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Hi I'm Valerie

I'm a mom, an army wife, a coupon-clipper, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in southern California, lived in New York for a while after high school, and served a mission in Uruguay. I married my husband in Utah and worked as the operations director for a large, privately-owned company before my first child was born. Since then my husband joined the army. We enjoy our life in the military. It is not without sacrifice and trials, but we find that the Lord has led us to where we are, and blesses us with comfort, peace, and joy as we strive to do His will. We have welcomed another child into our family and feel the Spirit in our home continually as we recognize His bountiful blessings.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in a Mormon family, and grew up in the church, but a personal testimony eluded me throughout my youth. During my early college years, I had questions about religion and my relationship with Heavenly Father. I ended up having to leave everything I was familiar with (and move across the country) to finally realize that the truth I had been seeking all along was right in front of me. Personal experiences with prayer, pondering and acting in faith led me back to the church, with a deep gratitude for Heavenly Father's love and the Savior's Atonement. I was baptized because, at eight years old, it seemed to be what was expected of me. But today I can proudly say that I'm a Mormon because I have chosen to be; because I know the Church of Jesus Christ is the Lord's true church. And being a member of His church, and having an understanding of His plan for me, give me peace and reassurance when trials are upon me and my family. I'm a Mormon because I couldn't imagine my life now any other way.

How I live my faith

Our family is part of a wonderful church unit that is comprised entirely of military families. It is such a blessing to know so many strong, humble people who chose to do the right thing day-in and day-out despite the vulgarity and anger that are often so prevalent in our community. I organize the playgroup that meets at least once a week for the children and mothers in our group. We have so much fun getting to know each other and giving our children the opportunity to make friends whose families share common values. I also serve as our ward's visiting teaching coordinator, making sure that all of the families in our ward are watched after and cared for. It is amazing to witness the countless acts of kindness and charity that the women in our ward put forth each and every day as they seek to earnestly serve the Lord and His children through visiting teaching.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

No. All people, regardless of color, race, age, gender, background or otherwise, are children of our Heavenly Father. And all are welcome in His church. All worthy members of His church are entitled to participate in the blessings of His Gospel. There is no race or color discrimination regarding His Priesthood. Show more Show less