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Hi I'm Leslie

I am from Southwestern Virginia. I love to go running with friends. I am a working mom and I love to sing! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a very happy life. I love being married to my husband. He makes me laugh every day. I have a wonderful daughter from a previous marriage and she is beautiful and tender-hearted...despite being a teenager! We are in the process of growing our family through adoption. We are planning to adopt a sibling group out of the foster care system. I am a working mom. I went back to school as a single mom and was the last of my parents' 7 children to graduate from college. I love to go running with my friends and recently joined a community soccer team with my husband. We're pretty terrible, but it's loads of fun! I absolutely love working with kids and would rather talk to them than adults most of the time. I love to sing and act goofy with them. I am terrible at small talk, but love deep conversations about religion or psychology. I love big families, chocolate, and scary movies. But not too scary! I don't mind laundry, but I hate cooking dinner. My husband is underemployed and I think my uterus is full of cobwebs , but we know things will get better! We believe in the power of hope and a sense of humor to get through our rough patches!

Why I am a Mormon

For as long as I can remember, I have had faith in a loving Father in Heaven. As a young girl in Virginia, I was asked a lot of questions from childhood friends about what I believed. I was the only member of my church that most of them had ever met. That drove me to seek answers early. I wanted to know for myself and tell them the truth. My parents taught me to find answers for myself.They taught me to study and to pray. They told me I could know for myself and I trusted them. I finished reading the Book of Mormon before I was eight years old. I prayed to my Heavenly Father to know if it was true and I received a warm feeling of peace and knew that it was. I have leaned on that faith to get me through my challenges. As a teenager and young adult, I suffered from depression. I know that I was eventually healed through my faith. I went through 2 divorces by the time I was 28 years old. For someone that didn't believe divorce should ever be an option, it was a major embarrassment and struggle for me. It still is, but I just never stopped going to church. I never doubted that God loved me and most of all, I never stopped praying for healing. I haven't always been accepted by all the members of my faith, but the majority have embraced me in loving arms and supported me through my darkest hours. I cannot deny my faith. I cannot deny the power of God's love for me and I want everyone to experience the hope and peace that continues to carry me through my trials today. God loves us. Our Savior, Jesus Christ restored His church so that we could find joy in our journey that is life. His commandments are blessings that protect us from pain and suffering. I know that we grow closer to our Heavenly Father by loving and serving our fellow men.

How I live my faith

Every morning I drift awake like a warm summer breeze and wake up happy and full of sunshine...or something like that. Ha! But I do drag my family out of bed every morning for a family prayer and a short scripture study. We know if we put God first in our lives, everything else will fall into place...eventually. I pray a lot. I pray driving to work, or while I am running, or just sitting at work. And I love to talk about my faith with people. I want everyone to know that God loves them. That He cares about them and can heal whatever hurts they have. I love my Savior and want to serve Him by loving others! I am lucky to work with the children in my church. I have worked with them in several different capacities, but right now I am their music leader. I teach them songs that help them know that they are God's children and that he loves them and that if they try to follow him, they can be truly happy! We have a lot of fun together and they teach me more than I could ever teach them! Children forgive so easily and accept others so readily. They naturally have strong faith and WANT to believe the best of others. They are teachable and humble. Sometimes they wear me out, but their enthusiasm and excitement about the little things in life is contagious. Even though it's been years since I have been blessed to have small children in my home, I can still work with these sweet little angels every week. I love the friendships and fellowship I gain from my church family. We've had to move several times, but I always know that there will be people who will become my friends no matter where I live. Our love for the gospel joins us together regardless of race, economic status, age, or appearance! And with social media, I can continue those friendships no matter where I live! Living my faith means treating others with kindness and seeking to do God's will rather than my own. The rest will take care of itself!