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Hi I'm Veronique

I'm a wife, I'm a Mother, I'm Dutch, I'm a runner and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and a mother of four children. Our oldest daughter passed away just over a year ago at 9 1/2. Our son is 8, and we have two girls, 5 years old and 2 years old. Motherhood has brought the greatest joy and the deepest sorrow I have ever known. I try every day to follow the counsel of God’s prophet Thomas S. Monson “find joy in the journey”. Some days it’s easier than others. I had always wanted to be a mother but never imagined it would be quite like it’s been. Motherhood has brought amazing experiences of growth and opportunity. Our oldest daughter was born with cerebral palsy and was severely disabled both mentally and physically. Taking care of her was part of everyday life. It was not always easy but it was never a burden, it was true joy. I am passionate about my family, they are number one. I love to run, it’s a time for me think through life. I've run a marathon and several half-marathons and find it exhilarating. Our bodies are amazing gifts that we have been given. I love the outdoors, it feels good to be in the world that was created for us. I was born in the Netherlands, which is where my family is from. We moved around a lot while I was growing up for my Fathers work. It was an enriching experience, particularly because without having moved around I would not have come in contact with the Church when I did. I love to travel and hope to be able to visit and experience many more countries during my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I first heard about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was in High School while living in Frankfurt, Germany. I was boarding with a family that was members of the church. They invited me to attend church with them. While there I met several friends from school that were members of the church. They invited me to attend one of the week-night youth activities and later to an early morning scripture class. I admired these friends because they lived their religion. There were no pretenses; they didn't expect me to be something that I wasn't. I felt comfortable and accepted by them. Their conviction of the things that they believed is what drew me to a desire to know for myself the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As I learned the principles of the gospel and studied the Book of Mormon it was not as though I was learning anything new but as though I was remembering things that I had already known. I was not baptized until a few years later but I continued to attend church and early morning scripture class and youth activities and looked forward to the time that I could be baptized. The day I was baptized was a day I had anticipated for a long time. My decision to be baptized has been one of the greatest I have ever made. It has brought into my life the greatest joy imaginable. I have been blessed with a wonderful husband with whom I have four children. I am a Mormon because I know this is Jesus Christ's Church restored to the earth and through the principles and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ I can be with my family forever.

How I live my faith

I try to live a Christ centered life. I attend church each Sunday with my family. As a family we have daily family prayer. We read the scripture together as a family each morning. I strive to serve others and love others. These things bring me joy and are the ways I belief God wants me to live my faith.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

As a teenager I was given the following quote by President Ezra Taft Benson, a former prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; "Young women, the Book of Mormon will change your life. It will fortify you against the evils of our day. It will bring a spirituality into your life that no other book will. It will be the most important book you will read in preparation for life’s challenges. A young woman who knows and loves the Book of Mormon, who has read it several times, who has an abiding testimony of its truthfulness, and who applies its teachings will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil and will be a mighty tool in the hands of the Lord." I was deeply moved by that and wanted to experience those promises in my life. I made the commitment then to read the Book of Mormon. I can testify that those promises are true. Reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible and other scriptures has strengthened me, I have been able to have strength amidst the challanges of life. Show more Show less