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Hi I'm Valerie Lloyd Binnie

I am a wife and the mother of four, I am a school teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Colorado, but now live in Arizona with my husband and four children. I have been married to my best friend for over 20 years, and our oldest son is now serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My other three children range in age from 17-13, so life is never boring. I attended Brigham Young University until I got married and when my youngest child started kindergarten I went back to school to earn my bachelors degree in education from Northern Arizona University. I currently teach 2nd grade and absolutely love my job. The thing I love most about teaching is when you have a student who has worked and worked to learn a certain concept, or to learn to read, and when they finally catch on, or they sound out a word by themselves for the first time..there is a light in their eyes that is undeniable, and it's fabulous! When I'm not teaching, I love to spend my "spare" time watching my children in any of the six different sports that they participate in (golf, football, softball, volleyball, track, and basketball). Life is never dull, and at times a challenge, but it's my life, and I'm grateful for the "challenges" the Lord has blessed me with.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS faith and I'm very grateful for my pioneer heritage. As a child and teenager, I don't think I had truly been "converted," but I watched the time and energy my parents and grandparents gave to the church and I trusted that they wouldn't lead me astray. I went to church because that's what we did, and I am so grateful for the example of my parents. I'll never forget that first Sunday when I was at college and my parents weren't around to see if I went to church or not, that was the point when I had to decide for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true. I had leaned on my parent's testimonies long enough, now I had to put forth the effort to know for myself. I did read the Book of Mormon with an open heart. I had read it as a youngster in seminary and with my family, but this time I was reading it for myself, and I was reading to KNOW for myself of it's truthfulness. I did ask my Heavenly Father in earnest prayer if the things I was reading were true, and I cannot deny the feeling I had come over my whole body and soul. I knew my prayer was heard, and I knew the church was true. I've felt that feeling many times in my life, and I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and hears my prayers. I know I have an elder brother who is Jesus Christ, and he died for me on the cross. I cannot fully comprehend the atonement or the love my Savior has for me, but I know it's real. My life has not always been easy, and there are times when I want to throw my arms in the air and just scream "I give up!" It's at those times when my testimony of the gospel and the plan of salvation carry me on. I know there is a plan, and I know my Father in Heaven knows us all and loves each of his children, and we will live with Him and our loved ones again, and that is why I'm a Mormon. It's true, pure and simple, and I'd be lost without it.

How I live my faith

This is a hard question because my faith is who I am, and I don't know how I would live without it, I don't know what my life would look like without the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I do go to church each week and I strive to keep the Sabbath Day holy, but that's not where my religion stops. I live my faith every day, every step I take, every conversation I participate in. Hopefully, I live my faith by being the very best I can be. I do make mistakes-lots of them, but I live my faith by daily bending on my knees and praying for forgiveness and direction. In my church calling I serve the women of our church, and try to find ways to help those in need. I go visiting each month to three specific ladies in my congregation, but we are a sisterhood that is always trying to serve and grow together. I live my faith by reading my scriptures each day and having prayer morning and night. We try to get our family together for scriptures daily, but even if that falls through, we do have family prayer together. I live my religion by loving my family through good and bad, and always looking for direction from our church leaders.