Robert & Shauna Valentine Family

Robert Young Valentine and Shauna Burgon Valentine met at BYU, fell in love and were married in 1967. They have lived in Provo, Utah; Durham and Laurinburg, North Carolina; and, for nearly three decades in Lincoln, Nebraska. Bob and Shauna moved back to Utah in 2004 into a new home in Highland. They have five grown children, Christopher, Lisa, Gina, James and Amanda and a lot of grandchildren. Enjoy news and photos of our growing family. Send comments, too. Stay in touch!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Family Home Evening, Monday, October 13, 2008


I know all of you want your children to obey to so they can grow up responsible, intelligent, informed, and wise.

"Obedience to God can be the very highest expression of independence."

"Obedience--that which God will never take by force--he will accept when freely given. And he will then return to you freedom that you can hardly dream of--the freedom to feel and to know, the freedom to do, and the freedom to be, at least a thousandfold more than we offer him. Strangely enough, the key to freedom is obedience." (Elder Boyd K. Packer)

Obedience is the first law of heaven.

In Jeremiah (7:23-24) we learn that we progress when we obey. The disobedient go backward; no one stands still.

Doctrine & Covenants 130:18-21 tells us that through obedience we gain knowledge, intelligence, and blessings.

Doctrine & Covenants 82:8-10 tells us that there is a power in obedience.

Some people criticize others for being "blindly obedient" to God or his prophets.

Why do we obey?

Because like Adam and so many others (Moses 5:5-7) we TRUST the Lord enough to know that he would ask only what was right. True obedience to God is not blind obedience. It is obedience born of trust in God and love for Him.

We show our love through obedience (John 14:15,21).

We have found throughout life that there is PEACE and HAPPINESS that comes with being obedient. It allows us to become the kind of person God wants us to be and the kind of person we want to be, too.

We are grateful that our children were obedient while growing up.

Have a great week; we hope it's peaceful and happy!

Love, Mom and Dad xoxoxoxoxooxo


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