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Hi I'm Stephanie

I grew up a military brat. I'm an insomniac. I love chocolate a little too much. I sing in my car. Loudly. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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 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.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Stephanie
Thank goodness for grace! Mormons believe that without the grace of God, we could never be forgiven of our sins or return to live with Him. Jesus Christ came to this earth to set an example for us of how to live and then to pay the ultimate price--His life--so we could become clean. Although I'd like to believe I don't make mistakes, I make more than my fair share. Because of my sins, I cannot return to live with God and there is nothing I can do to change that. But Christ suffered immense physical and spiritual pains to take away my sins. All He asks is for me to do the best I can...to live the best life I am able to and ask for His help. He makes it possible for me and everyone else to repent and move forward. And one day, return to live with God through the grace He gives to us all. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Stephanie
Faith is believing that an action I take today has an impact on my future. My husband went skydiving and had to have faith that the parachute he had strapped to his back would not only open, but would slow his fall to earth enough so he could safely land. Because of his faith in the parachute, he took a step out of a moving airplane, thousands of feet above earth. But the parachute couldn't help him until he took that leap. Even though I will never skydive, I need just as much faith to make decisions each day to keep me safe in an unsure world. I have faith that praying to God will help me when I ask. I have faith that Jesus Christ suffered for my sins so I can be clean. I have faith that I will be reunited with my loved ones after this life. I have faith that somehow when I share what I have, I end up with more than I started with. And I have faith that even though I don't know all of God's plan for me, that living the way He wants me to will bring me more joy and a greater understanding of myself than I could ever imagine for myself. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Stephanie
Anyone can attend church with us, Mormon or not. It's where we meet for our Sunday services--to take the sacrament, have classes where we learn more about Jesus Christ and God's plan for us, and listen to talks prepared by members of the congregation. We have activities--dinners to get to know one another, projects to serve our community, and sporting events. We love to invite visitors to our church building whether it's for formal Sunday services or other activities. Our temples are buildings where we make important covenants or promises individually with God. Because these covenants are so sacred, only those who are prepared to commit to them for life attend. I think of it the same way I look at my educational experience. I attended high school before I attended a university. I had to prepare for my university education by fulfilling my high school obligations. If I had tried to take college courses before I had completed my high school classes, not only would I have been unprepared, but I probably wouldn't have been too successful. I needed the foundational experience of high school before I could truly benefit from a more advanced education. I went to church for many years before I went to the temple for the first time. At church, I learned and still learn the basic principles that I need to know and do to follow Jesus Christ's example and return to live with God. When I go to the temple, I gain a greater understanding of what I have learned at church. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Stephanie
Being a Mormon isn't really much different from being a non-Mormon. Sure, there are some things that Mormons don't do, but there are a lot of misconceptions about Mormons--mainly that we don't get to have fun. But that is so far from the reality. One of the great purposes of life is to have joy. And so, no matter what I'm doing, I try to have fun. I go to work and enjoy my co-workers, I go to movies, I watch TV and listen to the radio, I dance (mostly in my living room), and I spend time with my friends and family. I also go to church to re-charge my spirit. I read scriptures to learn more about God's plan for me. I pray to thank God for all He blesses me with and ask for guidance and comfort. I try my best to help those around me..regardless of their religion. I try to make the world a little better because I was here. So although there may be some things I do that are different than a non-Mormon, for the most part, I'm pretty much the same. Show more Show less