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Stephanie: Autism, Arizona, Teacher, Phoenix Temple, Infant Mental Health, Running, Mormon.

Hi I'm Stephanie

About Me

I am a desert loving, music playing, forever student from Phoenix. I currently live in Phoenix and am finishing up my doctorate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Developmental Disorders. I work at the Phoenix Temple as a clerk and am so grateful for the everyday spirit I get to feel there. I love to run out in the desert sun and hang out with my nieces and nephew. I enjoy music and play the piano, flute, guitar and of course, the ukulele! People make me happy and you'll often find me in a crowd, trying to make someone smile.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know it's true. I know my Father in Heaven is cheering me on and waiting for me to grow and learn and come back to Him. I know that there is a plan and a purpose to live and it makes me see things differently. I see the world as being full of God's children all working towards being their best selves and try to encourage potential in those I come in contact with. I am a Mormon because it's right and I love it.

Personal Stories

In what ways have your prayers been answered?

My prayers are answered in so many ways every day. But the biggest way I see my prayers answered are in guidance in serving others. Often times I will pray to be what Heavenly Father needs of me that day, or pray to know how I can help certain loved ones or ask how I can be a better boss and then set out about my day, trying to stay aware of the good things in the world. So often I will have a little thought come to my mind: "Go see that old friend of yours you haven't talked to in a while," or "Call your sister," or "Tell that employee what a great job she is doing and that you admire her for that specific skill." If I do them immediately or as quickly as I can, I have often times seen mini miracles happen - that old friend was in her living room crying over something I had no idea about, or my sister was stuck on the freeway with a flat or that employee was ready to quit and needed a boost. So many times the world is changed by these little impressions that I believe come specifically from prayers I have prayed.

How I live my faith

I live my faith weekly, hourly, daily, minute to minute and second to very second. I live and breath the Gospel for it is the very fabric of who I am. Without the Gospel, I'm not sure anything would make any sense to me! I try to serve. I try to reach out to those who need me. It feels powerful to help someone smile and I do all I can to affect people for the positive. I serve in the Relief Society, the church's organization for women. I find such joy in the way the church respects, takes care of and considers women and their specific needs. I feel revered, loved and cared for as a women in this church and love the opportunity to help lead and serve in this organization. I support families with disabilities within the church. I help train, provide respite and friendship, and remind them of the good things even when hard things can be so hard. I like to teach Primary and Nursery leaders how to better handle difficult children and to find ways in the church to better support unique needs, both with kids and adults. I think it's important to remember the one, just like Christ did.