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Hi I'm Valerie

I'm a Mormon, a professor of political science, and a mom of eight.

About Me

 My husband and I are both converts to the LDS Church. We have eight children five sons and three daughters. I'm a professor of political science, and one of my research projects is on women and national security. I have also studied LDS doctrine concerning women.

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because I am a feminist. LDS doctrine teaches me that we have Heavenly Parents--a Father and a Mother. It also teaches me that Eve did not sin in the Garden of Eden rather, her choice was both wise and courageous. LDS doctrine teaches me that men and women stand before each other and before God as equals, and that marriage is to be an equal partnership.

How I live my faith

Our family prays together every day, and we sit and talk of things of the spirit every week. Our family enjoys attending Church together.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

 LDS doctrine preaches the equality of men and women. They are not the same, but they are absolutely equal. There cannot be a Heavenly Father without an equally divine and powerful Heavenly Mother by his side. Eve did not sin in the Garden of Eden, but made a wise and courageous decision to open the door to mortality for all of God's children. It is true that Mormon culture has not always lived up to the strong doctrine the Church preaches on these issues however, those parts of the culture at odds with the doctrine are being pruned away. The Church encourages women to get as much education as men--and not as a Plan B for their lives, but as a Plan A. We expect both fathers and mothers to be hands-on parents. We expect an absolutely equal partnership in marriage. The Church is the gift of the sons of God to our families, and motherhood is the gift of the daughters of God to our families. I thank God everyday that I was led to the Mormon faith, which permits me to understand who women are and how they are equals both in mortality and eternity with their brothers. Show more Show less