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Hi I'm Valerie

I'm a teacher at home, by profession, and as a senior missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Besides being a mother and grandmother, I enjoy learning new things and trying new things such as birdwatching and mango bread and my smartphone. After reading my scriptures each morning, I wish I could go hiking every day in Kolob Canyon but now that I am a senior missionary in Massachusetts with my husband, assigned to work with young single adults, I spend time walking, teaching, cooking, planning and attending family home evening with energetic young people, praying about my church responsibility and family members back home.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a Mormon in the beginning because I honor my parents by following their examples and beliefs. Later, I found great strength of my own through following the standards and practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including daily prayer and scripture study, visiting those who are in need of my help, accepting assignments to teach or lead a group within the Church, studying and praying about how Joseph Smith received an answer to his prayer about which church to join. Great joy is mine when I see my children and grandchildren also finding their way within these beliefs and sharing them with their friends. I invite anyone to try living one of our doctrines and notice how your life changes for the better, the best test of any practice.

How I live my faith

For the twelve months we are away from our home as church volunteers in Massachusetts, we are working with 18-30 year old single members who are either attending college in the area or working. We attend services with them on Sunday, religious instruction on Tuesday nights, and gather together in a setting where we serve as "grandparents" to 18 to 25 of them for food, fun, and family on Thursday nights, and encourage them to stay close to Heavenly Father always as they participate in social activities or service activities on weekends. A recent assignment we had as a group was to clean our church building and to shovel the walks when it snows. We gathered supplies at Christmas time for a class of teenagers in a special program and plan to do that for a homeless shelter in our area this spring. Besides that we have some lovely families to visit each month with whom we share a spiritual message and learn about their particular challenges and how we or others in our church might help them with finding a job or someone to make a home repair or a ride to the doctor's office. We think to ourselves, what would Jesus do? And we try to do it because we love what He has done for us.

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

The 10% donation we make to the Church is called the law of the tithe and it fits nicely into the category of a religious practice that makes my life so much better having always resulted in direct blessings I receive from making this sacrifice. I sincerely endorse it as a privilege and opportunity for prioritizing financial responsibility as well as spiritual commitment for my family and me. Show more Show less