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Hi I'm Valerie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi I'm Valerie! I am from the beautiful evergreen state of Washington, and I am currently serving a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Colorado Springs! I find I'm often stuck in the wrong time period. My wardrobe consists of fashions from the twenties through the early sixties. I spend way too much time watching old black and white movies with the fabulous Cary Grant, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire and all those other dapper gentlemen as the stars. I often ask myself "What would Audrey do?" or you'll find me among the flowerbeds absorbed in a Jane Austen novel. I collect vintage copies of all of my favorite books (Jane Eyre, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, The Scarlet Pimpernel, etc.) I dream of living in a dazzlingly beautiful Victorian home, with all of the furniture to fit the style. Essentially, anything before the 1970's steals my heart. I play classical piano, I have a rocky relationship with Beethoven (we're both such emotional people prone to moodiness), no love lost with Bach (I do not have a love for technical music), Chopin and I are good friends, and I find most other composers I thoroughly enjoy. I Highland Dance, and I absolutely love it. Whether or not you think you're hearing a squashed goose when you hear the sound of a bag pipe, there is something soul comforting in it for me and I can't stop my feet from starting to jig. I love daisies and I love the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My dad's family had been members for generations, and my mom's parents converted when she was a little girl. I was blessed to have been raised in the church and for the teachings to have always been so familiar to me. I trusted my parents implicitly, and so for my whole childhood until high school it was never a question for me whether the church was right. My freshman year of high school changed everything. I was laying in bed one night, and for whatever reason I suddenly began to doubt, and it scared me. I didn't know if God loved me or if there even was a God,and if I doubted that then how could the rest of it be true? I got out of bed and kneeled down and pleaded with Heavenly Father to let me know if He was there. A few moments later I was overwhelmed with feelings of peace and comfort. I knew that not only was there a God, but that I was His child and that He loved me so dearly. After that night, I knew that it was time that I stop relying on my parents and gain my own knowledge of whether the church was true. I read the Book of Mormon again,and prayed for a confirmation. Every time I had the smallest question about anything, I prayed to Heavenly Father to know for myself that it is true, and each time He has let me know that this is right, the church is true. I am a Mormon because I know that God loves me enough to give me a way to return to Him. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that he died and lived again for my sins. I know that there are living prophets, that they are inspired and they recieve modern revelation for us. I know that the heavens are not closed and that God does still speak to His children. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that if I live righteously I will be happy, and that this gospel provides a way for me to do that. I know that families are forever and that I will see my family again even after this life. I know I am a daughter of God.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday after church before my mission I helped organize a dinner for all of those who were new or visiting the church that day. My friends and I wanted them to feel welcome,and to give them the opportunity to meet and make new friends so that they will know how happy we were that they were there and so that they will feel comfortable to come again. In college before my mission my friends and I would go every third Sunday to visit a nursing home. We would sing to the elderly people, listen to their life stories, and play a rousing game of bingo! A plate of cookies to the victor ( that was never me). I volunteered in the children's and maternity ward at the homeless shelter. That was such a pivotal moment for me, and learning what it meant to really apply what I know about my faith. I learned to see them the way that Christ would see them. Not as sad, run down human beings but as children of God who are so loved and who He wants to see happy and thriving. Today I am living my faith by serving the Lord and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Colorado. By sharing a message of happiness, hope, and the love of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. I am living my faith by living the way that I know would make my Heavenly Father happy.