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Hi I'm Leslie Renee

I am a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, nurse and friend. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 4 children. I am very blessed to have a brother and a sister here on earth and a brother in heaven. I don't remember my brother that died at all because I was two years old when he was born and he only lived two weeks. I know my mother and father must have had profound grief with their loss and at the same time found great comfort in the teachings of the gospel regarding the eternal nature of families and the innocence of children. They taught me these principles as well. I was born in Michigan to parents that had been trying to have children for over ten years. My family moved back to WV where both my parents were from when I was seven years old. Both my parents were the youngest of eleven children in each of their families, so I was surrounded by many aunts, uncles and cousins. I still remember fondly so many adventures we had. I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be a wife and a mother. I also told everyone that I wanted to 'be a doctor that delivers babies'. After I was married and started my family, I decided to go back to school to further my education and became a delivery room nurse. I rejoiced seeing babies take their first breath and watching families welcome new life to earth. I am the mother of five adult children and now a grandmother of eight beautiful grandchildren. Seven on earth and one in heaven. I find the greatest joy in seeing my posterity live the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in this church. I was taught all my life about our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost and the purpose of life. I visited other local churches in our small rual community a few times and listened to the sermons there. When I was about 14 years old, I decided to figure out why I should stay with the LDS church. I had been taught from the Bible and the Book of Mormon all my life and decided that the Book of Mormon was what set this church apart from all the rest. So, I read the Book of Mormon all the way through for the first time. I prayed every time I read that the Lord would let me know if what I was reading was true and right. At some point, near the end of the book, everything just fell into place. All the pieces fit. It was like I had all this information in my mind and suddenly it all connected and I knew that this was and is the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth, with all the parts and pieces; nothing was missing. Since that time many years have passed and my testimony has been strengthened through living the principles of the gospel and receiving the promosed blessings. Repentence is an important part of my testimony as I have also felt the cleansing and healing power of Jesus' atonement. I still have a long ways to go, but with Jesus Christ as my friend and his gospel as my tool to return to him I can face each day and every challenge with reassurance that everything will turn out to be for my good through my savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being kind to everyone with whom I come in contact. I wear a smile as part of my general appearance. I am excited about the gospel, the hope and bright future it brings and how it comforts me when I face worries, sorrows and pain. I attend Sunday church meetings to help strengthen my faith and resolve for the week ahead. I pray and read scriptures daily and serve as a member of the Relief Society, the church's women's organization, in our ward. (a ward is a geographical group of people in our church) I also live my faith by being a friend to my children. They know they can ask me about anything without being judged harshly by me and that I will keep their confidences. My other friends and extended family members can count on me as well.