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Hi I'm Lesley

I am a stay at home mom, Certified Athletic Trainer, Independent Designer for Origami Owl jewelry, and a wife of a MD/PhD student.

About Me

I am a Certified Athletic Trainer, although I am currently not working. The life of an athletic trainer, or sports medic, is very busy. Long hours, working on weekends, and traveling away from home. I knew I wanted to one day be a mother and knew that these two things did not go together. I pursued it anyway because of my love of medicine, helping others, and, sports. I was a student athletic trainer throughout high school, college, and then went on to get my Master's degree and work for Brigham Young University for 3.5 years. Which is how I met my husband. He was on the BYU diving team and I was their athletic trainer. As I mentioned, I love sports. I did track and field in high school but did not go on in college as I was busy taking care of the athletes. I did, however, participate in a Olympic Weightlifting club. I went to a lot of competitions, including state championships (which I got first in Missouri and Utah) and Collegiate Nationals where I placed 3rd in my weight class. My husband and I got married in 2009 and moved to Kentucky in 2012 for him to start Medical school at the University of Kentucky. We have 1 boy with another on the way. Our faith has been strengthened so much with the multiple surgeries our first has had to have, including open heart at 48 hours old. I know that we couldn't have gone through those surgeries with the countless priesthood blessings and support we received from our family and church.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church my whole life. I was baptized at 8 years olds, but was not fully converted to the gospel until age 20. I always enjoyed going to church and the friendships I had there. However, when I went to college and had a choice of going to church or not, I chose not to. I had not been choosing the right and used my agency to decide to stop going. The year or so I did not go, I made many bad choices. It is wasn't for the missionaries that I saw in my dorm room I probably would not have gone back that quickly. Feeling the spirit that Sunday made me realize what was missing from my life. Not just the year I didn't go, but my whole life. I was finally ready to accept the Gospel and gain a testimony of my own. I found out that this is what I wanted my life to be and that I wanted to be surrounded by the spirit all the time. When deciding to get my Master's degree, BYU wasn't even on my radar of schools to go to until my bishop mentioned it. I decided to take a tour while I was visiting family in Utah. I knew that was the place I needed to be. I met the best people and my husband. I am Mormon because of the promise of ETERNAL families. I am Mormon because the promise of a life after this one. I am Mormon because I know that it is God's true church. I am Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true, Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins so people like me can live with him and Heavenly Father again.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday my family and I attend church. Sometimes that requires getting myself and my 2 year old son ready for 9am church by myself because of my husbands church meetings before. We enjoy attending the different social activity the women's group, men's group, or the ward is having. We love the friends we have in our ward and consider them part of our family. We try to always look after each other by helping families moving into or out of our ward or cooking a meal for families in need. I am the Assistant Stake Family History Center Director. I work in the family history center once week and help others discover their ancestors with the help of different genealogy websites. It is always exciting when someone comes in and I am able to help them discover family members they hadn't been able to find before or didn't even know about.