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Hi I'm Valerie

I am a Filipino, born in Hawaii. I love being a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. I am a convert. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married for 41 years and we have a great relationship. The gospel has taught both of us to be better people which helped us build a strong loving relationship that we believe will continue forever. We met just before we graduated from the same high school (our school had 3000 students). Our first date was grad night where we went to Disneyland for an the entire night. We were married a little over 2 years later. We enjoy being physically active—tennis, volleyball, water exercising, and other things we find fun to get exercise together. We also try to eat in moderation. We hope by staying healthy that we will have a good quality of life as we get older. I am very good at finding solutions to problems or just making things work. I am a great observer of people and love learning things from others. I have written a child raising book for my children because they were a joy to raise and I wanted to share what I learned with them. I love to read for fun, and I love to start and end my day by studying the holy scriptures – on my own and with my husband. I love being with my husband, our children and their families, with good friends – just people in general. They fill my life with love. And I do love them all. When we go on vacation, one of our favorite things to do, other than just spending time together, is to visit family and friends. It is always the most memorable part of any vacation.

Why I am a Mormon

My husband and I joined the Church after we were married. We have been members now a little over 30 years. I previously was Catholic and had attended church regularly for a period of time in my teenage years, but then I drifted away for several years before wanting to go back to church as my children starting growing up A friend of ours, who had exposed us to the Church, called me and said she had a dream that we should have the missionaries teach us the gospel. She said that she would still be my friend even if I didn't join the church, I agreed. I had no thought that I would join, but when I heard the message, it touched my heart and I wanted to know what I should do. So, I fasted and prayed a couple of times but eventually fasted for two days before receiving a confirmation that the Church was true. Shortly thereafter, I was baptized. My husband was baptized almost two years after I was, spurred on by my son who had turned eight years old and planned his own baptism, but waited until my husband was ready to join so he could perform the baptism. The gospel has brought great joy into my life. It has strengthened our marriage. It helped me to be a better mother. It has helped me understand what Heavenly Father wants me to do and what He wants me to be. Our family was sealed in the temple, which means we have the opportunity to be together forever, which is the greatest blessing ever.

How I live my faith

My husband and I feel like we have pretty busy lives and a lot of that are the things we are involved in at church. Right now my husband is particularly busy as he serves as the bishop our ward, (like being a pastor of a congregation). I currently help lead the Primary organization in our ward where we teach and minister to children from 18 months to 11 years old. Although it can be a lot of work, it is a lot of fun and very rewarding. We believe we are called by God to serve in our church. We have no paid ministry and we are called after much prayer and often fasting by our leaders, as they rely on the promptings of the Holy Spirit to know where God wants us to serve for at any particular period of time. I know that being able to serve in our church in whatever way I am asked is a great blessing in my life. I hope I live my faith so that there is no question that I am a disciple of the Lord, Jesus Christ. I try my best to be the best person I can be and to treat others the way the Lord would treat them—with unconditional love, compassion, acceptance, respect, kindness, patience (which I work hard on), and understanding. I strive to be humble as I serve Him that I may express my love to everyone around me.