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Hi I'm Valon

Hi! My name is Valon. I am 18 years old and am preparing to serve a mission in Boston Massachusetts. I'm a Mormon and proud of it!

About Me

A little bit about me! I am the oldest of 4 children. I have to 2 sisters, a brother, and an incredible mom and dad. I love my family so much! I have just completed my first year of college and am working toward receiving my Elementary Education degree to become a Special Education teacher. A few of my interests are music, reading, and spending time with family and friends. While in High School I participated in Women's Choir, Honor Choir, and also was in 3 school musicals. My sophomore and junior years I was one of the many dancers in the cast, and my senior year I was a lead role in the play Hello Dolly. Music is such a huge part of my life and has helped mold me into the person that I am today. I love to read! It hasn't always been a big interest of mine, but as I grew up I learned to love it more and more. Probably my biggest interest is spending time with my family and friends. They are such a huge part of my life and have shaped me into who I am today. My friends have always had my back and I don't know what I would have done without them. But my family has always been, and always will be, my biggest supporters. They are my best friends and have been there for me through my good times and my bad.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel has always been a part of my life, but after living on my own it became my decision whether I was going to continue to attend or not. I chose to continue to attend because I knew then and know now that this church is true. Without the gospel in my life I would not be where I am today; I would not be preparing to serve a mission. At the time that I made my decision to serve a mission, I was attending my church meetings and doing what I was supposed to do, but I still wasn't happy. It still amazes me that one YouTube video changed the path of my life. I came home from school for the weekend, at the time I was going through a trial of my faith and having a hard time. I sat down with my parents and watched an episode of "The District." During this episode I felt the distinct feeling that I wanted to serve a mission, which was such a shock because I had though that I would never serve a mission. My plan at the time was to continue with school and see where I would end up. After having this distinct feeling I quickly talked myself out of serving. The following day I talked with both of my about the impression that I had had the previous night. They both encouraged me to serve and to act upon the impression that I had. And here I am today! I have my call to Boston, Massachusetts and I leave for the Provo, Utah MTC on August 27, 2014. I know that God answers prayers! He did and has mine. I know that this church is true and brings joy into the lives of those who allow it to. I know that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ came to this earth, suffered and died because He loves each of us and wants us to return to live with Him and the Father again. I know that Joseph Smith restored this gospel to the earth. I know that families are forever. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet of God upon this earth today. I love this gospel with every fiber of my being and want others to find the joy that I have from it. I wouldn't live my life any other way!

How I live my faith

I have always had the gospel in my life and have had many different callings throughout my life. When I reached the age of 12 and entered the Young Women's program I was called to be the 1st counselor in the Beehive Presidency. From that time until I graduated High School I always had a calling in the presidencies, whether it be the president, 2nd counselor, or secretary. Right after I graduated I was called to be Primary worker and was asked to teach the Sunbeam children. I felt so out of my element, but it was such a great learning experience. After moving away from home to attend school I received the calling of creating the Newsletter for the Relief Society and to be a Visiting Teacher. I had never been Visiting Teaching and I learned to love it. I was able to make a relationship with sisters that I normally never would have. It was such a blessing in my life to have the opportunity to serve others. As of right now in my life, my greatest calling that I have received is to serve a mission in Boston, Massachusetts. I can not express how excited I am to give up 18 months of my life and give it to the Lord. I am so excited to serve the people and share the gospel that has given me so much joy in my life. I cannot wait to see how much I will learn and grow as an individual. It is a life changing experience that I am ready to take head on!