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Hi I'm Valerie

I grew up in the Northeast of the U.S. I'm the author of four books and mother of nine children. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I grew up in New Jersey after being born in Brooklyn to a Jewish family. We went back and forth from Jersey to Brooklyn a lot visitng family. My parents joined the Church when I was 10 and it had a profound affect on me. I met my husband at Brigham Young University in 1981. We had 9 children together and chose to educate them at home. They have grown up to be wonderful people. We were married for almost 25 years when he passed away unexpectedly. We were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple so I know I will see him again as my eternal companion. I was single for 2 1/2 years and met a wonderful guy who didn't mind all the children and married me anyway. He also is a member of the Church and served a mission in Korea as my first husband did. I now have 6 grandchildren from my oldest three daughters. I have published four books about the family and have plans for 2 more. I have a children's picture book series going too. I write a weekly editorial for a local paper and try to include inspiring words to help others make their life better. I love writing and how it can help others. We love doing family history research as well. We are planning to remodel an old hotel built in 1900 in the town where I live and love learning about the history.

Why I am a Mormon

When my parents first invited the missionaries over to learn about the Church, I felt an excitement. As Jews, we attended Synagogue services but even as a young child I could feel something was missing. As a child, I wanted to attend Sunday School but was told by the Rabbi that I was past the age when children attented their Sunday School classes I was 7 so I was not able to go. When we were baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I felt as if I came home. The Church has filled a void in my life and I will cherish it always. I read the Book of Mormon every day with my children and it has brought me and my family closer to God and fills our home with peace. Through all the trials I have borne and will bear, it is the foundation which I can stand firmly and know it will always be there for me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by participating in church activities. We attend our Sunday meetings, and my children are active in Scouting and the Young Women's program on Wednesday night. Both my husband and I visit the families we are assigned each month and I am the teacher for the 18 month to 3 year-old class on Sunday for Sunday School. You might not think young children can remember the lessons you teach but they are very receptive. Praying each morning and night is important to us as a family. I also help organize a homschool group in our community which keeps us very busy.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

By having faith in Jesus Christ, our life is guided by a higher order than that of the rest of the world. Our marriages stay intact as we strive to treat each other with kindness as well as teaching our children these same principles. The influence of a Christian outlook in life is positive and inspiring. When trials come, and they do come often, we can hang on to our faith and we become stronger for it. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Living in the south, I get that question a lot and what I have found that help others understand is that we are different. We believe that Christ is our Savior and Redeemer but we do things a little differently at our services so others don't understand. We are a reverent people and our temple services are closed to the general public which makes others suspicious. We are no cult by any means but live to serve others without any reward as Christ has done. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Attendence at a Mormon service on Sunday is open to anyone to come visit. Attendence inside a Mormon temple is only for those worthy to enter. Temple worthiness is measured by virtue, chastity, adherence to the Word of Wisdom no smoking, no drinking alcohol, coffee or tea and regular church attendence. We feel it a privlege to enter the temple and want to keep it sacred. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

We are most definitely Christians!!! If you think about the life of Christ and what He has done for others, we feel the need to give service without payment and follow the life of Christ as closely as possible. This includes teaching our children to follow him. This includes reading His words and taking the sacrament in His name. One principle I incorporate into my life is the teaching of Jesus Christ which says we should love our neighbors as our self. If we treat each other with kindness, instead of how the negative aspect of society treats others, we could improve our character. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

One of the principle writings of our church is called the Articles of Faith. We believe through these writings we can come to understand our purpose here on earth. The Fourth Article of Faith says: We believe the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: First, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The first step in having faith should be to our Savior, Jesus Christ. I feel that most people on the earth truly do not understand what we have been given by our Savior. We have been given free will to choose the way our life should be by how we act and what choices we make because of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We have been given the opportunity to repent of our wrong doings and with the Atonement, be forgiven of our sins. Our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ gives us a new life. A way to understand our own destiny. Show more Show less