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Hi I'm Valerie

I am resilient. I carry hope in the face of adversity. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

A few years back our family weathered not one, but two successive floods that destroyed our home. We dug in and rebuilt over the course of two and a half years. However, we recently lost that home when our business failed. Shortly after, I found myself going through a painful divorce. As I’ve dealt with the occasional health issue or mourned over being separated from a child or two, I can’t help but think of Job from the Old Testament. In these moments when I feel like everything has been taken away from me I recognize I still have command over one essential element….my attitude! I choose to be happy, grateful and optimistic in spite of my circumstances, and that has made all the difference.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because my personal relationship with Jesus Christ and faith in His atonement is what makes it possible for me to live my life in peace in a world of chaos. The teachings and practices of my faith foster this personal relationship through such rites as partaking of the sacrament at church each week. The sacrament reminds me of the covenants and promises I have made with God at baptism and the promises He has made with me, and it helps center me on the atonement. Also, whenever I worship in one of our Holy Temples I feel especially close to God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Finally, I am a Mormon because of the Book of Mormon. I know it is true because each time I read it I find very specific guidance and direction for my life on practically every page. As I have applied these instructions from the Lord, my life has been blessed immeasurably. Every time I read it I might get something different even from the same passage, merely because the circumstances of my life have changed. That is the power of the book combined with the power of God’s love for each of His children. I am so thankful to have a testimony of both principles in my life!

How I live my faith

My favorite way to live my faith is through my service as a visiting teacher. A partner and I have the privilege of meeting in the homes of a few other women on a regular basis and sharing an uplifting message as well as sharing in their joys and sorrows, and serving them as needed. My experience has always been fortunate in that we have the added blessing of becoming friends. Whether they have been 18 or 80, I believe we learn from each other and grow to love one another. Over the years we have done laundry together, gardened, exercised, studied the scriptures, babysat, played games, double-dated, gone out to lunch, done genealogy and laughed and cried together. I have been so thankful for the opportunity to have been given stewardship over a few of the other women in the congregation. Service and sharing life’s experiences are the best ways to make lasting friendships.