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Hi I'm Valerie

I am a wife and a homemaker. I am the mother of six boys. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am thankful to be a full time homemaker. I care for my home and bake cookies. I tend my lawn and I have garden beds full of flowers. I am an old scrapbooker turned blogger in order to keep a family history. I love cemeteries and genealogy. I have a good husband and I am the mother to six little boys.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon by heritage, but also, by personal conviction. My great grandparents, both paternal and maternal, were freedom-loving, truth-seeking people. Many of my grandparents were early converts to the Church when the population of Latter-day Saints was very small and being a Mormon brought out of others anger and persecution. I am inspired by my ancestors' faith in Jesus Christ and in the Gospel teachings. That faith gave them the courage and stamina to do what is right-- even when it ran against the grain. My parents were great parents and taught myself and my siblings well. They modeled commitment, and enjoyed the comfort and joy that Christian living brings. But ultimately, I am a Mormon because I know, of myself, that it is true. I don't remember a time in my life when I did not have the desire to follow Christ, keep His commandments and obey latter-day prophets. I have always felt the fruits of the Spirit-- love, joy, peace, faith and goodness-- as I have studied doctrines and been a full participant in the Church. What once may have been heritage, is now something I know is true of myself.

How I live my faith

In the Church, I teach kids, ages 3 to 12, in the children's organization. I love the chance to think about the lessons on Christ and His gospel on the level of a child. That preparation strengthens my own faith and the presentation is satisfying because you can almost see the belief growing the hearts of little ones.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Listening to my son read from the Book of Mormon recently I found two verses from Alma to be amazingly precise in teaching the essence of the Atonement. They state so beautifully the soul and substance of the Savior's mission to the earth. Alma 7: 12-13 "And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities...the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me." * Christ's victory over death through His resurrection "loosens the bands" for us. We will know immortality in resurrected bodies like His. * Because Jesus "went forth suffering afflictions and temptations of every kind", He knows how to succor, or comfort , us in our "infirmities". * The Savior took our sins upon Himself so that our transgression "might be blotted out". We can repent and be clean. Gorgeously written passages like this one in Alma is one of the reasons that I love the Book of Mormon. It is so clear in describing the Gospel that I feel like the doctrines are handed to me beautifully prepared and then served on a silver platter. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

In this crazy world, where God's laws are dismissed and man decides for himself what is truth and what is error. We need a way to be back in touch with the heavens. One of the Holy Ghost's missions is to witness of truth and warn of error. By the power of the Holy Ghost, we will know the truth of all things and can distinguish between truth and error. He speaks to our minds and our hearts. How does it feel to be spoken to by the Spirit in your heart? It is warmth and light. It is joy and happiness. It builds our faith in Jesus Christ and God's Plan. You are filled with love and have peace that is beyond your own creation. When we are having these feelings, we can KNOW that the teaching is true. The antithesis meaning NOT having the Spirit's inspiration in your heart may be anger, frustration, darkness, hate or dislike, unrest, sadness, rejection of faith and/or disbelief. "... But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith..." Galatians 5:22 How does it feel to be spoken to by the Spirit in your mind? Ideas that open our minds and enlighten and feel like sunshine are true. Truth makes our knowledge grow, it makes sense and broadens our understanding. It is exciting and your mind feels enlarged. It gives confidence. The antithesis meaning NOT having the Spirit's inspiration in your mind may be a stupor of thought, no flow of ideas, stunted thinking, darkness, and/or intellectual lethargy. " Behold, thou knowest that thou hast inquired of me and I did enlighten thy mind and now I tell thee these things that thou mayest know that thou hast been enlightened by the Spirit of truth." D&C 6:15 The work of our lifetime is to learn the language of The Spirit. Understanding His promptings in our hearts and minds will aid us in distinguishing between truth and error. He can teach us the truth of all things. Armed with this knowledge, we can use our agency to choose truth, making safe navigation of this probationary state possible. Show more Show less