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Hi I'm Leslie

I learn languages. I take pictures. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a young adult attending a university locally. One of my deepest ambitions is to effectively communicate with all people, and to help others do so as well. Consequently, I am in the field for speech therapy in order to help others learn how to communicate. Another way this passion is manifested in my life is my studying of foreign languages. Learning Spanish has brought many great things into my life. It has only furthered my understanding of how important it is to be bilingual, and to associate with each other around the world! French is my new foreign language love, and I hope one day I can master it and learn more languages as well. Art is important to me--all forms of it seem to articulate beautifully the way I feel and help me remember the finer things in life. Music is one of these forms, an important part of my family's life. Photography is another, a special part of my life as well. Other happy things in the life of me include Thai food, siblings, the smell of rain, dancing, hand-written letters, and quirky parents.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in an LDS family for me has meant praying together, doing service together, studying scripture together, and spending time with each other. The family unit is a vital part of God's plan of happiness. Although I acknowledge that my family is not perfect, the relationship I have with them is still so valuable to me because I know that our being together extends beyond this earthly life--it is eternal! As I have grown more independent of my family as a teenager and adult, however, I have come to know for myself the reality of light and truth the gospel of Jesus Christ has brought to my life. Being a member of His church has meant having the authority of God on the earth, the priesthood. It means that not only were there prophets of old, but a modern day prophet today, who acts as the mouthpiece for the Lord. It means that there is another testament of Christ to the Bible- The Book of Mormon, It means I can be healed by the Son of God, the Savior of the world because he atoned for my sins and yours. It means knowing that not only do I have physical parents on earth, but a Father in Heaven that knows me and loves me personally. My faith does not thrive on a single instance in my life that I depend on for truth. Rather, it is strengthened by the everyday choices I have made as a Latter-Day Saint that yield consequences. Consequences that I learn from, that either humble me to remember how human I am, how I need repentance, how I rely on a Savior who can make me whole; or, feelings that confirm that I have done the right thing, that I am following God's plan for me. Not only do these principles make sense in my head, but they make sense in my heart because the Holy Ghost has solidified a feeling for me there, too, and reconfirm to me on a regular basis why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by patterning my life after the teachings of Jesus Christ. I am everything short of perfection, but I still work to give everything I have to committing to a life like His. This means I participate in things like reading the Word of God on a daily basis, praying to our Father in Heaven, helping and loving others, and attending church every Sunday to take the sacrament. In essence, as a Mormon, it is important to me to be active in what I know. It is not the facade I put on at church or in front of other Mormons, but it is how I feel, dictates what I do, and explains the glow I live with everyday!