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Hi I'm Les

I am a retired teacher, photographer, research scientist, and a Mormon.

About Me

Education: BS in Science from Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC; Master's in Science from Hampton University, Hampton, VA; Master's in Journalism/Mass Coummunication from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. Professional background: I am a professional Photographer, Teacher, and Speaker. I was the Executive Director for the National Scholastic Press/Associated Press Associations in Minneapolis, MN. I have taught high school chemistry, physical science, and journalism. I have worked in over 45 states as a speaker. I have lived in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Minnesota, and California. I have written articles for Quill and Scroll, and judged publications for state and national press associations. I have been the featured speaker for Columbia Scholastic Press, National Scholastic Press, Southern Interscholastic Press Association, and the Journalism Education Association. Hobbies: I like to read books: historical fiction and science are my favorite areas of interest. I like to do photography and have a personal camera, Nikon D-40. I have a telephoto lens and a wide-angle. I enjoy some political information, depending on quality of source.

Why I am a Mormon

I investigated the church as a skeptic. I was teaching at a workshop, at Weber State University in Utah, and decided I needed to know more about the LDS faith and the Mormons. I decided to take the tour offered by the Mormon church in Salt Lake. I had never seen the Book of Mormon or met the LDS Missionaries. All I wanted to know was the truth about the church and what the Mormons were about. At the end of the tour, the guide offered anyone a copy of the Book of Mormon; I raised my hand and got mine. So, at my frequent stops across the US and Canada, I would take some time to read from the Book of Mormon. I did this on my own time without any instruction or guidance from anyone else. I just wanted to have a background of the church. It took me several weeks to finish the book. I had questions about what I had read and I needed answers. I got on my knees and prayed about the book and what I had read. I didn't expect to feel something new, I just wanted to go the last mile, see what would happen... nothing, I supposed. But something did happen and it was unbelievable. I knew what I had read was true. More than that, I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the Lord's church on this earth. I knew this and I could not deny it. So, I traveled home to NC, and started going to the nearest Mormon church. I shook everyone's hand and said hello... wanted to fit in. After two months of attendance, I finally called the missionaries and said I wanted to be baptized.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being active in the church. I consider myself lucky to have found it. I am, by my accord, one of the few that was not born in the church or converted by the missionaries. See below:

What is the Book of Mormon?

Read it. Ponder it. You will be glad. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

This is a good question. When I investigated the church I thought this question about Joseph Smith would be a stopper. After all, Joseph Smith was from New York- Nuff said! He must be a liar and that would be true in the end, so I thought at the time. But Joseph was honest and true. Not very formally educated, he said once that he would have trouble believing someone who said, like him, they talked with God and His son. If you really want to know about Joseph, study him as a simple man. You might be convinced in the end that this boy was as he said he was, no more no less. Try praying about it. At first it may seem impossible but the truth will always win out. It is not Joseph's philosphy that makes the LDS church what it is today but the faith and countless testimonies of its members. Yes, I challenge you to ask for yourself what the truth is. Who was this Joseph Smith? Show more Show less