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Hi I'm Val

I love to laugh. I love to garden. I love my husband. I love the Lord. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married to the love of my life. I dated a lot of guys before I met him and it was well worth it! We both enjoy the outdoors, sports, and laughing. We recently ran a half marathon (13.1 miles) together, which we still can't believe we did. Life isn't always easy being married, but as we work together we lift each other up when the other gets discouraged. It's such a strength and comfort having him by my side. As for just me, I'm really into two things--art and gardening. Recently I've been blending the two as I try designing some of my first landscapes. They look good on paper, but only time will tell if they are successful. I try to make everything I do look beautiful. As my father-in-law pointed out, I even tend to arrange the food on my plate so that it looks appealing. Ha! I guess I just can't help it.

Why I am a Mormon

I've experienced life with and without the gospel of Jesus Christ, and with is always better. Don't get me wrong, being a Mormon is not easy. We are striving to follow Jesus and He never took the easy road. When I say better, I'm talking about life being fulfilling and sweet. Because of the gospel I've learned to work hard and do what is right. Having high morals and staying true to them makes me happy. I have fewer regrets in life because of the way I live according to the gospel. Because of the gospel I know that when I do make a mistake that I regret, I can come unto Christ and ask for a change of my heart and forgiveness. We all make mistakes, but when we truly repent we learn and grow from our mistakes. I know that is why Christ came and died for all of us. He loves us. He wants us to succeed in this life and the next and He has prepared a path for us all to do just that. Because of the gospel I know who I am, why I'm here on earth, and that death is not the end. I am a child of our Heavenly Father. He placed me here on earth to grow and learn through the trials of life. He has put all of us in families here on earth to learn to be like Him. I know that my family will continue in the next life if we live righteously. My sweetest experiences in life have been with my family, so it rings true in my heart that families continue after death. When death inevitably affects me through loved ones or myself, it's not so scary. It's still no fun at all to be separated from loved ones, but when I know there is a loving Heavenly Father and Jesus on the other side, as well as other loved ones, it comforts me. Because of the gospel I know that God still has prophets here on the earth today just as He did in the times of the holy scriptures. Prophets are given to the world to testify of Christ as special witnesses. They warn us and teach us through revelation from the Lord. Their words are modern day scripture to me. I know that Joseph Smith is a p

How I live my faith

I read the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon and the words of the prophet. They all teach principles I try my best to live. One principle is charity. I look for opportunities to help those around me, just as Christ did. This last winter I saw the opportunity to help an older gentleman in the parking lot of the grocery store. I was heading out to my car to go home when I saw him slowly walking up the row of cars. Just another person getting groceries, I thought. It was really cold, windy, and about to snow or rain so I hurried to my car. By the time I had put my groceries in my car and jumped in to turn on the heat, I noticed him walking back down that same row of cars. I looked closer and saw that he didn't have a coat on and he looked confused. As I watched a little longer from my warm car, it became pretty obvious that he was lost. My first thought was that someone should help him. However, as I watched person after person hurry past the man through the cold to a warm store or vehicle, I felt prompted that that “someone” needed to be me. The man had wandered up and down the rows of cars several times in the cold since I had noticed him, and who knows how many times before that. I pulled up beside him and rolled down my window. I simply asked him if he needed any help. He answered that he couldn't seem to find his car, but that he was okay. He looked really cold and confused, so I persisted. "Hop in and I'll drive you around until we find your car. It's freezing out there!" He asked if I was sure. He didn't want to inconvenience anyone. I reassured him that it was all right, and he got in. After asking what his car looked like, I started to drive around the parking lot. Several rows over from where he had been looking, we were able to finally find his car. He thanked me and got in his car and drove away. As I pulled out of the parking lot bitter cold sleet started to pound my windshield. I was so thankful that I had followed the prompting to help the man when I did.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is ANOTHER testament of Jesus Christ. I've had friends that thought the Book of Mormon replaced the Holy Bible in our church, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. We read and study the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon together. They are cross referenced a ton and support each other. I find it so helpful while studying the scriptures to be able to go to both the Bible and the Book of Mormon to increase my understanding of the gospel principles. And most importantly I can learn more about my Savior Jesus Christ and how to follow Him. Show more Show less