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Hi I'm Leslie

I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, cook, gardener, chauffeur, quilter, camper, hiker, caregiver, & I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I was raised in the Midwest and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. I am the third of five kids and the only girl in my family. I guess you could say I was a bit of a tomboy in my early years out of necessity. I attend Ricks College in Rexburg, ID for one year upon graduation from High School, then went on to complete my education and earn a degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. I have been married for over 40 years to a terrific man who I met at BYU, and we have 2 sons and a daughter who are all married. The joys of my life are our 7 grand kids. I enjoy hiking, biking, reading, quilting, gardening, cooking, camping, power walking, and anything having to do with nature and Gods handiwork. But most of all, I love being with my family. They are my greatest source of happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all my life. My heritage can be traced back to the early history of the church when my great, great, great grandfather, Reynolds Cahoon, became a member on October 11, 1830 - just 6 months after the church was organized. Growing up in a family with parents who taught me the truths of the Gospel and continuously served in the church all their lives, was a wonderful example to me. I never doubted their faith or the things they taught and I was fortunate to embrace truth because obedience made me happy. I came to know for myself that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true through many experiences as I attended church, read the Book of Mormon, fasted, prayed and strived to live worthy of the impressions and inspiration of the Holy Ghost. One experience in particular was pivotal in solidifying my testimony. In the summer between my junior and senior years at BYU, I participated in the Hill Cumorah pageant in Palmyra, NY. Palmyra is significant in church history because it is where Joseph Smith, a humble boy, 14 years old, knelt in a beautiful grove of trees and offered up a humble, simple prayer asking God which church he should join. In answer to that prayer, he received a vision in which he saw and spoke with God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. One of my heart’s greatest desires while participating in the pageant was to know that the things I had been taught and believed all my life concerning the church were indeed true. One afternoon after practicing for the pageant we had some free time. I walked to the Sacred Grove to ponder and pray. I knelt in fervent prayer seeking that sure witness. As I rose from my prayer and began walking through the grove, warmth filled my body from head to toe and in my mind I heard these words: “ This is where I appeared to Joseph Smith.” I KNEW it was ALL true! This knowledge and testimony have blessed my life beyond words to express. I KNOW it's true!

How I live my faith

One of the things that brings me great happiness in life is serving others. I love working with children and youth and have had opportunities to teach and interact with both in our church. They have taught, inspired, and blessed my life and continue to do so. I have volunteered in our local schools, served in PTA in varying assignments, as well as volunteering as a teacher's aide in a first grade classroom. I found those experiences to be very rewarding and a lot of fun. More recently I enjoyed serving at a local care center where weekly I directed music for the residents as they attended church. I love elderly people as well! Currently I volunteer at our local food pantry stocking shelves and assisting those in need. It's very humbling to help those who are struggling, have hope for brighter days ahead.