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Something About Me and My Book:
I grew up on a family farm in northern Utah, the fifth of six children―the youngest until I was 12. I was born during the Great Depression and started school during World War 2. After high school, I enrolled at Brigham Young University, where I received my BS in journalism in 1962.

My journalism career never materialized, for I spent the next nine years working first as a genealogist then as a college instructor. At age 34 and with a young family, I entered the University of Idaho law school, where I earned my Juris Doctor degree in 1974. By this time, I had written The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, a first-in-its-field textbook that is still going strong in its third edition. Today it is considered a classic.

Though I was admitted to the Utah Bar, I opted to work for the Genealogical Department of LDS Church, then transferred to the Temple Department in 1981; I retired as a director in 1999. During those years, I answered questions on both genealogy and temple issues for the Church’s Ensign magazine.

I love the scriptures, both to study and to teach them. I taught them at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) in the 1960s and 70s and at the Santa Barbara (CA) Institute of Religion while serving a mission with my wife in 2000 and 2002 I became obsessed with the notion of writing Old Testament stories. And, as they say, the rest is history.

'I Will Make of Thee a Great Nation' is an intriguing collection of 219 stories from the Old Testament. It is written for Christian adults and young adults, in modern English. It tells of Old Testament prophets, priests, and kings and of Jehovah's dealings with His covenant people. The first story is about the Creation and the last story is about the Jews in Jerusalem after they returned from Babylon to rebuild their temple and city. The book contains original illustrations, two indexes (to names and to subjects), maps for geographical perspective, footnotes for insights and background, an extensive pronunciation guide, and a chart of the kings of Judah and Israel during the divided monarchy after King Solomon. The stories are told in modern English without embellishment or fictionalizing.

'I Will Make of Thee a Great Nation' is softbound and has a beautiful cover. It is a book that you will treasure and refer to often for years to come. You can read a sampling of the stories on my web site; you can also order the book.

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Exciting News

I just wanted to share my good news with anyone interested.

Last Saturday, September 15, my new book of Old Testament stories, How Often Would I Have Gathered You, received a prestigious Our History--Our Heritage Publications Award (Golden Quill) from the League of Utah Writers. Needless to say, I am very pleased and excited about this honor. :-)

Posted on September 19, 2007 at 7:57pm — 1 Comment

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At 2:40am on July 18, 2009, Freya R said…
Hi Val

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At 5:40am on May 27, 2008, albertasequeira said…
Hi all,
I'm with Janet Conner with writing my second book Please, God, Not Two. I can't wait to get time to keep up with the messages and chat rooms when I'm done.
At 1:45pm on October 14, 2007, Pastor Sharon Billington said…
I invite your visit to our site so you can see what we're about and then you can refer those you know who could use its supporting, encouraging, informative words in confidence.

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At 11:17am on October 13, 2007, albertasequeira said…
Hi Val,
I added my video to Book Marketing site. I hope you view it.
At 7:35pm on September 17, 2007, Janet Conner said…
Congratulations. I'm deeply buried in my new book Writing Down the Soul. When I come up for air, I'll reconnect with my writing buddies.

At 12:08pm on September 13, 2007, John Foxjohn said…
Hey Val,

You are welcome and although the adds are offensive and probably shouldn't be there, I am not sure they will remove them.

I think it is a sad day though that anyone is judged by race, religion, or sex. You would think in this day and age it wouldn't be so, but I don't think ignorance will ever die.
At 4:36am on September 13, 2007, Charlotte McPherson said…
On your comment page you wrote about being Offended by Anti Mormon Goggle ads. I replied to that comment.
Wish you the best and a great day!
At 5:36pm on August 14, 2007, Author & Book Promotions said…
Hi Val,

I'm also honored you would want to be on my friend list. It's is nice meeting you, and I look forward to chatting with you more.

At 6:05am on August 13, 2007, Cindy Jost said…

I checked out your website...very nice...I see where you have the paypal option...I will have to ask my publisher if that is possible...thanks again

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