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Hi I'm Valerie

I am the eldest of six children. I am a college student. I love to learn; I love to live; I love to laugh. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the eldest of six children. I'm what my parents call a "coconut" - I'm Mexican on the outside, but very much American on the inside. I am a student at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I'm not sure what I want to study, yet, but I'm interested in psychology, statistics, and humanities. I'm a very artsy person. I love to paint, sketch, doodle, crochet, and weave friendship bracelets. I also love to play the piano, sing, and swing dance. Recently I was called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I cannot wait to share the gospel and help bring souls to find peace in Christ!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have found more peace, love, and joy in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than I have anywhere else in this world. As I have come to know and live the gospel of Christ, I have found comfort despite my trials and tribulations because I know that no matter what Heavenly Father loves me, and He loved me enough that He sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for my sins; it is through the atonement that I can overcome sin as well as sickness, sorrow, anxiety, and affliction of all kinds. He has provided the path in which I can return to my Heavenly Father, and I know that if I follow Him willingly, all will be well despite the raging storms. I also love how no matter where I may be--in another state or even another country--I always have a family in some shape or form in the Church to love and be loved by.

How I live my faith

Each day I try my best to follow the example of Christ by serving those in need, whether or not I really know them. That service could be as small as smiling at someone as I pass them in the street or as large as helping someone move out of their house. A prophet from the Book of Mormon taught that "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God" (Mosiah 2:17). Whatever the task is, I know that it can never be too big that I cannot sacrifice a portion of my time and effort to do it because I know that not only my life, but, more importantly, the life of the person served will be greatly blessed. That's all I really want to do: be an instrument in which everyone can enjoy the blessings of our loving Heavenly Father.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

My simple answer is this: All things I experience here on earth tell me there is a God. I see him in the beauty of the sunrise in the dawn of another glorious morning and in the way crystals form on my windowpane in the frost of winter. I hear him in the chiming laughter of a toddler and in the soothing yet powerful symphonies of an orchestra. I feel him in the warmth of the sun's rays on my skin and in the burning love for the stranger on the side of the street. There is a God, and He is a Great and Loving Heavenly Father! Show more Show less