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Hi I'm Leslie

I grew up in North Carolina. I love mountains and life with my husband, dog, and cat. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spend a lot of time doing the soul-satisfying work of Disaster Relief for the American Red Cross. Working with volunteers is a passion of mine.I graduated from two all-women's colleges where I had the opportunity to learn more about the incredible contribution women can make to the world. In addition to the Red Cross, I have been involved with the Ronald McDonald House. I met my husband in the middle of nowhere in Missouri and he was kind enough to come back to NC with me. We both love the outdoors and enjoy the many different activities North Carolina offers such as hiking, mountain climbing, camping, and whitewater rafting. Our vacations are spent with the best people ever- family. For "me" time I love to get hooked on a good book, tv series, or game.

Why I am a Mormon

The story is a lot longer than this! I have a loving family that taught me to want a personal relationship with Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. I went to church with them at Methodist and Presbyterian houses of worship. When I became a teenager I began to pull away from "mom and dad's church" and wanted to find my own church. During this search I dated a boy who was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At his home one night, his family invited me to be a part of their Family Home Evening, where they shared spiritual thoughts and experiences, studied the scriptures and had prayers. Encounters like this would have normally made me uncomfortable but I felt right at home. I knew I had stumbled upon something different. After a time, the boy and I broke up but I found myself wanting to learn more about what his family believed and what made them "different". His parents helped with what questions I had and offered to have me meet with the missionaries. Some of the questions came from the opposition my parents had towards the LDS faith. I tried not to talk with them too much because I felt it was "my" search and I wanted the opportunity to think and reason for myself. To learn more about the LDS faith, I attended scripture study classes before school called Seminary. In all of this, my love for the Savior began to grow. I felt like the pieces of a puzzle were starting to be put together for my faith. I wanted to learn as much as I could and when I did, my heart changed. I wanted to be baptized when I was 17, but my parents objected. When I went off to college I attended the LDS church and sought out the missionaries and at Christmas break I got baptized. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is truly Christ's original church restored in our day. He is at the head of it. I'm so grateful that we have the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other works of scripture to help us know the plan of happiness He has prepared for us.

How I live my faith

Besides working for and volunteering in service organizations, I have filled several service roles in church. For 5 years I taught a scripture study course to the high school aged youth of our church every morning before school. It was the most challenging yet fulfilling calling I've ever had. I have also been part of our Emergency Preparedness Committee and assisted in the organization of programs to present to the community about being ready for disasters.