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Hi I'm Valerie

I was blessed to be raised in the Church. I am a wife, mother and school counselor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I firmly believe that Heavenly Father loves me and is aware of me. In 1970, the Mormon missionaries knocked on my parents' door. They accepted the gospel and joined the church. I came to their family through the blessing of adoption. My dad was among the first African-American men to receive the priesthood after the 1978 revelation allowing all worthy males to hold the priesthood. My parents are my greatest example of faith in our Savior Jesus Christ and in His gospel. I have been blessed to be married in the temple to a worthy priesthood holder for 19 years (and counting!). I have two beautiful children and I'm enjoying being a mom during the teenage years! I have a rewarding career as a school counselor in the public schools. When I want some "me" time, I go to a Zumba class, read, write, or watch a movie.

Why I am a Mormon

In the Book of Mormon we are asked to "...ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." (Moroni 10:4) I have asked God if the Book of Mormon is a true book. With all my heart, I know that it is. I have felt the Holy Ghost as a warm feeling, burning inside of me acknowledging to me that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that through the power of God he was able to translate the Book of Mormon. I believe in Christ. I know that he is the Savior of this world. I know that His church has been restored to the earth and it is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Our purpose on this earth is to live according to God's plan - to work out our salvation so that we may return to live with our Heavenly Father and our brother Jesus Christ. I believe that there are good principles taught by good people in so many religions and churches throughout the world. I am a Mormon because I believe that this is the only church with the fullness of the gospel. This gospel has brought me comfort, strength and a knowledge of who I am - a daughter of God.

How I live my faith

Over the past 20 years, I have worked with children, youth and adults in the church. I really believe that any calling in the church is really about teaching and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a member of the public affairs committee, my greatest honor was to represent the church by giving a prayer at an interfaith breakfast held during the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In my current calling, I serve the women in 9 congregations in our area. I love meeting new people and sharing my testimony with others