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Hi I'm Stephanie

I am a wife and a mother, I teach my children at home, I am a lover of nature and all things beautiful, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I stay at home with my three children and have the privilege of schooling them at home. I am married to a wonderful man that supports me as a homemaker, mother and teacher, as well as supports me in my personal interests and hobbies. I enjoy reading, singing, laughing and having fun, being with my family and friends, nature, art, music, and learning. I take great pleasure in learning new skills and improving on the skills I've learned. In the past I learned the basics of gardening, went back to taking piano lessons for few years, and worked on improving my sewing skills. In more recent years I learned how to knit and crochet and have gained so much enjoyment from advancing in these new skills.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a strong belief in the reality of a Father in Heaven. I also firmly believe in a Savior, Jesus Christ, who atoned not only for our sins (which makes repentance possible) but also suffered for all the pains and sorrows each person would experience in life. It has been such a comfort to me to know that there is one person who understands and who has been able to succor me through all my sorrows, pains, grief and sickness. I live my life through the whisperings of the Spirit (some might call it conscience, but I believe it is a spiritual link to my Father in Heaven), that guides me and directs me, sometimes moment to moment. I am grateful for this guidance and gift and cannot imagine life without it. I rely on the Spirit for promptings in teaching and guiding my children, for protection from potentially dangerous situations, for guidance in making important life decisions, for guidance in my desire to serve inside and outside of my church, for spiritual teachings to aid in my own spiritual growth and learning, etc. These whisperings from the Spirit combine to create the sure anchor to my faith in my Father in Heaven and Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a daily effort. Upon arising in the morning, I kneel to pray to my Father in Heaven, then take some time to read my scriptures. My children know to expect that we will read our scriptures and pray as a family as well, every day. In my effort to live my faith daily, I also participate in weekly church attendance and serve as a member of the Relief Society presidency which leads the adult women's group in our ward/congregation. In addition, I strive to visit a few women in my church each month, to share spiritual messages and develop friendships with. As a family, we also attend fun activities sponsored by our church. These events are designed to be uplifting and fun activities, where we can enjoy gathering with other members to laugh and talk together, play games and share talents.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Stephanie
Roles of husband and wife are traditional, to some extent. The husband is to lead and guide the family, being expected to support the family financially as well lead the family in all matters spiritual (church attendance, family nights also know as family home evening, etc.) and the wife is encouraged to remain at home when there are children present, to be the homemaker and the mother and to give her support to her husband as the leader of their family. But in neither case is one role favored as better. The husband and wife are a team, working together in unity, mutual love and respect. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Stephanie
There is a definition of "testimony" in the Wikipedia that I like: "In law and in religion, testimony is a solemn attestation as to the truth of a matter." I think that sums it up pretty well. When we feel a truth has been manifested through our hearts or minds, through have gained a testimony about that matter. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Stephanie
As a child I learned a song, as I sang with the other children, entitled "Faith." I feel it illustrates the concept of faith in a very understandable way: "Faith is knowing the sun will rise, lighting each new day. Faith is knowing the Lord will hear my prayers each time I pray. Faith is like a little seed: if planted, it will grow. Faith is a swelling within my heart. When I do right, I know." When we have faith, we have a hope in something that we cannot see but we hope, nonetheless, is true. In the world this concept is best illustrated in planting a seed and having a hope that it will grow. Likewise, when we plant the seed of spiritual faith, we wait with a hope that it will grow. You can know if it is good, because it will grow. The seed of spiritual faith grows into greater understanding, enlightenment, joy, happiness and then into a firm knowledge, which is testimony. Show more Show less