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Hi I'm Verla.

I teach driver's education to teens and adults from all over the world here in WA, USA and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

We are all about family. While I gave birth to 5 children (3 daughters and 2 sons) I have been a mother to many other children who have lived in our home. This was not through the traditional means of foster care but children who nevertheless needed a place to stay for awhile, ranging from weeks to years. They were usually friends of our children as they were growing up. After that period our open house policy changed to adults. A mother with children that needed a temporary place while in transition in her life. A young man who was being released from prison and needed a place while he got a job and his new life together. Along the way there have been siblings for a short time, and then both of our mothers. My mother eventually bought the house next door along with my sister and my husband built a house on our back lot for his mother. Presently, we are raising a nephew whose parents are deceased. All of this has helped us to learn how to live and love others. My husband and his family are not LDS, as my children and I are, but we love all unconditionally.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My parents were/are members, as were my grandparents. Some of my ancestors go all the way back to the beginning of the church and personally knew the prophets Joseph Smith and Brigham Young and others during their time. There have been those whom have questioned me about the validity of those great men's testimonies and actions. Although I did not know them personally my ancestors did, and bore testimony of them in their own words, of which I have a record. I love to read their testimonies and know that I feel very much the same about the gospel as they did. No matter how you come in contact with the gospel, if you read the scriptures and pray about it, the Holy Ghost will confirm to you personally the truth of it so that you, too, can gain your own testimony.

How I live my faith

I have taught all age levels over the years from preschoolers to teens, to adults in public school and in church settings . I especially love music, and although I do not play an instrument, I love to sing. I also have a love of service to the elderly and those with special needs, whom I visit often. One of my best friends, though she feels like family, is 93 years old. In fact most people think that we are related because we are together so much. I also love my mother-in-law who lived with us for 3 years. She is in her 80's and even though she does not share my religion, she has a good heart. I don't know why some mother-in-laws get such a bad rap. I try to be a good example of a follower of Jesus Christ. That is a life-long process.