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Hi I'm Lesley

I am a Portuguese American. I am studying to be a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Massachusetts. My grandparents are from the Azores. My father is a first-generation American and I am half Portuguese. I lived in Massachusetts until I turned 18 and now I am pursuing a degree in elementary education. I am also minoring in music. I aboslutely love the arts. I play the violin, the piano, the ukulele, and I sing. I am obsessed with Harry Potter. I love going to amusement parks with my family. I love making people laugh. I love being out in the sun and traveling to new places and meeting people. I am a die-hard Red Sox fan.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I want to follow Jesus Christ. He has done so much for me. He lead the way for everyone but also me personally to get back to live with Heavenly Father. The gospel of Jesus Christ has brought so much happiness to my life. It teaches me exactly what I need to do and what I need to make better about myself so I can live up to my full potential. Every day that I strive to live up to the example of Jesus Christ is another happy day for me. I came to know of these things when I was a young teenager. I grew up in the church, but I still needed to find out for myself if this really is the Church of Jesus Christ and if what I was being taught really was what God wanted me to learn. For me, it all came down to me asking God if the gospel and the church that Jesus Christ set up when he lived on the earth really was restored by Joseph Smith. I had the opportunity to visit Palmyra, New York, where Joseph Smith prayed and was visited by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. When I visited the place where that holy visitation occured, I did not expect the feeling that I personally recieved. It was in that moment that I felt the Spirit of God so strongly in that place and I came to know that Joseph Smith really was a prophet. It was an experience that I can't quite put into words, but because of that experience, I have decided to continue learning about his gospel as taught in the restored church. I have never regretted that decision. I have also come to know that we have a prophet on the earth today and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and was translated by divine means. Every time I read the Book of Mormon I feel closer to God. Everything that is taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints makes logical sense, and I know in my heart that Jesus Christ is the head of this church.

How I live my faith

I have taught classes to other women at church, as well as visit them in their homes and help them in any way I can. I have also planned activities for the youth of the church. I was a missionary for a year and a half in Southern California and I had the marvelous opportunity to help others come to Christ. I was able to share the joy that I feel with the people I met there, and many were able to find that same joy in their lives. Even though I am not a missionary anymore, I still help others feel this happiness that I feel from the gospel of Jesus Christ by sharing this gospel with others. I try to help out in any way, whether it be at church or in the community. I love serving others, and that's also why I chose to become a teacher. I want to be a good influence on the children that I teach and help them learn in a safe and fun environment. I especially want to help kids that come from broken homes or difficult backgrounds. I want to do this because I know that we are all God's children and we all need each other. Being a Mormon has taught me that.