Hi I'm Valerie Jean
Married to a private investigator. We have 3 children. I love being a wife, mom and business-owner. I'm a Mormon.
Elder Boyd K. Packer said, "The ultimate end of all activity in the Church is that a man and his wife and their children can be happy at home." I can say firsthand that I know what it's like to be a part of a happy family. In this regard, I am the luckiest wife and mother on the planet. Our children are teenagers, and yet they still open up to me about anything and everything. I treasure my husband and children more than I can say. I have numerous other blessings as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have a strong desire to share my testimony of the gospel. I do struggle with weaknesses and various different trials, specifically health issues. But it helps me to remember the good moments outweigh the bad ones. Oh how they do! The gospel of Jesus Christ enables me to have this perspective, regardless of the trials my family and I are going through. I enjoy reading mostly for secular and spiritual learning, journal writing, photography, creative writing, going to the movies isn't movie popcorn the best?!, helping others, social networking on the internet, blogging, spending time with my friends, immediate and extended family and I've been known to play a game of spider solitaire or two. If I'm listening to Michael Buble, one might catch me dancing. I very much enjoy going to the temple. I have taken numerous college classes on different campuses and online. I absolutely love learning. My husband is a private investigator. He is good at what he does and more importantly, he enjoys his job. I do not work outside the home. A great deal of my time and energy is spent towards my family and taking care of our daughter who has special needs. She has over 15 doctors. My sons have some health care issues as well. But I am grateful that my children have doctors and medication to help them. The inconvenience of doctor's appointments is a small price to pay for necessary health care. Somehow, our children rise above their trials and keep on going. They each have accomplished good things and I am proud of them, especially for the good choices they make. I am so grateful to my husband, and for the love and patience he shows to me. He is also one of the funniest people I know. I love him dearly. I am excited for this opportunity to share my beliefs about Jesus Christ. I welcome comments on my blog page.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised a Mormon. My parents could not have given me a better gift. I have continued in the faith because it has blessed my life in numerous ways. To name a few, I have a happy marriage and a positive and close bond with our children, I have many opportunities to help and serve others which makes me feel I am making a difference in the lives of others, my family and I have received service and love from many members of the church, I have met and made friends with many of these members, I have been enabled to overcome trials and come out stronger and wiser than before, I have felt the Love of God in my life in various ways, I have learned that living the gospel to the best of my ability and sincerely repenting of my sins has helped me to be at peace, regardless of any tribulation which besets myself or my loved ones or the world around me. I know, without a doubt, Jesus Christ atoned for our sins so that if we COME UNTO HIM, strive to live the commandments of God, and repent as needed, we can be worthy to attain the highest degree of glory for the eternities. And we can be truly happy in this life, through the good times and the difficult times. I wish to share what has blessed my life to all those who are members and who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I also love being a Mormon because the church has an organization called LDS Family Services. This organization offers counseling, information about counseling services and a library full of articles dealing with social, emotional, and spiritual challenges, help for birth parents, adoptive couples, and they offer an Addiction Recovery Program. I am a Mormon because the church offers many resources to help each of us on our own unique journey of life. I am a Mormon because I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, and that the Book of Mormon is, indeed, the word of God.
How I live my faith
Daily I strive to live my faith. I try to show kindness and respect to all those around me. I am also a visiting teacher to 4 wonderful ladies. My visiting teaching companion is an amazing woman as well. My husband is the Activities Chairperson and the Boy Scout Chairperson of our ward (congregation). With the help of many others, he knows how to throw a fabulous family-oriented party! I am also part of the (or one of the) largest women's organizations in the world called the Relief Society. It is fantastic to have such an amazing support network of so many women. We are enriched by our different personalities and likes/dislikes, and we are brought together on what we have in common. Other ways I live my faith is that I strive to say my personal morning and evening prayers, read the scriptures, fulfill my callings (church responsibilities), and I try to make sure we have family home evening each Monday evening. Also, I strive to be patient with others, whether I know them personally or not. How can I expect mercy from the Lord, when I am not merciful to others? I love all of God's children, regardless of their religious, political or secular beliefs.