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Hi I'm Val

I am a Mormon from Colorado and love music and science. I have been married for over 19 years and have 4 children.

About Me

I am middle-aged with a wife and four children. I work in the healthcare industry on the business side. I am active with my family and community. I like to get outdoors and hike and just breathe the fresh air. I am a musician, having studied music as an under-grad. I am a person who tries to build teams to solve issues, and I try to get people with differing opinions to talk things out-though this is much easier to write about than to do! My children are involved in sports such as Football, Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball as well as Music and the Arts. These activities really bring me great joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this church stands for all truth, and is Jesus' church here on earth. It is not that there is not truth in other religions and science, it is that this is where truth is found in its complete form. That does not mean we know or understand everything--some things we have to accept on faith. I know that Joseph Smith saw Jesus Christ and God the Father one spring morning in 1820. I know that the Book of Mormon that he was commanded to translate is true, and provides a tangible proof that he was indeed a prophet of God. I know that we continue to have prophets and apostles to guide and direct us today as we move through the difficulties of life. This is very comforting since all around us is confusion and mis-understanding. I am most comforted by the priesthood power that has been given to man to serve one another. I know that this priesthood only exists in the Mormon Church. This priesthood power makes it possible for families to be married, not just for this life, but for all eternity. This gives me real comfort and cheer--especially in the difficult times of life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by continuing to improve myself every day. I work-out, I read, I keep a journal, I work, I play, and I strive to do all of this with my mind and heart centered on becoming more like Jesus Christ. Fortunately I have help from my family in these things.  I try to do my best every day, and that includes assisting those who need help. Since I am not perfect, I repent and strive to do better each and every day. It is a rewarding experience to live and show my Father in Heaven that I am indeed working day to day to improve myself in all aspects of my life.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Val
We believe that the family is the bedrock of not only our church, but our country, and the world. Families are a place of strength where we can all be blessed to grow up in a loving place where we learn and grow. This experience helps us to better understand our role in our Heavenly Family with our Heavenly Father as we are part of an eternal family. Today, there are so many pressures and hardships that threaten individuals lives, morals, and beliefs. These pressures are difficult to combat without a safe-haven where we can go and be sheltered, to a degree, from these pressures. That safe haven should be the family. Family members provide comfort when dealing with failure or with loss. Family members cheer us on as we are competing in the activities of life. Family members share their love when we feel alone. As church members we believe that all families can live together forever if they are married by one who has authority from God to seal families on earth and in heaven. These marriages are performed in our Temples. This union for eternity, and not just, "'till death do you part," is a real bond that helps married couples to get through the rough days that can occur in marriage. There is a sense of something greater that gets a couple through the tough times, and puts things in a much different perspective--a perspective centered on Jesus Christ. Families are also important as they are a place to learn and grow. As children grow, they need a lot of help in getting through the pitfalls of life. This education can not occur in school, though they try. As parents grow, they need to be reminded that they don't know everything, and children always show us that! This then creates two sets of teachers and two sets of learners building each other up and helping each other be better. I am so thankful for my family. They are such a blessing in my life. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Val
Absolutely not. They encourage us to research the candidates and vote our conscience related to the platform of the various candidates. We are encouraged to get involved in many civic organizations and projects for the betterment of our community and for our own improvement as well. Show more Show less