Hi I'm Valerie
Valerie became fascinated about her family history while still a young girl. Family tradition had it that her gg grandmother was an Indian princes, (a story started by said grandmother no less). Raised in a family that moved like migratory birds, Valerie latched onto this story. She spent hours reading about horses and Indians – just in case the tribe should ever need her to come and take her rightful place on the throne. By the time she found out that there was no such thing as Indian royalty, it was too late – she was hooked. Valerie is a professional family history researcher, presenter, writer and lover of great stories. She uses her background and training to help others find the joy of knowing their own story and preserving it creative and meaningful ways.
Why I am a Mormon
I remember what life without the teachings of the Mormon church was like. After becoming a member it was like the light came on and I was no longer in darkness. I know that I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father, He loves me and He knows me. I also know He knows and loves you and all of His children. I can come to Him in prayer and find answers, support, strength, comfort and guidance. I am never alone. He sent His son Jesus Christ to atone for my sins so that I could be saved and return to His presence. The teachings that are taught in our church is the same gospel that Christ first taught when he was on the earth. His teachings have been restored and with that knowledge I have more freedom and happiness. I know why I am here on earth, I know where I am going and I know who I am. So many look at the don'ts we have in our church - we don't drink, we don't smoke, we don't believe in sex before marriage. They think we are limited - I know just the opposite is true, I have more freedom. I am free from the effects of tobacco and alcohol, I am free from the consequences of premarital sex like disease, unwanted pregnancies and emotional regret. But those things are way down the list on why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I have fasted, prayed and studied and have found out for myself that it true. That the teachings help me live a happier life. I receive strength and peace through my membership and attendance each Sunday. My religion doesn't begin and end on Sunday. It is part of who I am. I am not only proud to be a Mormon, but I am so very grateful and I thank the Lord everyday for all that He has given me.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
My father before we joined the Mormon Church was an alcoholic. My mom's mom died when she was 13 and her father had left when she was 5. They married very young and were not well equipped to be parents. We had love but lots of dysfunction. After we joined the church we learned about how to become a happy family. We had Family Home Evenings where we laughed and learned together about God's plan for us. We had family prayer everyday and learned to serve others. We still were not perfect but now we had tools and a plan. When it came time for me to start my own family, I knew what a family was, I knew the steps to take and how to build a strong foundation. When we have trials and problems, we know to where to go to for help. My husband and I were married in the temple and we believe that marriages preformed there are eternal. That the children born to us are part of our eternal family. When you believe that this is your family for eternity - you learn to work things out, that it isn't just getting through things for today, but striving for a harmony that you will want in the eternities. The Mormon Church has answers to help any family be happier and stronger.
How I live my faith
I serve those in my community by offering free genealogy help and teach how to do research for themselves. By helping people reconnect with their ancestors they are able to better understand who they are and where they came from. I organize meals and childcare assistance for a young mother of small children suffering from Breast Cancer. I visit and offer assistance to a new widow by being a friend and a shoulder to cry on. I make it a practice to pray for those I know and those I have never met but who are struggling, suffering and need Divine help. I can't do everything, but I try to do something.