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Hi I'm Valerie

I love chocolate! I have 6 children and 6 grandchildren. I am an accountant and enjoy doing taxes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and am the youngest of 4 daughters. I married Tom in 1981 and we moved to Idaho to raise our 6 children. I enjoy reading, community theater, drawing house plans, preparing taxes and being a wife, mother and grandmother. I finished my accounting degree at BYU-Idaho when I was 45 years old. I love to eat chocolate, ride roller coasters, and text on my cell phone. I am new to Facebook. I have a cute little 49cc scooter that I love to ride around my neighborhood now that we are living in Palm Coast, FL.

Why I am a Mormon

I was searching for some meaning to life at 17 years of age. I was discouraged that God sent Moses to lead the ancient people, but no one to lead us in these days. I visited many churches searching for truth. The Elders found my friend and started teaching him. He invited me to listen to the lessons with him. As soon as I heard the missionaries discuss the concept of a living prophet to guide people in our day, I knew God had heard my prayers and had led me to find the truth I sought. In later discussions about families being sealed forever and the health law called the Word of Wisdom, I felt like I wasn't learning anything really new, but more like I was remembering something I already knew from long ago. I was baptized shortly after my 18th birthday. It was strange at first to hear people bear their testimonies and I was embarrassed to pray publicly, but soon it felt natural. I am ready to celebrate my 35th year of membership in the Lord's true church. Every good thing I enjoy in this life is a result of my membership in this church and my knowledge of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so grateful to Joseph Smith for having the courage to face such terrible adversity to proclaim the restoration of the gospel of Christ. Most people seek fame, fortune, glory or power and he endured the exact opposite because he could not and would not deny that he truly saw God the father and his son, Jesus Christ in the grove. The resurrected Lord lives and has restored his gospel on the earth. We have a living prophet to guide us this day. His name is Thomas S. Monson. He receives revelation from our Father in Heaven. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for sending his only son, Jesus Christ, to atone for my sins and show me the only path back to Him.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to grow while serving in the church. I have taught Sunday School for children and adults. I have taught the adult women in our organization called Relief Society. I have taught the youngest children ages 3-11 in Primary. I also have taught the girls ages 12-18 in our Young Women organization. It was fun to organize game nights and temple baptism outings for our Young Women and Young Men's groups, especially since I was able to serve while my youngest daughter was in the Young Women organization. I even teach religion classes called seminary to high school age youth early in the morning in my home. They come over at 6:45am, we have a 45-minute lesson and then I fix them breakfast and drive them to the nearby high school. Right now my husband is serving as the bishop of our ward, which means he is like a minister of the flock, but he is unpaid for his service, just like everyone else serving in our ward congregation. He stays really busy helping people. We visit members in the hospital or in their homes just to check up on them and make sure they have everything they need. I enjoy being his companion as he serves our ward. We attend the temple twice a month. All 4 of our older kids followed our example and married in the temple. Our youngest son is following the example of his 3 older brothers and is serving a 2-year mission for our church. He is in Argentina until April 2014. Hopefully after Tom is released as bishop we will serve a mission.