Hi! I am Candace Cameron Bure. You may best know me as ‘D.J Tanner’ in the hit television series “Full House” and Netflix’s “Fuller House.” I also take over your television around Christmas time on Hallmark Channel!
A fun fact about me is that I wear a lot of different hats. Yes, I am an actress. I am also a wife, mother of three, producer, director, business woman, I served as a talk show host on “The View” for two years, and I’m a New York Times Best-Selling Author!
While I am thankful for all of those opportunities and titles, I feel that the most life changing one I identify with is “Christian.” I am a Christian woman who loves Jesus and seeks to give Him the glory above all else. More about that below.
What some of you may not know is that while you were catching up on Full House reruns, I was busy growing a family with my husband and former professional hockey player Valerie (Val) Bure.
How did we meet you ask? My “Full House” co-star , Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone), introduced us at a charity hockey game when I was 19. With Val’s blonde flowy locks and Russian accent, how could I resist!? We were married soon after in 1996.
Fun fact: it turned out Val learned English by watching Full House! Our family quickly became a family of 5 with the birth of our children Natasha, Lev, and Maks. All of my “babies” are officially entering into adulthood and leaving the nest.
Many people think I grew up in a Christian home, but I didn’t. I grew up in a moral home, a home that stressed the importance of living by the golden rule but not a home that talked about Jesus. It wasn’t until my parents hit a hard place in their marriage that the four of us kids found ourselves in church. I was twelve when I accepted Jesus and was baptized.
My teenage years were busy, and going to church wasn’t a priority. I remember thinking that since He lived inside my heart, I could talk to God anytime, so I really didn’t need to go to church. Instead of a relationship with Jesus, my faith became more like a help line.
Even so, I was still a responsible, good kid, and I liked pleasing my parents. I wasn’t the typical child star — no addictions or alcohol abuse or trouble with the law. When I looked around to see what other people my age were doing, my life seemed tame in comparison.
Whenever I felt a twinge of conviction for something I’d done, I would focus on the good things I was doing, things I thought could balance the scales in my favor. I remember thinking, Is this really how God works? Can I really just do whatever I want and then ask for forgiveness?
But I finally learned that God’s standard of goodness is different from the world’s standard, and for the first time I saw myself as a sinner. I really understood that I broke the law, that Jesus paid my fine, and that there was no love greater than that. He rescued me, He saved me, He delivered me, and knowing those truths led me to real repentance and change. Out of gratitude for what Jesus did for me, I started to live a life of service to Him, and my deepest desire is to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”