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Hi I'm Valerie

I am newly married. I work as a nurse on a rehabilitation unit. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just got married a few months ago and am currently working as a registered nurse in a rehabilitation center. Along with working, I'm studying to get my bachelors degree in nursing. My family lived in Amman, Jordan just after I was born. I have traveled to Jerusalem and also Peru and Ecuador, where I served my mission. I love trying new restaurants with my husband, fishing, reading self-help books. I hope to be a mom soon! I pretend to be creative, and I like doing projects. My husband will be starting graduate school to be an optometrist next year so we are trying to decide where to go. We are ready for the adventure!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it gives me direction and peace in life. My parents raised me in the church but I had to pray and find out for myself whether or not what my parents had taught me was true. I love that the church and its leaders promote learning and free thinking, for the more I actually learn, the more I know that there must be a higher power. I prayed as a ten-year-old before going to bed, asking for some sort of answer from the Lord if this was his church. I went to bed feeling nothing, but during the night I awoke and remember feeling such peace, one that I had never felt before. Even as a ten-year-old I recognized the true joy that the spirit brings to our souls. Ever since then I have striven to do my very best in the sight of God, keeping His commandments. It hasn't been easy, and I haven't always done it perfectly, but I am thankful for the peace I feel by doing what's right.

How I live my faith

I currently go to a married student ward and help with family history. The church has great programs that allow people to look for their ancestors and I have learned how to do these programs. We also organize group activities to build ward unity. It's fun!