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Hi I'm Lesley

Raised as a Methodist in a small beach town, it wasn't until my baptism that I truly knew what my purpose is. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up steps away from the beach, in a faith-filled home but a lot of times, I felt like I wasn't living my life as our Heavenly Father would want me to. It wasn't until my (then) 13 year old shared with me that she wanted to visit a Mormon church that I first began to open my eyes to what endless possibilities the Lord has laid out before me. I absolutely love the fact that I will be able to be with my family forever (my husband and daughters) once we are sealed in the temple. What an amazing peace that brings me!

Why I am a Mormon

My family is my absolute number one priority and it was well before I became a member of His church. To me, being a Mormon means that I am surrounded by people who are equally as passionate about their family as I am. Everyone wants to feel loved and be loved--I am so glad that I am willing to share Heavenly Father's love with others!

How I live my faith

Although I was nervous about being an "outsider" (someone not raised in the LDS church), I quickly realized that as a convert I could share things with my new brothers and sisters, as well as people who are looking into the church, in a way some might not be able too. Since my baptism, I feel completely reconnected with my Heavenly Father and am so excited to share that feeling with others. I also find comfort in knowing that although I work professionally, it's okay. It's what is part of Heavenly Father's plan for me. I think it is important to show others that each member of the church is an individual--we are all different, much like a wave upon the sand.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Lesley
The Church's former practice of polygamy is often one of the first things people ask me about. At various times, the Lord commanded His people to practice plural marriage. I think what people don't understand is it wasn't for unworthy causes. Imagine a widow with children to raise but no husband or family to help her--the Lord commanded that those women should be taken care of by men who were able to. What a blessing to that woman and her children--to not be forgotten. Polygamy hasn't been practice in the Church since 1890, well over 100 years, when President Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that the leaders of the Church should cease teaching the practice of plural marriage (Official Declaration 1). Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Lesley
I will be the first person to admit that coffee was a huge part of my life before I began to study the Word of Wisdom (prior to my baptism). What is the Word of Wisdom? It is amazing reference (law of health) that was given to Joseph Smith by God for all of us to follow on how we should treat our bodies. Our bodies are precious gifts from God and we should treat them as such. Once I began to safely ween myself off of coffee, I quickly realized how addicted I was to it. I am so glad to not be tied down to it anymore! Show more Show less