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Hi I'm Valerie

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, I have lived with Lupus for most of my life, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was blessed to be born into a home where the Gospel of Jesus Christ was taught. I was baptized a member at the age of 8. When I was 11 years old I started experiencing a lot of illness, but the cause of the illnesses was not discovered. I loved life and was involved as much as possible. I was sealed in the Temple to a wonderful man, soon after I graduated from high school. One of my goals in life was to be a mother. I found that, that goal was not going to be an easy one. Keeping pregnancies was very difficult. Still it was not determined what the problem was. When I was able to work I managed Apartments with my husband. I also had the great experience of managing a book store and I spent some time as a file clerk. In time I was able to have 4 children, and experienced 5 miscarriages. By this time my health was not good and it was determined that I had Lupus. Life has been interesting, full of many challenges and heartaches. It has also been full of many blessing and tender mercies. I am so grateful for the Gospel that has given me the strength and the courage to meet the challenges, I am grateful for the blessing of a wonderful husband who is there by my side. We have watched our children grow, and now they are married and have children of their own.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the joy I feel in the teachings of the Church. I know who I am, a daughter of our Heavenly Father. I know He loves me. He loves each of us! We are His children! I know that Jesus Christ lives and atoned for our sins. I am grateful for the knowledge that we can return to live with them one day. I am grateful to know that we can turn to our Heavenly Father in prayer. He hears our prayers! I am grateful for the scriptures. I am grateful for Joseph Smith. I know he was a prophet of God. I know that thru the power of God he translated the Book of Mormon. I know we have a Prophet today, Thomas S Monson. I am so grateful for the opportunity we have to listen to a Prophet's voice. To receive counsel and revelation from God thru Him. I love General Conference. What a blessing it is to hear from our Prophet and other Church leaders. They are truly inspired of God! I know that families can be together forever. I am grateful for my Temple marriage that seals my family together for eternity. I struggle with much pain because of the diseases I endure. My testimony of the Gospel gives me the strength and courage to continue each day!

How I live my faith

I am so grateful for the gospel in my life. I am grateful to be able to go to church when my health permits. What a wonderful experience it is to be able to feel the spirit that is there and to partake of the Sacrament, and to feel the strength of the members. It fills me with such joy. I am grateful for the opportunities that come when I can share my testimony with others. I am grateful that as a mother and grandmother, I have many opportunities to share. I am also learning the great value of service. I am now on the receiving end, and realize that that is also a very important part of service. I am learning how much our Heavenly Father loves each of His children. As I pray for help I find that my prayers are answered as either a peace will envelop me, or someone will come to share their love and friendship.