Hi I'm Stephanie
I love nighttime. I love ice cream and chocolate and wish I could love exercise. I love my husband, my twins, and my family of origin. I love cooking and baking, but unfortunately not cleaning. I love summer and Christmas. I love the color green and the smell of fresh baked bread. I love going away on vacation. I love coming home probably even more. I love decorating my house. I love watching TV with my husband. I love laughing for hours with friends. I love being silly with kids, especially my twins, niece, and nephew. But most of all, I love being Mormon.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up Mormon and the night before I was baptized at eight, my parents invited me to pray and ask God if being baptized was the right thing. I was not too happy with them, thinking they were asking me to not get baptized. But they actually wanted me to know for myself if I should take that big step. I eventually decided to pray and ask God if getting baptized was what I should do. I didn't have an earth-shattering experience, just a quiet peaceful feeling that it was all good. It's been over thirty years since that night and the following day, but I still can remember the love I felt from God after I prayed and at my baptism.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
I dreamed of getting married and being a mom from the time I can remember. But I didn't get married until I was in my mid-30s and, as a 40-something, I still don't have any kids. In a lot of ways, my life is so far from where I planned it to be. But I know that God has a plan for me that is much bigger and better than I could ever imagine. I've had the chance to do some pretty great things I wouldn't have done had my "Plan A" (or B, C, or D) happened. I know that this life is just a tiny bit of the plan God has for me. And although sometimes I still really want things to be my way, I have peace that if I trust God and His time table and plan for me, that I will be blessed. God knows me and what I need. He knows what I want and what challenges I can handle. And He knows that I can learn from the challenges I have and help others with their struggles. His plan for me and for all of us is to have joy in this life and to return to live with Him. So, although my life isn't what I would have imagined as a little girl, it's a life full of happiness and hope. For the blessings God gives me daily and the blessings He has promised for my future.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
When it comes to talking about the church, I think I'm like most Mormons. I don't actively seek out people to tell about the church. Most of my friends and co-workers know that I'm a Mormon, so it's important for me to live in a way that reflects the values of the church. I'm far from perfect, but I want people to know that I'm trying my best, just like they are, to live the type of life that God wants me to. I find that once people see that I'm not that different from them, they are comfortable asking questions about the church and they have a respect for the information I share with them. I'm always more than happy to answer any questions my friends and co-workers have. The church and its teachings have brought me joy and peace in a oftentimes troubled world, that I want others to have that same calming influence. So if you know me or another Mormon and want to know anything about the church, just ask.
How I live my faith
In my congregation I work with the 14 and 15 year old young women. I teach a short lesson each Sunday (sorta like Sunday School) to help them as they make important decisions in their lives over the next few years. During the week we also have an activity to reinforce lessons we have had or just to have fun. I try to let them know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live and love them. They have worth that is beyond their comprehension and they can make choices that will make them happier than they ever thought possible by doing what God would want them to do.