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Hi I'm Stephanie

I'm a city girl in a small town. I'm a Contracts Manager and a non-profit director. I'm a wife and a new mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live on the beautiful sunny California Central Coast with my daughter and husband. We both were born and raised in Los Angeles when my job transferred us a couple of hundred miles away from "home." I work full time during the day as a Contracts Manager at an aerospace company and volunteer time with a non profit charity that gives back to local schools. My husband attends school in the evening then I work the rest of the day as a full time mom :) When we get a chance we love to ride bikes together and go for hikes on local trails. We photograph everything and I scrapbook and make photo books to preserve our memories. I'm fascinated by family history and love to research my European roots and my husband's Guatemalan heritage. We've been married for four blissful and challenging years- a big move, a house, a baby! But we're loving our new roles as mom and dad.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. My maternal ancestors were some of the first members of the church- pioneers! My dad joined the church as a young adult, the only member in his family. Growing up it was very apparent the blessings that came from being a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My mom's side of the family had the knowledge that we were an eternal family- we're in it for the long haul through thick and thin! On my dad's side we saw the family once a year, if that. I loved the feeling of being with my cousins and aunts and uncles- they were such a support system. I know both sets of grandparents loved me dearly but the example my mom's parents set of being married in the temple and their daily lives never escaped me. Over 50+ years of marriage, six children and lots of grandchildren they loved each other until the very end. It was a real love story. I wanted THAT kind of marriage and THAT kind of family. The kind you want to be around and want to spend an eternity with. When I was away at college I read for the first time with real intent the Book of Mormon. The stories came to life in my head as I read about these families in ancient times. My testimony of my Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ was strengthened. There was no doubt in my mind that the Church was true and I was where I needed to be. Thankfully I didn't have to look anywhere else. Being sealed in the temple to my sweetheart has been a tremendous blessing in our lives. I am so grateful to know that our precious daughter will be with us for time and all eternity. I am a Mormon because of my family. Because of my parent's faith. Because of my grandparent's example. Because I never want to spend a day without my own family. I am a Mormon because it makes my life happier and easier and more complete.

How I live my faith

I have been able to serve in various positions at church with the women, children and youth. Right now I am responsible for the program that is handed out every Sunday for Sacrament meeting. It has a calendar of events and announcements, lists important phone numbers and lets everyone know what songs we'll be signing that day and who is speaking. The hardest part is getting the copier to work!

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is charity. Our motto is Charity Never Faileth. I love the service that the Relief Society provides. It is the same across the world- simply put is is women looking out for other women and their families. When someone is sick the Relief Society organizes meals to be brought into that person's home. If someone needs a visit, a ride or help in some other way the Relief Society is there to assist. I love knowing that although I am hundreds of miles away from my family that I have plenty of women at church who are there to help me if I need it. There were countless women offering to help and helping me after my daughter was born. They brought me meals and came just to watch my baby so I could get a few hours of sleep. They are my extended family and I know that they love me. Show more Show less