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Hi I'm Veva

I'm a mother, wife, Division 1 basketball player, America's Got Talent finalist, dance teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 26 years old, married with one little girl, and a baby boy on the way. Throughout high school I was involved in a variety of sports, and dance. After high school, I was lucky enough to go to college with a full ride basketball scholarship. While at college, I met my husband and was married. After college I taught sophomore English for two years, and coached until my baby girl arrived. After my baby girl was born, I decided to be a stay at home mom and dance instructor on the side. A few years ago, my sisters and I decided to audition for Americas' Got Talent, and we were fortunate enough to make it to the finals. Now, I am blessed to be able to stay at home with my babies, teach a little dance on the side, dance with my sisters, and be a wife for my husband, and a mommy for my children.

Why I am a Mormon

Some people think that the reason I'm a Mormon, is because I was born into a Mormon family. However, this simply isn't the case. Yes, I was born into a Mormon family, but this did not determine my decision to continue to be a Mormon. While growing up, I began to question the church, and decided that it was time for me to find out for myself if what I had learned all my life was true. I began to study the scriptures diligently and to pray earnestly. I wanted to know if what I had learned about the Prophet Joseph Smith was true. My answer didn't come instantly, but when it came it came with power. I went on a church history tour to Nauvoo, a place where the early Latter Day Saints lived. While there, we visited Carthage Jail, the place Joseph Smith was martyed. Within those walls, my answer about The Church of Jesus Christ was given. As the people there spoke of Joseph Smith, my body tingled all over and the greatest joy and peace filled my heart and I KNEW that Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith was INDEED a prophet of God, and that Jesus Christ and God the Father had indeed visited Joseph Smith and called him to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I knew that the Book of Mormon was true, and that this Church was true. Throughout my life, I've received this witness over and over again. After receiving such a witness, I felt as many have felt before, "This is true, and I will do whatever God asks me to do because it is true." Living a Mormon life requires work and sacrifice, but it is worth it. I honestly feel true happiness everyday, and I know it is because of my decision to continue being a faithful Mormon.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I live my faith in a number of ways: Right now, I am in the Primary Presidency, where I help direct 32 teachers to teach children from 3 years old to 11 years old. On Sunday, we arrive, set up the room, and then teach a small lesson to those 100 children about our Savior Jesus Christ. After a short meeting with us, those children leave with their teachers to learn more. Throughout the month, we visit some of the children and attend their baptisms, and we try and help any child that may be struggling at the time. Currently, I'm also a visiting teacher. Which means, I am assigned a teaching companion and 2-3 women to visit every month. It is an opportunity to visit with other women in the ward, get to know them, talk to them about any struggles they are having at the time, prepare meals for them if they are sick, and be a friend. In previous years, I've been involved with the youth, young women ages 16-18 year old. With these young ladies, I would teach a lesson every week and meet once a week to do an activity with them. We encouraged them, emphasized their individual worth, taught about our Savior, and helped them through those difficult teenage years. In the past, I've gone to different schools to help kids after school, I've donated money to the homeless, I've gone and helped homeless children get new school clothes, I've cleaned up trash from roadways, I've helped elderly weed their gardens, I've taken dinner to new mothers, I've performed at a number of benefit concerts where the money was raised for the community's needs, and I've collected and bought Christmas gifts for children in need. How I live my faith is a direct testimony to what I feel about the gospel of Jesus Christ, and a testimony of what our Savior Jesus Christ has asked us to do: feed his sheep.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Veva
Faith in Jesus Christ greatly influences us because it is this Faith that allows marriage, family relationships, and friendships to be successful. Every marriage, relationship, or friendship takes something called work. An individual must work on being unselfish, and work on weaknesses that tend to hurt a marriage, relationship, or friendship. Without such faith in our Savior, some might not find such work worth the effort, but with this faith one sees the overall picture and sees that such work is worth the end prize. Through our faith in Jesus Christ, one can overcome these unselfish tendencies and weaknesses. With faith in Jesus Christ being a common belief that is valued, individuals can act in accordance to what Jesus Christ taught: to love one another! Such a commitment to our Savior helps individuals overcome difficulties that would most likely damage these important relationships. A shared faith uplifts, inspires, and binds these relationships making them even stronger. Show more Show less