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Hi I'm Valerie Pabico

I'm an island girl. Nursing is my profession. Cooking and baking is my passion. I'm a Temple Square Missionary and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Catanduanes, Philippines. I'm 23 years old. I grow up in a very tight and happy family. My life evolved in 3 places which is Home, church and school. It's boring for others but for me it was awesome. I served in my district as a First Counselor in the YW Presidency. I enjoyed helping YW to be more prepared for their future role in building the kingdom of God. I enjoyed being surrounded by little children, so I also served in my Branch as a First Counselor in the Primary Presidency. I love telling stories to children and do fun activities with them. I've been a Single Adult Representative for 4 years. I worked as coordinator in a Liahona Children's Foundation before my mission. I love cooking and baking. I decorate cakes and cupcakes for weddings and birthdays. I consider my kitchen as my comfort zone. I'm currently serving as missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Temple Square Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. We go to church as family, we pray together, and we read the scripture together daily. I enjoyed my primary years and other church activities. I grow up having a borrowed testimony but there's come to a point when I was 16 years old, my missionary friend asked me if do I really know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a true church, do I really know that the Book of Mormon is a true word of God, and do I really know that Joseph Smith is a prophet? I was ashamed of myself and I can't answer him because I know from myself that I don't have it and I don't really know it. Starting that time I had the desire to know and figure out on my own. I read the Book of Mormon daily having a purpose to gain my own testimony. I'm craving for answers. It was my first time to kneel down and ask God all of my questions. At the very moment I felt something warm inside, a feeling joy and peace in my heart and I know that's the answers that I am looking for. I guess I will never stay active in the church without my parents and without my own conversion.

How I live my faith

I strive to live the gospel through following the commandments of Jesus Christ. Throughout my mission I started to liken the Book of Mormon more because I will never know how to live my faith without the help of the words of God. I remembered that a guest express his thoughts about Latter-day Saints members. He said "He was amazed with the dedication of every members of the church and truly live what they believe." I am blessed because of the gospel, that's why I need to continue sharing my own testimony to other people. As missionary in Temple Square is a great privilege to talk of Christ, to preach of Christ and to testify of Christ. How great is my calling!

What is being a Mormon like?

Valerie Pabico
Being a Mormon is a great opportunity. An opportunity to find a sense of belonging that I am a child of God and I have a loving Heavenly Father. Some may see Mormon as a religion but me I considered it as a big family. Where I was able to develop my skills and talents that God gave me. Some people feel that being a Mormon is hard because of commandments to follow, but actually it is easy as long as you have the desire and faith to God. Commandments are not restriction but rather a protection. It is joyful to be a Mormon because as I obey God's commandments, I was able to see the blessings to me and to my family. Show more Show less