What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Valorie Smethurst

I am a convert and was baptized at the same time as my parents in a small town in British Columbia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in a small coastal town in British Columbia, Canada, only accessible by boat or plane.At that time it was a thriving pulp mill town, but the mill closed several years later and most of the town has been demolished and only a few dozen people live there now, . My twin and I are the fifth and sixth of 8 children, Most of our family moved to another small coastal town when I was 6 years old, where my parents started a small store. My twin and I often helped in the store. Then, at age 15 we moved to a town inland where I attended high school. There I met a young man who was soon baptized. During the time he served his mission, I attended Ricks College, as it was called then. Following his mission we were married in the Salt Lake Temple. We have 2 daughters and 2 sons, and some wonderful grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

When my parents were young they lived in Southern Alberta and had heard of the church, but were not members. A few years after they moved to the coast of BC, some missionaries contacted them and left with them a Book of Mormon, but there was no branch of the Church in that town, and the book was left on the shelf. Then after our family moved, the branch in the new locale was building a chapel and there were building missionaries, as well as a senior missionary couple serving there. The year I was 11 years old, my parents took the discussions, and I listened in on a few of them. I was very touched and amazed at the account of the First Vision, and when they asked me if I wanted to be baptized, I said yes. So, on a day late in November that year, my parents and my twin and I were baptized in a portable font in the basement of the branch president's home, and were confirmed right after in his living room. I soon became very involved in all the activities of that very vibrant little branch of the Church in that little coastal community. After we moved inland, we became part of another little branch, and I was able to serve in many ways while yet in my teen years. My service in the Church since the time I was a teenager has given me opportunities for great growth and helped my testimony grow as I have received the help of the Lord. I especially love teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, whether it be just sharing what I know to be true or in a Church calling.

How I live my faith

I have loved serving in many Church callings, but my favorite involves teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have taught the adult Sunday School class several times, and have also taught the adult women class. My husband and I are currently serving as group leaders for the church sponsored addiction recovery program, which is a program for all, whether member or non-member, who want to participate in it.