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Hi I'm Val

I'm a young mother, a teacher, an actress, a writer... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a married mom of one... (so far I guess). I'm currently working on an Elementary Education degree, but previously I was studying classical acting. So alongside my major I'm planning on getting endorsed to teach theater, which would just be PERFECT! I write. A LOT. Any moment I can get I'm writing! So if you want to learn more about me or my family, I do have a blog: valmanwill.wordpress.com

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon, but when I first moved away to college I begin to have a lot of doubts about the organized religion. I stopped going to church and didn't really identify as being a "Mormon" anymore. One day a dear once-Atheist friend of mine, told me that he had asked God if the Mormon church was the right church and had gotten a "yes" answer. His experience got me thinking. I still believed in a God and I believed that if I had a question for Him, He would hear me and answer. I sincerely wanted to know "the truth". And whatever that meant I would act on it. If God told me yes, I would come back to church and if God told me no, I would leave permanently. Whatever God wanted for me I would do. I knelt and said a prayer and asked Him about it. I immediately felt a warm happiness and also felt strongly that I should serve a full-time mission, which I did. Religion is a bit funny in that it's a lot of feeling and faith and hard to prove "intellectually". The only evidence I can think of to present is that I am progressing forward. I'm happier each day. My church motivates me to help myself, help my family and those around me. And I think that's the point of life is to progress. I mean, even if you look at the trees and other things here on Earth, they are growing, life is moving forward. And that's what this path did for me, it helped me to move forward.

How I live my faith

Years ago, I spent time as a missionary in Trujillo, Peru. Now I spend time as a missionary in my ward. It's not as intensive as a full time mission, but it gives me an opportunity to get to know everyone in my neighborhood. Mostly, I try to live my faith by treating others as I think Christ would. I'm not a perfect person so it's not easy, but I sincerely try.