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Hi I'm Les

I grew up on a dairy farm in central Pennsylvania. I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I'm #10 of eleven children. I was raised in central Pennsylvania on a dairy farm andI learned at an early age what hard work was. There were a lot of mouths to feed and if you wanted to eat, you did your share of the work. I left school and joined the Navy Sea-bees when I was seventeen and did 2 tours in Viet Nam. About 2 years after returning home from Viet Nam I was introduced to and taught by the missionaries. I wasn't looking to change my life, in fact, I thought I was doing pretty good. I wasn't perfect, but then none of us are, right? Something happened. I was impressed to pray earnestly about my life and what I was doing with it....or more exact, what I wasn't doing. After much prayer and conversing with the Lord, I was baptized and joined the church. That one decision has changed who I am and has given me the capacity to love others more than I could ever imagine. My wife and I have been sealed in the Holy Temple for all time and eternity. As Mormons, we believe that we lived as spirits with our heavenly Father before we were born and received mortal bodies and that we have the opportunity to return to Him and live in His presence again as eternal families. To do so , we must live according to the doctrines of Christ and be sealed in the Temple. Being sealed together brings our love for one another and our families to a new dimension, a higher love, a Christ-like love. I love the Church and can't imagine my life without it's influence.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young I was curious about where the Native Americans that were here when the Pilgrims arrived on this continent came from. How did they get here? No one could give me a conceivable answer. Years later, I read the Book of Mormon. In this Book, I received my answer. Through prayer and by the witness of the Holy Spirit, I know this to be true. The Book of Mormon is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. I have gained a testimony of the truthfulness of this Gospel. It is the word of God. This is the Church of Jesus Christ and it is directed by Jesus Christ through spiritual revelation to a modern-day Prophet, now, Thomas S. Monson. Our heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us and have not left us in the dark without direction. I know this is true and am grateful for living, modern-day prophets. Prophets were in Biblical times, and are again here to teach the Gospel and to direct the Lord's Church.

How I live my faith

I begin each day with scripture study and prayer. I try to emulate the love that the Lord shows me to all those around me. Like many men in the Church I hold an office in the Priesthood which gives me the authority and the privilege to perform certain sacred ordinances to bless my family and others. I find joy in serving and have been blessed an hundred fold as I have served in the Church and in my community. I know that as I serve others, I am merely serving our Lord. “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matt. 25:37–40.) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is about family and service. As a priesthood holder, I preside over the family, not to be the 'boss' but to love and protect my family. While husband and wife have separate responsibilities, “in these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” The priesthood is the power of God used to bless all of His children, male and female. Happiness in any family is achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our marriage and family is established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, and compassion. The Lord is the center of our family. I pray often to know His will that I might keep myself on the path to righteousness.