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Hi I'm Val

I am living in Palmyra, New York as my husband and I serve as temple missionaries.

About Me

After a cross country driving trip from California, my husband and I arrived in Palmyra, New York on April 24, 2015. We are here for six months to serve as temple missionaries in the Palmyra Temple, having sold the house and cleared it out just before we left. We are loving our time here whether it be working, driving through the gorgeous countryside, visiting church sites or hiking near the Fingerlake region. We are also enjoying getting to know people that live in this area. We are the parents of nine children and have 15 grandchildren. Some of the family lives here in California and some in Utah. One of our children passed away five years ago and is mentioned below.

Why I am a Mormon

I am grateful that my parents raised me to follow their faith. My mother's ancestors left Norway, Holland and England to come to the United States after they joined the church in the latter half of the 1800's. My father joined the church after he married my mother. We had a rich upbringing with faith, education and service as shining stars in our lives. I am grateful for the knowledge I have of many gospel principles that help me in my life. I was able to marry a member of the church and have tried to live faithfully. One of many reasons that I stay active in my faith is the reading of scriptures. Reading the word of God gives me a pattern for living, wisdom for my heart and a testimony of my faith.

How I live my faith

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we are given many avenues to live our faith. I visit three women each month to strengthen our friendship and give them a gospel message. A woman who became my walking partner, that I saw every day, was someone I visited previously. We didn't even know each other before I began visiting her. Recently I worked in our nursery with the eighteen month to three year olds. I loved playing with them, reading to them and teaching them about the family and about Christ. I now work in our women's organization as a secretary. Living my faith includes caring for my family. The cooking, cleaning, and laundry is always there to do and it does indeed take fortitude and faith to keep all the tasks going and be pleasant and cheerful. I am grateful to try every day.