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Hi I'm Valerie

I love spending time with my family. I grew up in Wyoming, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother of two sons, the oldest of whom is a high-functioning adult with developmental disabilities.  

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but true to the teachings of this church, I desired and gained my own testimony of the truthfulness of the church, through prayerful study of the scriptures. I have an especially strong testimony that the Book of Mormon is scripture, and everything that it claims to be. I am grateful to Heavenly Father for revelation given to us through a modern-day prophet. 

How I live my faith

I am currently a visiting teacher, which is a service that I provide to watch over two or more women within the church. I listen, I help them with problems as I can, and I share in their griefs and joys. I also help teach a class once every three weeks for individuals who are investigating the church or new in the church. 

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Valerie
It is absolutely true! I am very sure of this fact. My Heavenly Father has told me, through his Holy Spirit, that Jesus Christ blessed the lives of people on the American continent, through his visit to them. He taught them, he healed their sick, he blessed their children, he performed miracles. These were the "other sheep" that Christ spoke of in John chapter 10 verse 16, and they did indeed hear his voice, as well as feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet. The gospel is for all nations on the face of the earth!    Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Valerie
We should have faith in Jesus Christ, who suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and died to pay the price for our sins, contingent upon our repentance, and then rose from the dead to make it possible to be resurrected, or to have our bodies reunited with our spirits, so that we can return to the presence of our Heavenly Father.  Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Valerie
Families are the very best place for children to be reared and taught principles that will help them to become productive and positive members of society. Within families, we are taught love, loyalty, and things that will help us to return to live with our Father in Heaven, as we live close to Him and His teachings.  Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Valerie
The temple is kind of like an institution of higher learning for the members of the church. It is the pinnacle of our religious experience, in which we make sacred covenants, or promises to God. In return, He makes promises to us, as well. It would not be appropriate for individuals who are not currently living the lesser tenants of religious law to promise God that they will keep higher laws, but all individuals are allowed and encouraged to participate as they become worthy to do so.  It is within the temple that we make covenants which if followed will allow us to live together forever as families, with our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ.  Show more Show less