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Hi I'm Leslie

I'm a mother of 5. I love to travel. And I rarely sit still!

About Me

I was an army brat growing up. I loved moving every few years and especially living in Germany. Then my parents divorced when I was 11, so I moved to California with my mom and brother so we could be close to family. I have fond memories of my teenage years in Southern California being close to family and the beach! That's also where I first learned about the mormon church - although I didn't get baptized until I was in college. I attended BYU and got a bachelor's degree in Communications/Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. I worked in that field for a couple of years while my husband finished his dental degree and am now happy to have the opportunity to stay home with our 5 children.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents divorced when I was 11 years old. That was a very difficult time for me. I had to move to another state to live with my grandparents (along with my mom and brother). All of the sudden all of the things that had made me feel safe and happy were no longer there... we didn't have much money, I missed my dad, and I had to make all new friends. I was sad and confused and began to question if there was anything in life that could bring lasting happiness. By the time I was 16 years old I had learned that popularity, good grades, and many other things were definitely not enough. I began to visit churches with many of my friends - Methodist, Baptist, non-denominational, etc. I loved all of the churches because they introduced me to the Bible and helped me understand that there is a God who loves me and wants me to be happy. But for some reason I did not feel that I was suppose to join any of the churches permanently. I had many questions that none of the churches were able to answer, and I felt that someday I would find a church that could answer all of my questions. Then a friend invited me to his church - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I felt a peace and happiness there that I had never felt before. I also began to meet with the missionaries to learn more about the church's doctrine. Every time I met with the missionaries, read in the Book of Mormon, or attended church I felt happy and safe and I learned more and more of the answers to the questions I had been asking for so long. I finally decided to be baptized after prayerfully studying the Book of Mormon. Now after 20 years in the church I can honestly say that I know I made the right choice because my faithfulness to living the principles of the gospel has brought me lasting happiness all these years!

How I live my faith

I live my faith in lots of ways... - by my daily commitment to living gospel principles - such as being honest and serving others - by attending church meetings to renew my baptismal covenants and to continue to learn and grow in the gospel - by serving in the church in different capacities. I have taught the youth, helped plan activities, served in the nursery, and lots more. I am currently serving as secretary in the women's organization. - by establishing gospel-centered traditions in our home such as a weekly family night and daily family prayer and scripture study.