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Hi I'm Leslie

I stay at home with my little boy. I like to have fun and be silly. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up north of Seattle and love living by the water and love the rain. I got my BS in Home and Family Life and use it every day while raising our son. I want to be more crafty and become a better cook by trying new recipes. I love watching travel/cooking shows, it inspires me. I am Native American and feel blessed to be unique.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and there never really was a doubt in my mind that wasn't true. I went to seminary, youth group but I hadn't felt I had truly been converted. I had good friends that respected my values and I never put myself in a place where I could get into trouble. It wasn't until I went to college and really was on my own where I came to truly know for myself that the church is true. I felt alone at a huge school. I didn't know what to do with my life and I felt confused. I thought of Joseph Smith and how he prayed to Heavenly Father for guidance after being prompted from reading James 1:5. I did the same. I truly felt God's arms circle me with His love. I knew for a surety that He loves me and knows who I am, even if no one else did. I know that the power of prayer is real. I know that God answers our prayers, not instantly, and not the way we think it should be but that doesn't mean HE didn't answer it. Sometimes we need a trial of faith, to polish us, to be what we can become or to open our eyes at the blessings we've received.

How I live my faith

I continue to live my life by placing myself with good friends. As we teach the gospel to our son, I feel it has helped us to remember to read scripture and to pray daily. It is such a blessing to see our son fold his arms when we pray. In my church, I help others to be self-reliant by having food storage and at least a 72-hr kit. There are many disasters that can happen in our life, many that can't be foreseen. The best time to prepare is now. The worse time to prepare for a disaster is during one. Sometimes I get caught up in the fear of what could happen but then I remember that you can't have faith and fear.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Leslie
Being self reliant is not just about being prepared for an emergency. Being self reliant is control of your life, not overindulging and being in debt. While some debt like education and home loans (though not extravagant) are acceptable, a person needs to use self control when it comes to more toys or gadgets that only bring temporary pleasure. Self reliance is looking to the future and realizing that life may not always go as planned. Savings and food storage help give a sense of assurance. That whether a natural disaster occurs or an unexpected life situation (such as job loss, expensive medical bills, loss of a loved one, etc) that your needs will be met. By being prepared, we have the resources that help others. I know a person who had an emergency kit in their car and in their kit was a tool that would cut a seat belt. She came upon an accident where someone was trapped in their car which was on fire. No medic team had arrived yet but because she was prepared for her self, she was able to help others and was able to free the person from their car. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Leslie
Relief Society is truly a blessing from heaven. It is more than just a bunch of women that get together to talk. During our meetings on Sunday, women share stories and testimonies of faith. I always feel God's love and His spirit so strongly. These women encourage me to do better, to be a better person, wife and mother. There are different activities throughout the month that encourage service to other women in the Relief Society and service to those not of our faith. Their willingness to serve is always humbling. Show more Show less