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Hi I'm Les

I grew up in N.Y.C., I was a bouncer and now I am a professional photographer and a karate teacher...

About Me

I have been blessed with an awesome wife and wonderful children with whom I enjoy spending most of my free time. I often can't shake the feeling that I am living someone else's life! Someone respected, loved and successful...wow! When I do have some leisure time and choose to spend it in solitude, I enjoy riding my motorcycle in several nearby mountain ranges, deserts and coastal areas. The beauty we have been gifted is often overwhelming for a kid from the tenements of New York City, where things can get visually dreary after a few decades of walking around, that 'granite rock'. Photography has been an interest, hobby, passion, subject of academic and independent study, as well as a vocation-for the past three decades. I enjoy making beautiful photographic images, beauty can be defined in so many ways and found nearly everywhere! Karate has been an interest in my life for nearly four decades after being bullied relentlessly for having a girls name (Leslie) while trying to grow up on the mean streets of New York City. Kind, it was NOT! I now have the privilege of teaching karate and self defense to over two hundred kids and adults, in three cities-each week and perhaps make a difference for some...

Why I am a Mormon

As someone once said, "let me make myself perfectly clear..." I did not set out to become a Mormon convert, not even close! What I did have in mind-was trying to get the attention of this really awesome, interesting, intelligent and get this, 'wholesome', gal from Arizona I met at my job. My job, at the time, was as a doorman/bouncer at a very fancy, trendy and happening nightclub, in NYC called The Limelight. We eventually got engaged-even after both of us realized the extreme contrast of who we were and where we came from. When it was time for me to look into the religion of my fiance at the time, I asked her to tell me of her faith. When she said she was a Mormon I thought I had hit the jackpot. I did not know much at all about Mormons, but I did remember a small detail and asked her how many wives I may have if I were a Mormon. It was only slighty disappointing to hear that plural marriages ended in the days of the old west and it seems I had missed that boat. It did not, however, deter my interest in Brooke and it was only much later that I realized that I DID hit the jackpot, just in a way I could not have understood it at the time. In hindsight, meeting Brooke was the most important day of my life, at least, in THiS life, in THiS world! Brooke had spent eighteen months as a missionary in Argentina so I asked her to tell me of her church. She insisted that I speak to the missionaries assigned to my neighborhood, as they have dedicated two years of their very lives, to do missionary work exclusively, actually doing he bidding of Our Lord. I had no idea what two 19 year old boys from Utah and Idaho could teach this veteran New Yorker. I agreed, but thought it was a waste of time. I did not expect two enthusiastic, intelligent young men-full of the Holy Spirit of God to actually exist, much less actually show up at my door like two old skool angels from the Old Testament to teach me of our Heavenly Father and the sacrifice of his son, even Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Having a wife and 3 children at home, we are as busy as any self sufficient family. There are many activities our children attend and being busy, we have had to make choices and prioritize the roles in our lives to make sure we spend our lives for, and in, a worthy purpose and not get distracted from achieving our goals. It is so refreshing to feel the Holy Spirit each time I attend Church, I first felt the Holy Spirit in the feelings of a welcome return back to my Fathers fold, Salvation, Comfort and Love-from the first time I went to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in New York City. What was strange, was that those feelings I felt-came before I spoke to anyone in the building (as we arrived late for services). I sat and wept tears of joy and reunion...I knew I was loved, missed and finally HOME! Jesus really does love me... Attending church and taking part in the Sacrament, learning about Our Savior and his example, fellowshiping, helping those in need are just a few things that I really enjoy. It is also nice having others from our church help our family when we stand in need. Our family thrives in the feeling of community that comes from wholesome families who treasure their spouses and children and exist FOR their families. I have concerns that my children should not get confused and eventually lost in this world of risky choices we all live in. I know that children need caring and conscious parents, good role models, good work ethic, a good society and a firm foundation in understanding of the example left to us, by the life of Jesus, the Christ. When miracles occurred around me and eventually in my own life, any remaining doubts and lack of understanding I may have had for the origins of my Church were meaningless. So here I stand, a Mormon convert! P.S.- the Elder and Sister Missionaries are truly sent from our Heavenly Father, have them over, but beware, they may share a message, say a prayer or even sing a hymn...