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Hi I'm Stephanie Mary

Mother of three, wife of one, teacher, lover of music, and a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Utah all my life, excepting a seemingly short mission to Italy. I teach Special Education as a job but my family is my life. I love working with them, playing with them, and going through all of the difficulties and joys of this life with them. My hobbies include family history (in the form of blogging and scrapbooking) and sewing (easy quilts only).

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized at 8 years old. My family attended church irregularly then, but my spirit was drawn to God. As a teenager I began to seek a knowledge of the truth. I wanted to know for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was God's true church. I started to "test" the doctrines. I gained a testimony of this church through many "tests" of my life. All led to the same conclusion. Their is a God and this is his church. I know and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a daily renewed effort. I attend church every week and this helps me renew my desire to increase my efforts of sticking closely to what I know I need to do. At the end of the day, I know living one's faith really means doing what the Savior would do. Loving, serving, and giving to God's children. When opportunities to serve those outside my home arise I try to be unselfish. . . though I am not always successful. I teach the children at church. My goal is to instill in their minds, that no matter what happens they have a Heavenly Father who loves them and will forgive them at all times if they are repentent and have a sincere desire to change. I believe in daily prayer and scripture study. This helps me strengthen my resolve to continue to serve. I believe that the most important place to live my faith is at home. I love my children and my husband deeply. I try to be kind to them and show them that I love them daily. I try to admit when I am wrong and ask forgiveness. . . and give forgiveness frequently. I know there is no other place where I will be more accountable for what has happened than in my home.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Stephanie Mary
Maybe this isn't the correct answer, but we don't have paid clergy because we don't need them. As a member of the church everyone is asked to serve. There are many places to serve in the church. You might be asked to serve adults, youth, or children as a teacher or advisor. You might be asked to work in the Library on Sundays so people can get the materials they need to teach. Maybe you will have the opportunity to help provide needed meals or service for those who are enduring particularly difficult times. Like I said, there are many places to serve. Our Bishop is a really great man. Being the Bishop is another place to serve in the church. He works for a large company in the Human Resources Department. About three days a week he gives extra time, probably more than anyone else in the ward, to serve those who need him. Whether it is working with a family in need of welfare or helping someone who has walked down the wrong path and wants to repent, the Bishop does his job. It is his place to serve for a short time. Then someone else will take on the burden. In the end, while the Bishop works very hard, with all of the other ward members helping out in their places, many hands make light work. Service in the Lord's kingdom is what makes The Church of Jesus Christ function. And, I know what is expected of me. I will serve where ever I am asked. Show more Show less