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Hi I'm Leslie Killian

I'm a Mormon. I was raised in the Methodist church and was always taught that Jesus was my Savior and my friend.

About Me

I am 49 years old and I joined the church in 1983. I was raised in the Methodist church where I learned about Christ and his love for us. I had great teachers and leaders. My senior year I was best friends with and dated a guy that was very different but in a good way. We ended up at the same parties or events but he was always drinking water. Strange I thought. He was very popular and hung out with the popular kids but never seemed to follow their example. He was a leader. After we graduated we went our seperate ways. I worked and attended college and I never knew where he was for two years. After visiting my dentist in December of 1982, he asked me if I knew that Richard was back. My comment was Richard who? and Where has he been? When I was told that he had been on a mission for his church for two years of course I was curious. So I called him that night just to say hello and to welcome him back. That was the start of an incredible and wonderful journey in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was so impressed by the way Richard was choosing to live his life that I wanted to know more about his religion. His family, especially his mother was such an example to me of how a christian should live. They were always helping and sharing what they had. It was different somehow. When I expressed interest in going to church with him he had the missionaries teach me in his home. He didn't want me joining just because of him. He wanted me to know for myself. I didn't understand everything they taught but I did feel the spirit and that's how I knew that it was the truth. Seven months later I was baptized by Richard. What an incredible day in my life. Never in my life have I known anything to be or feel so right as it did that day. We were married in August of 1984 in the Washington DC Temple. Another incredible day. We had three boys who are now 26, 24 and 20. Our youngest son Lane is currently serving a mission in Phoenix Arizona.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon doesn't mean that your life will be easy. As a family we have been through so many things to test our faith but somehow we always found the strength to get through it. I have learned through my trials to rely on Heavenly Father for everything. Even the small things that we might think aren't so important. I know that Heavenly Father doesn't give us trials, but he does allow us to go through them so that we grow in this life andcan be strenghthened and our testimonies can grow. Two of our three sons became inactive at an early age. In March of 2011 our youngest son Lane decided to go on a mission for our church to serve the Lord. He had a blessing that if he served this mission he would bring his brothers back into the church. Since then his brother Devin has come back and is totally active. He is a Ward Missionary and attends the Temple when he can and any other activity that is planned he is there. His older brother Paul has changed in so many ways for the good but just isn't ready to commit to living the gospel everyday. We still have hope that he will someday want the same things that his brothers have that bring them so much happiness. This gospel has brought so much joy into my life. It has given me hope, taught me about patience and long suffering. And most of all it has taught me to never doubt the power of prayer and the power and love that our Savior has for each one of us.