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Hi I'm Valerie

I'm a singer and a dancer. I love to read and run. I'm a mom of two kids, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Southern California and grew to love the sunshine and warm weather. I went to college at Brigham Young University in Utah to study Communications and loved every minute of it--except when it snowed :) Before I graduated, I served a performing mission in Nauvoo, Illinois, which is where the early Latter-day Saints lived and built a temple before moving to the Salt Lake Valley. For four months, all I did every day was sing, dance and talk about the Saints in Nauvoo, which helped me gain a deeper appreciation of our pioneers' legacy. My own testimony of the gospel was also strengthened as I acted out their stories and had to rely on my own faith to get me through some unbearably hot summer days along the Mississippi River in full period costume! After my mission I returned to BYU and met my husband. After dating for a few months, we both prayed and felt that we should get married. That was the best decision of my life. Four years later, we have two children, and besides each other, there is nothing else we treasure more.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church, but I struggled with my testimony as a youth. It wasn't until I served my mission that I gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and gained a full appreciation for the gospel of Jesus Christ. I wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was true, so one day I just got on my knees and asked. I don't think I'd ever done that, or if I had, I'd never wanted it as much as I did at that moment. As I was praying, I was filled with a feeling of warmth and peace and I knew it was my Heavenly Father telling me that the Book of Mormon was true. After that, I remember feeling so happy - I went on a run that morning with some of my companions and I couldn't stop smiling and saying hello to everyone who was out. I knew the Book of Mormon was true, and I wanted to share it with anyone I could! Today, I am filled with peace and happiness whenever I make righteous choices, and that's why I'm a Mormon. The gospel of Jesus Christ makes me a happier, more loving person, and I wouldn't trade anything to feel that peace and joy every day.

How I live my faith

I currently work with the young women of the church in my area. I help plan and attend weekly activities, and I teach gospel lessons on Sundays. I love working with the young women because it's encouraging to me that, despite what the media says, there are youth who dress modestly, speak kindly and do good things for other people in our world today. I also serve as a visiting teacher to two other women in the church, which means I visit with them and help them in any way I can. Once a month I have a formal visit with them and share a short gospel message. Visiting teaching is a fun way to get to know other women and make friends. I always feel like I learn so much from them, even though I'm supposed to be the "teacher." Lastly, I love to contribute to my congregation by singing in the choir and doing other musical numbers during our Sunday meetings. Singing is one of my favorite ways to share my testimony, so I try to sing any opportunity I can.