Hi I'm Stacie
I am a happily married mother of 4 and grandmother of 5. I love butterflies, chocolate and spending time with my grown children and my wonderful grandchildren. I love mornings, sunsets and hiking in the mountains with my husband.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born into a faithful LDS family. But I had to choose for myself to stay a Mormon. I hear many good things from my friends of other faiths, but the truths that I have because of the restored gospel just make more sense to me. I feel a peace and a protection when I learn about and practice the doctrine and principles of the Church that I can't get anywhere else. It is both exciting and reassuring to me to know that God speaks to His people both in times past and in the present. The teachings of the Church have given me a sure foundation in a world of conflict and change.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer, to me, is my personal connection with a loving Father in Heaven who knows me perfectly and is always there for me. When I got the news, a few years ago, that my mother had been diagnosed with stomach cancer and I was told that she had only weeks left on this earth, I was completely alone. My husband was in a remote area on a scout trip with our 2 sons. I had no close friend at the time to call, and it felt like there was no one I could reach out to. No one, except my Heavenly Father. Prayer was the only source of comfort I had at that devasting time and I felt wrapped in my Father's love as I sought Him in prayer. I am so grateful to know that He will always be there for me and that I can go to Him anytime!
How I live my faith
I volunteer to teach an early morning 6 am scripture study class to high school age youth. Most people think this would be such a sacrifce, but for me it is a joy. I love the scriptures and I love the youth and I love to teach. I learn so much from my study and preparations to teach them, and then I learn even more from my students as we discuss the scriptures together and make goals to apply the principles we've learned in our lives. I also make the time at least once a week to visit one of the elderly ladies in my neighborhood. I feel as James did when he said "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction..." I have felt a special love for the elderly since my teen years when I was a candy striper in a hospital and I served in the geriatrics ward. I feel very blessed whenever I am able to help brighten the day of someone who is lonely or sick. I feel I am following the Saviors example by sharing my love with them and I always come away having received more than I have given.