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Hi I'm Valerie Mangum

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Episcopal faith, but my best friend in high school was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I decided to attend Brigham Young University and was baptized during my freshman year. That was 22 years ago. Now, I'm a stay-at-home mom with 4 fabulous, if not exhausting, children. My oldest is almost 16, my youngest is 6. I have a college degree and worked for 10 years for a state government agency before becoming a stay-at-home mom. I love to take walks, read the books my kids are reading for school, and play games with my family. My husband of almost 18 years is in the ARMY. He went active-duty 7 years ago and we have been able to live in 3 different states so far. I've decided I love moving around because every time it is a new adventure with new experiences and new friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me feel happy. I know that I lived with Heavenly Father before coming to this earth. I know that He hand-picked me to be a member of the family I was sent to. I know that He hand-picked the children that have been sent to me. I take great comfort in knowing that things don't just happen, but that Heavenly Father has a plan for everyone, and everything. I did not grow up in the Mormon church, I was baptized when I was 18. At the time, I "felt" it was the right thing to do. Now I "know" it was the right thing to do. Over the past 22 years the gospel of Jesus Christ has been my greatest comfort, my greatest joy, my greatest strength. It encompasses my life with happiness. This truly is Christ's church, I know this without a doubt, because I live it every day.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying everyday to do what the Savior wants me to do. One of the greatest gifts I have is time. Time that I use to volunteer in my 1st grader's class each week. Time to prepare lessons & activities to teach to the 14-16 year old girls in our congregation. Time to pray and read the scriptures. Time to visit with those who need a friend. It would be easy to watch TV, or spend hours on the computer, or go shopping - but I know that's not what Heavenly Father has given me this time for. It's to serve Him by strengthening myself spiritually and then going out and doing all I can to serve others.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Valerie Mangum
Everything we have is given to us by the Lord. If he has blessed us with the opportunity to earn an income, then the best way we can show our gratitude for this blessing is to give a portion of that income back to the Lord for use in furthering the work of His church and blessing others. If someone cooked & served me a delicious meal would I eat it alone. No, I would share it with the generous person who prepared it. Show more Show less