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Hi I'm Valerie

I am a proud Amer-Asian. I love to connect with others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the third girl out of my four sister siblings. I am also the tallest, so high shelves are no problem for me...and jeans are the hardest to find. My mother is from Taiwan, so I love all things Asian, cute, and small. I have been lucky enough to go to Taiwan to visit her family and see Taiwan for myself. I grew up watching Studio Gibili movies, like Princess Monokoe, Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, Poco Roso, Howl's Moving Castle, Naussica, and many others. I have lived my whole life in Illinois, but moved to different parts within it. I love the corn fields, trees, and creeks....pretty much the outdoors. I just finished my first year of college studying Civil Engineering. I love going salsa or country-swing dancing, having Korean-Drama or Doctor Who marathons with my roommates, and cooking new recipes. I love trying new things; from food to sports, so I am always willing to do just about anything...unless heights are involved...then I am a little slower to say yes. Otherwise, I love to settle down in a fuzzy blanket with a fiction novel or art-pad. Or go outside to play a good game of volleyball with friends. I want to make every moment of life worth it. So I always try to be happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to have joy. The teachings and principles in the gospel are designed to make us happy...to make me the happiest I can be! I trust my Savior, and I trust my leaders. I am a Mormon because I believe a living Prophet leads our church today, and I know he will not lead us astray.

How I live my faith

I love the gospel so much. Right now I am serving a mission to Taiwan Taichung for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I am loving it! Everyday, I study the scriptures, and I am learning more and more about my Savior, Jesus Christ. I am gaining a stronger testimony of His Atonement, and the great worth of my soul. A must have in my life, is reading the Book of Mormon everyday. It brings so much happiness and excitement into my life. I don't understand how the scriptures can do that, but I know that when I diligently study the scriptures everyday, my life is so much brighter. And when I read, I try to apply the many lessons and truths from the ancient writers of the Book of Mormon. The prophets in the scriptures are so smart! Of course they received all their knowledge from God, but I am so grateful that the ancient prophets wrote their testimonies and teachings, so that I could learn. When I read the Book of Mormon and pray earnestly, and sincerely every day, I feel a greater purpose in my life. I begin to understand my personal role and mission on Earth. And I smile! I smile because I know who I am, I know what I am doing, and I know where I am going....and I can't wait to get there!