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Hi I'm Valerie

I'm from Eagle, Idaho and am married to an exceptional man and am a mother of three of the best kids on the earth. I am a mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Idaho. I was raised in a wonderful LDS family who taught me about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho and then transferred to BYU where I finished my degree in Elementary Education. I spent a term in Jerusalem with the BYU study abroad and learned so much about the Savior's life. I received my mission call while in Jerusalem and opened my call while sitting on the Mount of Olives. I was called to serve in the Chicago, Illinois North Mission. I was called to serve in the English mission but upon arrival on my first day, they switched me to serve the Spanish people. It was a unique privilege but required great devotion and hard work. After completing my mission I came home and two weeks later was engaged to a great friend from High School. We were married and nine months later had our first son. After we both graduated from BYU we returned to Idaho and bought our first home. Three years after our son, we gave birth to a little girl. We loved being parents and having children and hoped to have many more. We have since experienced 10 years of infertility. In the meantime we adopted a little girl through LDS social services and enjoyed the miracle and blessing of adoption. We currently reside in Eagle, living on a little farm with a miniature horse, ten chickens, a rabbit, a large garden, large trees, and a creek running through the yard. We home school our children and enjoy spending our days together.

Why I am a Mormon

I have never doubted the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have always known it was true. It always felt right to me. My parents raised me in an environment of love, where I could feel the Spirit and helped me to desire to do the same for my own family. Now that I am older and have had more challenging experiences in life I can see how my love for the gospel has been an anchor in my life. Being a Mormon means following the example of Jesus Christ. It means keeping the commandments and finding hope in the promises that come in this life and the next. I'm a Mormon because it is a happy life. Not without struggle and trial, but a life of covenant and partnership with God. Having that partnership through covenant, is the anchor in life and brings all things we experience into proper perspective.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day by trying to think of Jesus Christ and what he would do and have me do each day. I pray about people who need help and try to follow the guidance that comes. I talk to my neighbors, invite them to functions, and get to know them. Within our church I am tasked with the responsibility to oversee the music. I choose the songs we sing at large meetings, coordinate choir numbers, try to promote others joining the choir. I also assist families who want to learn more about their family history. Tracking down where there relatives were, when and where they grew up. This is an important piece of helping individuals feel that they are a part of much bigger picture in God's family. I have responsibilities to look after certain women in our church group. We visit them each month and share of spiritual message from the scriptures. We extend friendship and support and help them know that someone is there for them. We are there for them in times of celebration and times of trial. And most importantly, I serve my children. I homeschool all of my children and work each day to help them feel inspired to learn and have a desire to go out into the world and contribute and make it a better place.