Hi I'm Carrie Stephens.
To be charitable and real is what I perceive as the most meaningful way to live - and I believe that only Jesus Christ can enable us to develop authentic empathy. I am passionate about being healthy and helping people be relieved of suffering (especially by way of prevention). I perceive that there are infinite ways to affect positive change. I study, work, and pray with the intent to be an instrument in God's hands to promote the well-being of other people. Living with minimal materials and growing nutritious sustenance is the most appealing lifestyle to me. I love being outside and enjoying the freedoms of climbing, running, swimming, skateboarding, snowboarding, biking, and surfing. Traveling (everywhere) also seems ideal. If I am loving and valuing other people, I am happy - even when my circumstances are less than ideal. Words, including the word "ideal", have arbitrary meanings anyway.
Why I am a Mormon
Like most people who grow up in a Mormon family, I chose to be baptized and confirmed a member of the Church when I was eight. Almost imperceptibly, my conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ began long before that and continues to develop today. In my efforts to overcome an intense phobia, cope with the death of loved ones, make sense of confusing situations, be successful at school and work, forgive and be forgiven, and help others, I have received strength through conversing with Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. As I pray, study the scriptures, and try to be helpful, I feel more united with Deity. When divine love motivates my thoughts and actions, my capacity to help people increases and my attitude becomes irrepressibly optimistic. The Spirit of God that helps me develop charity and hope also helps me understand fundamental truths. Through impressions from God's Spirit, I know that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God and lived a perfect mortal life. I know that Jesus suffered to make an Atonement in behalf of every member of the human family and was resurrected after death. The church organized by Jesus during His mortal ministry was lost from the earth for a time. As man became ready to receive the fulness of the truth again, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to a good-hearted boy named Joseph Smith and restored The Church of Jesus Christ. The foundation and Head of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Jesus Christ Himself.
How I live my faith
Daily study of God's words, frequent and sincere communication with Deity, and weekly worship at church are some of the most essential things I do to follow the Savior. Being a sincere and reliable friend to everyone around me is also an important way that I strive to emulate Christ. To me, being a disciple of Christ is a constant effort to think, speak, and act with humility, compassion, wisdom, and pure love. Maybe I will fulfill that sacred role beyond mortality, but for now I just make meaningful failed attempts.