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Hi I'm Venessa

I'm a native of Arizona. I am a school board member, politically engaged mom of 3 boys and wife to one super supportive hubby.

About Me

I am busily engaged and committed to my family, community and State. I am a runner, former Biology teacher, School Board member and passionate about education. I love knowing that I can make a difference in my community and in the lives of children with whom I serve. I taught in inner city Philly and truly learned that we are all of God's children and all have the ability to learn, grow and become followers of Christ. This is where I knew my pasison developed and it has coninued to allow me to grow as well as help others along the way. I work with education policy and am constantly researching and implementing for ways to better improve the education for the students in our State. I love to teach, I love to learn and I love to see my own children learn and grow. I am politically active in local and state politics and enjoy spending time and communicating with constituents. I love my family, my three boys and love to stay active with them. I love to travel, read travel magazines and plan out our adventures!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon becasue I know I will be reunited with my daughter who came into this world for a short time and returned to her Father in Heaven. I am a Mormon because I know families will be forever. I am a Mormon because my faith is what keeps me motivated to stay on the journey back to my Heavenly Father and Heavenly Family. I am a Mormon because I know my prayers are heard and answered. I am a Mormon because I know miracles exist. I am a Mormon because I know my Father in Heaven loves me.

How I live my faith

I do take my place in the world but not necessarily of the world. I try to live my faith by understanding every individual is a Child of God, and each one of us are in our own unique journey back to our Heavenly Father. Our Father in Heaven knows our journey and is always beside us along the way. I also understand that I am the Lord's hands here on earth and can help and lift his children around me. I strive to have more empathy for those around me and those I serve. I try understand that everyone of us faces unique challenges and trials and respect evryone on their journey to come closer to their Father in Heaven. I try to teach my children Christ-like attributes and model them too. I live by trying to be more like Christ so I can come closer to him.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

It is important to be self-reliant. I feel safe and confident knowing that I can provide for my family in case of an emergency. This is one way to show love for your family and those around you. I want ot be able to protect my family and care for their needs, no matter the circumstance. I lived back east for a couple of years and experienced couple of severe snowstorms. I felt relieved that I did not have to fight the crowds at the grocery and home improvement stores. We were prepared with freezer foods and and other food storage items and could wait out the storm for a few days, if not weeks. I know this example will help teach my boys to be self-reliant as well. I was able to ahre this expereince with my co-workers and they were motivated to implement three day emergency kits and extra supplies. Show more Show less