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Hi I'm Lesli

I grew up in Northern California. I currently choose to be a stay-at-home mom, but I am an educator by profession. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a Master's degree but I choose to be home with my four children. Not teaching has allowed me to regularly work in my children's classrooms, on school PTA and serve in other ways in my community. I am grateful my husband supports me in this decision and that we carefully manage our finances to allow it to happen. It is a busy life but when I have time for myself, I love to do photography and be creative with interior design, foods and crafts.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon by birth but I live it by choice. All of us have to come to a time when we make our own decision about religion. I have found that I am happiest when I live the gospel teachings of Jesus Christ. This belief has helped me feel greater peace, contentment and fulfillment in my life. My increased faith has also given me greater hope for the future, as I believe that we will continue living after death on earth and that I can be with my family and loved ones forever. I have also found that in the midst of difficult things in life, my faith gives me courage to move forward and trust that God has a plan for each one of us. Even though I may not understand why things happen or what the outcome may be, I can still trust that things will be ok.

How I live my faith

I have found that my religion and my faith help me to be better. The more I try and focus on Jesus Christ, the less I get down on myself for all my inabilities and weaknesses and am able to just feel Heavenly Father's love for who I am. I feel his unconditional love and know that although I am already enough, I can, with His help, still improve daily. Knowing Jesus Christ atoned for my short comings, my sins, my many moments of weakness, gives me hope each new day to know that if I am willing to pray and repent, I can be washed clean and start each new day as Anne of Green Gables put it, "With no mistakes in it!" I LIVE for that!!

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

In the plan of Heavenly Father, he gave women and men very distinct and different roles. In his plan and in the organization of His church, each of those roles are very important. The world's views on women and their roles has changed dramatically but God's plan has not changed. The responsibility of holding the priesthood, according to God's plan, was given to men. This does not mean men are more important than women, for although men may hold the power of the priesthood, that priesthood can only be used to bless others, including all women. Priesthood holders cannot bless themselves. Women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have the opportunity to serve in the church in many ways. They may be called to teach a variety of Sunday School classes for children, youth as well as adults. They may also be called to work in various ways in The Relief Society organization, which is the largest and oldest international women's organization. Women may also be asked to serve in the Young Women's organiztioan (for 12-18 year old girls) or the Primary organization (for 3-11 year old children). All of these organizations need the help of the women of the church. I have had the opportunity to serve in all of these different organizations in various capacities, including as the president of each at different times. I have felt respected and supported as I have had the opportunities to serve by both other women as well as the men of the church. Show more Show less