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Hi I'm Valden

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired US Air Force officer, retiring after 20 years service. I spent most of my Air Force career as a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. After retiring from the Air Force I worked as a private investigator for almost 20 years, sold my business and retired again. During college and prior to receiving my commission in the Air Force, I served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Central America where I learned to speak, read and write Spanish fluently. While in the Air Force, I attended Portuguese language training prior to an assignment in Portugal. My wife and I have 6 children and 18 grandchildren scattered over the United States. Four of our children and four of their spouses also served missions for the Church, 7 of them in foreign countries. Therefore, we have 7 family members who, in addition to English, speak 4 other languages fluently.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born of Mormon parents and ancestors going back 4 and 5 generations. All 4 of my grandparents spent their youths in the Mormon colonies of northern Mexico and met their spouses there. My father grew up in those colonies where he attended a Church sponsored school. Both my parents served missions for the Church. So I am a Mormon by birth and ancestry. However, I have continued as a member of the Church because I sought and received my own personal witness from the Holy Spirit of the truthfulness of the Church. Although I have always felt that the Church is, in fact, the Church which Jesus Christ himself established and He himself has restored to the earth, I believe I have not done so solely because that's what my parents and grandparents expected of me but because of my own seeking to obtain a personal witness of its truthfulness. The certainty of this witness has been repeatedly verified and strengthened by service as a missionary, service in various callings in the Church and through continuous personal efforts to recertify and solidify that witness through my own experiences. I can unequivocally say I know this Church and the gospel it teaches come directly from Jesus Christ through living prophets and that He personally directs the work of the Church today through those prophets. I invite all who read this to seek the same assurances from the same source through which I have gained that certainty. Ask God, for He is the only one who can give you that assurance. I promise you He will answer you if you ask with real intent and faith that He will respond.

How I live my faith

The best way I know of to live my faith is to look for opportunities to help those around me. I strive to do that in my neighborhood by looking for ways I can be of service to my neighbors, such as clearing snow from driveways and sidewalks, helping in emergency situations, loaning tools and my pick-up when they may be useful, and helping with moves. I love teaching about the gospel. In my church assignments, I frequently visit other members of our congregation in their homes to strengthen their commitments and help them obtain the same witness I have obtained. My wife and I serve by special assignment in the Spokane, Washington Temple of the Church where we enjoy training others to serve in the temple and helping those who come there to receive special instruction, perform sacred ordinances and make sacred covenants. To learn more about our temples and what happens there, please visit http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/topic/temples.