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Hi I'm VelDean

I'm an author, a single mom, a grandmother, a marketing communications professional, a community volunteer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a single mother of four married daughters and three grandchildren. I was married for 25 years when I became divorced. My family moved from Utah to Georgia when I was a teenager, and I have lived most of my adult life in the greater Atlanta area. I have a BA degree from BYU and a Master's Degree from Georgia State University. I have worked on the exec level in two large non-profit organizations and as a national marcom manager in the US subsidiary of an Israeli company. I have also worked as a consultant in a boutique consulting firm focused on management consulting, strategic influence planning and competitive intelligence. I am now a professional life coach. For many years I have enjoyed singing in several different choirs. I also love to dance, although I have never been formally trained. I have a passion for learning and love to read -- especially in personal development, leadership, communications, and some business topics. When I read novels, I find that I often want to keep reading until I finish -- even when it means reading late into the night. Travel is an area of great interest. I have had the chance to travel to China and through a lot of the U.S and Caribbean, but I have not seen nearly enough of the world yet! Volunteering on a civic level is something I love. I was a Rotarian for over 7 years, and have volunteered now with Atlanta Community Consulting Teams for 5 years, helping non-profit organizations with business/marketing projects.

Why I am a Mormon

One might think that since I was born into a family with generations of members of the LDS Church that that is the reason I am a Mormon. But, I am a strongly committed member of the Church for many personal reasons. First, I have studied the gospel for many years and have sincerely prayed about whether the doctrines taught in the LDS Church are true. I have received a rich confirmation of the truth that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. I love studying all of the scriptures. I have read the Book of Mormon thoroughly many times, and find it to add richness and depth of understanding about my relationship to my Father in Heaven, to my Savior, Jesus Christ, and a closeness to the Holy Ghost. I know it is the word of God. I have a testimony that Joseph Smith led the restoration of Christ's pure gospel and His authority to the earth and that the Church is led by living prophets in our day. Second, living the gospel has brought a depth of joy and peace to my life. I have been through some very challenging things in my life -- divorce, unemployment, financial challenges, occasional depression, challenges with children -- but the gospel and my faith provided a constant bedrock and an underlying peace that helped me weather the storms and the difficulties that are part of our mortal existence. Third, my understanding of the Gospel continues to give me an eternal perspective. It helps me make sense of the world when things may seem chaotic. It gives me a pattern to live my life that brings me joy and satisfaction and reminds me what things are of most value, of most worth. I am grateful that my life began with a family that had the gospel through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but my commitment to my faith, to making choices consistent with the gospel, and to adhering to the principles and covenants of the gospel is based on what I have found to be the fruits of actually living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Living my faith has offered me so many opportunities throughout my life. I have had the chance to teach gospel classes to adults, to youth through early morning seminary, to work with the young women in the church at all different age levels, and to teach children. I have also had the chance to work for many years in local and regional Church public affairs, where I have helped to build bridges of understanding between the Church and the community at large. I have been a volunteer in the Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL Temples for a total of over 11 years. This has helped me be of service to both the living and to those who have died without an opportunity to learn of Jesus Christ and the fullness of His gospel. When in the Temple, I feel a calm and peaceful spirit and a keen sense of Heavenly Father's love for each of His children. It amazes me -- that He can have created worlds without end, but I feel the power of His love for each individual. On a personal level, I live my faith as I look at those around me -- whether walking across a college campus, while driving through Beijing and seeing millions of people, or in a small community group -- and see the divine in those around me. I have a desire to live an honest and ethical life and I know that God's standards do not change or waver with the times or the social mores. He is the same yesterday, today and forever, and He gives us laws and commandments to guide us into the ways that lead to happiness and an abundance of life. Because I am a fallible human being, I make mistakes. Sometimes large -- more often small and perhaps unintended. But I live my faith as I strive to overcome those mistakes, learn and grow, and try to become better day by day. I am grateful for the doctrine of repentance, through which I can become clean and whole, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ that makes it all possible.