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Hi I'm Verena

I'm married, have six children, worked for an international event management group and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 47 years old and have 6 children: 5 boys and 1 girl. One of my sons died as an infant. While extremely difficult, I know I will see him again. I graduated from high school and attended 3 different colleges prior to getting my degree in marketing. I pursued a career in event management until 2003 when I decided to stay home to be with my children. I enjoyed my career. I found it fulfilling, but nothing compares to being a wife and mother. I love being at home with my children. My oldest is now 20 and serving a mission in Taiwan. We love hearing about his experiences there. My youngest is our daughter and she is now in second grade. We have what feels sometimes as two sets of children, our older ones, and our younger ones. The defining separation between the two was the loss of our son Trey. Prior to marrying my husband when I was 25, I served an LDS mission to Wisconsin. My husband prior to marrying me served a mission to Japan. I was fortunate enough in my career to have had the opportunity to travel and see the world. Both my husband and I love to see the world and have a deep affection for many of those we have met through our travels and service. At first, when I decided to stay home full time it was difficult. I didn't receive the accolades I did from work, but the rewards came in simple ways. It was the smile on my daughter's lips as I rocked her to sleep. The, "I love you mom," in passing as my son ran out the door to play. Now I've been home for several years, I could not imagine going back to what I thought I could never leave in my career.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But, the fact is, at some point in my life I had to gain my own testimony. My testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ came through prayer and study. I read the Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, which both testify of Him. I put the statement to the test uttered by one of the prophets in the Book of Mormon and I prayed and asked God if it was true. The feeling I received was a peaceful confirmation. Angels did not come down and utter to me, but the still small voice spoke to my heart. By their fruits ye shall know them. I found much good fruit, in teachings, life style, and testimony. I know that it is true. I cannot deny it. I am grateful for the Book of Mormon that continues to provide me with answers in life. I am grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ and His Atoning sacrifice. I am so grateful for the support system that Heavenly Father has established in His Church. I am grateful to be surrounded by other members who try to live the gospel standards and teachings. We are not perfect, no one is, that is why we have a loving Savior who atoned for our sins and weaknesses. It is up to each one of us to use His Atonement so it was not in vain, and strive to become better each and every day.

How I live my faith

Living the gospel is something you do every day. It's not only a Sunday deal. It's hard to describe how we live our faith, because it is all around in every thing we do. We play as a family, we pray as a family, we look for teaching opportunities, we strive to be better today than yesterday. Service is also a big part of how we live our faith in our home. I grew up in a home where my mother served constantly. She was always baking bread, making dinners, sewing quilts, or cleaning someone's house. I hope to provide my children with that same example. Just this past week I pulled my two boys away from a marvelous time they were having with friends to go and do yard work at their grandparent's house. At first there were some complaints as we drove away watching their friends kick a soccer ball. But, after a job well down and leaving behind two grateful hearts, my boys were very happy inside on the way home. I love that part about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the perfect example of service the Savior provided.

What is the Relief Society?

Verena
The Relief Society was first organized to help provide relief to those in need. This has been the main focus for this inspired organization since its inception. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you what the Relief Society means to me. This question has given me some time to truly reflect on my experience with this great organization. There are many things I enjoy, but there are two things that stand out most of all. First, it’s the sisterhood. It is so comforting to know you can meet with sisters each week who share your values. Meeting with other members of the Church strengthens and reaffirms my testimony. Church and particularly Relief Society re-energizes me each week. Many times, the things I hear in Relief Society are exactly the same things I was struggling with or praying for that very week. I am also impressed with the countless hours of service rendered by sisters in the Relief Society. Most of the service is silent from sisters who are not looking for praise, but merely to serve their fellow being and Heavenly Father in some small way. I have appreciated the opportunities of service it has provided me as well – both on the giving and receiving ends. I was amazed at the number of phone calls, meals and visits from the kind sisters in our ward when my daughter was born. It feels me with gratitude and an attitude of wanting to give back to others in need. As members of the Relief Society, we are all important contributors in this great work of giving and receiving relief. It is an organization of service. Show more Show less