Portraits of Mormon Women: Valerie

Apr 21, 2010 by

Hi—I am Valerie.  I am thirty-two and am married with four children, ages 10, 5, 3 and 7 months.  I love photography, crafts, blogging, teaching, cooking, spending time with family, hiking, playing basketball and discovering new places.

I would like to share an experience I had that tells me that God answers prayers.  I had just graduated with my Associates degree in Elementary Education.  I was accepted to Brigham Young University but had not scored high enough on the PPST, therefore, I wasn’t accepted into the teaching program.  I was not a good test taker, but was a hard worker.  I had a 3.8 GPA.  The worse part was that one point separated me from everything falling into place.  BYU had just raised the test score requirements.  If I had been able to apply for the program months earlier, everything would have worked out just fine.

But here I was, stuck . . .

I prayed to my Heavenly Father and asked that he would help me know what to do.  I was confused and distraught.  I didn’t know where else I would go.  I wrote a letter of appeal to the Dean of Education at Brigham Young University in hopes something would come of it.  In the meantime, I had an impression to return to the two-year school that I had just graduated in.  “Why would I want to do that?”  It would be kind of embarrassing to return, but I felt a strong urge to do so.

I returned and took the classes as if I were going to Brigham Young University.  I decided to not worry about my situation and exercise my faith and put my trust in the Lord.  I also decided that I wasn’t going to stress about school and grades and that I was going to just have fun and enjoy life.  It turned out to be the best semester of my life and on top of it, I ended up with a 4.0 that semester.  I also heard back from Brigham Young University that they had accepted my appeal and that I would be able to start next semester.

Everything worked out and I got my degree in 4 years, despite the minor setback.

I have always been grateful for the power of prayer, for a loving Heavenly Father who is mindful of our needs and hears and answers our prayers.  Sometimes it’s not in a way that we understand at that moment, but in a way that works out in the end.


  1. Heather L

    Thank you so much, Valerie!
    Your answer to prayer helps me know Heavenly Father will help me find a way with my similar prayer!

  2. Amber

    Valerie–thank you for sharing this experience. I have had many experiences like that, where I wonder what the Lord’s plan is and all, and yet it all seems to work out.

  3. Janelle

    Valerie, I think you are in the ward that shares the building with me…. How fun to see you here at Mormon Woman!

    I’ve been desperately confused about where to live for over a year. We’ve prayed and prayed and I’ve felt a lot like the children of Israel wandering in the wilderness – barred from the promised land due to iniquity and lack of faith. I’m hoping that is not the problem, but I’m repenting nonetheless.

    We just bought a house and it is a major fixer, so it’s tough to be excited about moving into a fixer while 8 months pregnant. l’m hoping that in a few months/years I’ll be able to look back and see the hand of the Lord in this. I’d like it to be as obvious as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Wouldn’t that be nice?

  4. Thanks everyone for your comments. Everything seems to work out in the end, doesn’t it? You are great women.

  5. Heidi

    Thanks, Valerie, for being willing to share your experiences. I really enjoy serving with you in the primary.

  6. That is great. Prayer is so very powerful especially when coupled wiht faith. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Julie P

    What a tender mercy, Valerie. Also such a great reminder to not only listen to the quiet promptings of the Holy Ghost, but *follow* them.

  8. Abby

    What a woman! As long as I have known you I’ve always been impressed by your faith. Thanks for sharing this Val!

  9. Congratulations!! That is so awesome.

  10. Sue

    This is a great example of living by faith and just turning the outcome over to the Lord.

    Great post!


  11. Kathy

    Val, I didn’t know that about you. You are a great lady. I’m glad you are my grandchildren’s mother and my son’s wife. They lucked out.

  12. Valerie,

    I really loved this post. I am grateful that you would share this experience. I have been amazed how sometimes things turn out differently than I would have expected, and sometimes I don’t even fully understand why things turn out as they do, but I think it’s maybe through those unexpected times that I have come to know God better than when things turn out all peachy-king…maybe because I have to rely on Him more. ??

    Anyway, it was great to ‘meet’ you. And what a beautiful family you have.

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