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Hi I'm Sabrina Valdez

I'm a writer, a photographer, a DJ, a musician, and a big sister. I'm very much a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California. I'm the second oldest, with two brothers and two sisters. My family is a quirky bunch of musicians and entrepreneurs who get by on collaborative ventures in the wedding business and road trips to sunny places. I love writing, singing, jamming, dancing, longboarding, thrift stores, ice cream, and the beach. I graduated from college with a degree in creative writing and a minor in photography. I aspire to be a published novelist, a wedding photographer, and a part-time waitress all at once. From August 2013 to February 2015, I will be serving as a missionary for the church in the Mississippi Jackson Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Yes, I was born into the church. But being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was still a choice. It always has been. My conversion occurred little by little, as I realized first that Jesus Christ really did live and does live, and truly does love me and know me. Following this was the realization that I have a Father in Heaven that also lives and loves me and wants me to be everything I can be - even as He is. This church provides everything that a person needs to reach optimum potential in this life, and prepare to continue to do so in the next. This church helps me prepare for eternity and be extremely happy in the meantime, here on Earth. My questions of why - why do bad things happen, why do good things happen, why has the Lord asked so much of me - are always answered with one word: love. Heavenly Father's love for me is manifest in all that happens to me; He wants me to grow. He wants me to be happy. And every question of how is answered in two words: Jesus Christ. His example and His teachings and His church today are the way to happiness, today and in the eternities. I chose to be happy. I chose to be Mormon.

How I live my faith

I worked as a mobile DJ for a few years, and performed at both LDS and non-LDS events. In comparing the two, I was consistently reminded of how peculiar a people Latter Day Saints really are because of our conservative standards for music, dancing, and conduct in general, and how blessed I am to be one of them. At school, I encountered a lot of writers who would write to entertain. It would be very easy to use the language and content that the world would buy in order to advance my career, but I try my best to use my talents and skills to write pure and uplifting literature to promote moral living and family values and to bless lives, not just to entertain. Above all, I strive to reflect my faith in the way I treat other people. I don't claim to be perfect, but I do understand that all human beings are children of a loving God, and that they deserve to be treated as such. Through daily prayer and scripture study, I invite the Holy Ghost to attend me so that I might keep my Savior in my thoughts and have the patience and charity to treat those around me with the kindness and understanding that He would. As previously stated, for 18 months I will be living my faith by serving a mission, sharing my knowledge of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and strengthening my own testimony of its truthfulness.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Sabrina Valdez
Talk to Him. Then listen to His response. It's so much more simple than many people realize. You get to know Him by speaking with him through prayer. You can hear his response by reading the scriptures and words of the prophets. His love is everywhere, both in written word and in the little ways He blesses your life every day - those are my favorites. And the more you heed his word and keep his commandments, the more you will see those blessings to help you continue. This relationship starts with a desire, of course. If you want to know your Father, you would do as He as asked, and He will make himself known to you. He is your Father, after all. You knew Him once, so if anything this is more of a "catching up" than a "getting to know you" anyway! Show more Show less