Editor’s note: Yesterday, Valerie shared a little about her life and interests. Today, she shares about her faith, about why she chooses to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Valerie will be a regular contributor on Mormon Women, so look forward to more from her in the future.
~by Valerie J. Fulmer
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised a Mormon. My parents could not have given me a better gift. I have continued in the faith because it has blessed my life in numerous ways. To name a few:
- I have a happy marriage and a positive and close bond with our children.
- I have many opportunities to help and serve others which makes me feel I am making a positive difference in the lives of others.
- My family and I have received service and love from many members of the Church.
- I have met and made friends with many of these members.
- I have been enabled to overcome trials and come out stronger and wiser than before.
- I have felt the Love of God in my life in various ways.
- I have learned that living the gospel to the best of my ability and sincerely repenting of my sins has helped me to be at peace, regardless of any tribulation which besets myself or my loved ones or the world around me.
I also love being a Mormon because the church has an organization called LDS Family Services. This organization offers counseling, information about counseling services and a library full of articles dealing with social, emotional, and spiritual challenges, help for birth parents, adoptive couples, and an Addiction Recovery Program.
I am a Mormon because the church offers many resources to help each of us on our own unique journey of life. I am a Mormon because I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, and that the Book of Mormon is, indeed, the word of God.
I know, without a doubt, Jesus Christ atoned for our sins so that if we come unto Him, strive to live the commandments of God, and sincerely repent as needed, we can be worthy to attain the highest degree of glory for the eternities. And we can be truly happy in this life, through the good times and the difficult times. I wish to share what has blessed my life to all those who are members and who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.