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Hi I'm VaLynne Stoddard

I grew up in Oregon & Arizona. I am a wife, a mother, a substitute teacher for grades K-12. I live in Wyoming. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Oregon and at the age of 11 moved to the Navajo Indian Reservation where my parents taught school. I attended middle and high school on the Reservation before going to college. I married at the end of my first year of college. My husband and I have four children and I was a stay at home mom when my children were young but as they entered school I started substitute teaching which I enjoy very much. Also after they started school, I returned to college and earned my associates degree in secondary education. My hobbies have been family history, travel and scrapbooking. My bucket list included earning my bachelors degree, despite living in a rural area where the nearest university is over 100 miles away, visiting all 50 states, all seven continents and several of the islands of Oceania. Because of modern technology, I was able to return to the college I had started as a freshman years ago. Online courses helped me be able to earn my Bachelor of University Studies degree that includes minors in English and Family Studies and a cluster in history. I have been to 48 states, with only Tennessee and South Carolina left to finish my goal of going to all 50. My husband and I recently went to Antarctica but still have Australia and Africa left to visit of the continents. I have been to the Hawaiian Islands and will be going to Vanuatu shortly, allowing me to also reach my goal of going to several islands of Oceania.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when they married. My dad was a convert and joined before serving in the Army and going to Korea during that conflict. My parents met after he returned from Korea and were married in the Mesa Arizona Temple. I did grow up in the Church but with the teachings of the Church that we are to learn for ourselves the truthfulness of Jesus Christ's teachings, I worked to learn the fulness and truthfulness of the gospel for myself. I believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does teach the gospel as Jesus established when he was on earth. I love the teachings of eternal families, and how we can be together in Heaven as the Lord wants. In Heaven I do not believe that parents are single and just as the Lord placed Adam and Eve in the Garden and remain together (married) I believe it continues in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being kind to all I meet. I do attend our church each Sunday. My present calling in our ward or local congregation, is conducting the music in our worship service. I have had other callings working with the youth in our ward by teaching Sunday School and the Young Woman organization for girls ages 12-18. I have also worked with the 8-10 year old boys in the Cub Scout organization of the BSA. I worked to help the the boys earn their Arrow of Light award which is the only award that can also be worn on the Boy Scout uniform. And I also helped them earn the religious, Faith in God Award which is important in Cub Scouting and in our faith. I do enjoy working with the youth by both substitute teaching in the local schools and also working with them in the Church. In the Church we are assigned to visit with a few of our friends specifically who we visit with, pray with and for, and teach gospel principles. In the woman's organization, this is called the Visiting Teaching program. The men also visit a few families each month through the home teaching program. In this fast page age of social media, I like the home and visiting teaching programs to help keep us in a good face to face relationship. Another way I am looking forward to live my faith is by serving as a missionary with my husband. We will be doing this starting in January. While on a mission, senior couples have the opportunity to serve others anyway that is needed as well as helping others learn of the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.