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Hi I'm Val

I'm an amateur writer. I've had a chronic illness all my life. I love life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Education: BA in English (I love to read and write!) Work: I've bounced around a lot, doing tutoring and babysitting, respite care and substituting seminary, nannying, editing, music lessons, playing harp for weddings and receptions, and even some dog-sitting. Anything is fine with me as long as it gives me time to work on my real professional goal--to be a published author. Family: I'm still single but I love living near my family--so near in fact, I haven't yet moved out from home. Hobbies: gardening, harping, writing, reading, stained glass, visiting friends and family, earth science Other: I've had a chronic illness from birth that limits how much I can do each day, but I've learned I can still accomplish anything I put my mind to and really want. It is a handicap, but it is also a tool for honing in on what's most important in life.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Because it feels so right! I love learning and there's no place I can have the Spirit of learning like in the gospel of Jesus Christ, the fountain of all truth. I also know this is the only place where I can be sealed to my family forever and nothing is more important to me than that. It's right and I know it; I've always known it, and it gets clearer to me with every struggle I overcome because of it. I'm a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ, my Savior, and I know He loves me, and I know this is His church. It's where He wants me to be, and I love it!

How I live my faith

Living the gospel is more than church attendance, though it includes that. It's being there for my family when they need me. It's making time for studying and pondering the scriptures and spiritual matters. It's speaking kindly to and about others--treating them all as beloved children of God. It's serving others and being aware of their needs and concerns. It's daily, hourly keeping the commandments of God and never denying your testimony of the truth. It is also being of "good cheer"--smiling often and showing good humor even throughout life's struggles, as a living example of your hope in Christ's power to overcome. This is how I daily strive to live my faith.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead. Different from the Trinity idea, we believe that God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings, but completely united in purpose. A primary role of the Holy Ghost is to testify of Jesus the Christ and Heavenly Father. The witness of the Holy Ghost is the only way one can come to know that Jesus is the Christ and that this is his church here on earth. He can also teach us all things that we need to do, give us comfort, and purify us. The Holy Ghost can be your constant companion after baptism as you keep your baptismal covenants. This is called having the gift of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less