attend the children's meetings, sing children's songs about the Savior, and learn the simple principles of the Gospel as I teach these amazing spirits the Lord has entrusted to our care. I love learning with the children how Jesus lived when he was on the earth and how he would live if he walked on the earth today. I love learning how he healed the sick, befriended the outcast, comforted the sad, strengthened the weary, taught the humble, brought hope to the hopeless, and lived His life in total submission to His Father. I love learning how to emulate the way He lived in the simple acts of our lives. And I love trying to apply those teachings in my life just as we encourage the children to do. I do not do anything that would be considered extraordinary, but I try to do as the Savior would do if He were in my shoes by serving my family in simple ways, by being prepared on Sundays as I teach the children, by calling a friend if their name comes to mind, by studying the scriptures and saying my prayers every day, and by doing all I can to live the commandments of God. I am not perfect but I live my faith by doing my best and leaving the rest to the Lord.