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Hi I'm Les

I'm a Mormon. I was born and raised in Maryland and reside in North Carolina now. I'm a Spanish teacher here.

About Me

I am a Spanish teacher here in North Carolina. I have been a Spanish teacher for a long time but couldn't find any work in Maryland, so here I am. It is so nice and tranquil here. I am 50 years young. I am a father of a soon-to-be 18 year old son. I love sports of all kinds, love to play golf and attend games when I can. I enjoy watching movies, but only particular ones that pique my interest. I am a chocoholic! I enjoy the beach, with my favorite beach being Ocean City, MD. I've been to Myrtle Beach and loved it too. I like to travel, having been to Spain, France, Mexico and Ecuador. I want to do more traveling. I would like to see places in my own country, such as the Grand Canyon, the Alamo and many other sites. I am a World War 2 buff. I like to read and watch information about it. It fascinates me. I have served a mission for the Church in Chile and want to go back there to visit as well. Right now, I am recently separated but know that I eventually will find the right one for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the church is true. I have a testimony of the Gospel. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I have read it times over and can feel the power of the words in that sacred book. But reading it, along with the Bible, doesn't bring home the testimony. I have had to pray about it and live the words of the prophets that are contained in those books. For example, I can read Malachi's promise about tithing all that I want, but if I don't try it, I won't receive the blessings. I pay my tithing, and hope for the Lord's promise about the "windows of heaven" opening. They have. There are lots of things that the Lord promises, but I know that I have to do my part in order to receive the blessings. And I do. The other reason that I am a Mormon is because I see how obeying the commandments keeps me on the Lord's side and out of harm's way. When I was growing up, my father was a drunk and beat my mother all of the time. I certainly did not want to follow that example, and wanted a church that teaches those values. I grew up as a member of the church, but didn't acquire a real testimony of it until I was on my mission in Chile. I did not grow up in the church in great circumstances. My family and I were discriminated against because my father was not a member of the church. I was teased incessantly by boys in the church. But I knew where I belonged each Sunday and knew that my worship was more important than any human being. I have seen how the church has benefitted me. Sometimes it's a lonely road when you believe in something that not many do, but I can tell you for fact that I know that when I live by the teachings and precepts of the church, I am stronger and blessed for it. Many say that being a Mormon is "hard" because of all of the rules that are in place, like no drinking or smoking. I wouldn't change places with a drunk or a smoker any day. The Lord's commandments are there for my protection. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by not being ashamed to be a Mormon. I let everyone know that I am a member of this great church. There are too many that don't acknowledge that fact. I live my faith by being active in the church, by attending my meetings and being active there. I'm in a new branch and haven't been there long, so I'm still getting my feet wet in the branch. In the past, I have had many different callings, including ward executive secretary (secretary to the Bishop), home teacher, Primary teacher to 3 year olds, Young Single Adult Stake Co-Chair (organization that represents the many single members in a region--I was a co-leader of that organization), teacher, Sunday School counselor, temple worker, and other callings. I live my faith by being an example to others, obeying the commandments as best as I can (I'm not perfect, nor is anyone else. Hence, that's why I phrased it that way). I am compassionate. I serve others when called upon. I am a good father who loves his son immensely. I pay my tithes and offerings.

Are Mormons Christians?

Our first Article of Faith states "We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost." That should sum it up right there. The Articles of Faith are 13 statements of our basic beliefs. First and foremost is that we are Christians all of the way. Show more Show less