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Hi I'm Stephanie

Social media expert, archaeology lover, and cheese enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work in a big city and I'm bilingual, so I often find myself around lots of people in conversation. Living in a big city is hard (the commute, for one, is difficult!), but it's also a great joy (the diversity of people, activities, and food is amazing!). I love my work because digital media/social media connects people in more ways than ever before. Through social media I am able to network with people who share my interests; learn much more about anything (like archaeology!) through digitized, open source materials; keep in touch with and share photos with family members who live far away; and I'm able to share the gospel with others. I love learning. I love sharing experiences with people. I love that my life has meaning and purpose through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Although there are many ways to read about what Mormons believe, I decided to go to the source and read the Book of Mormon. No matter how many Mormons I've talked to, or how many books I've read on the subject, to really know what Mormonism is, a person has to go to a Mormon church and read the Book of Mormon. I have chosen to experience first hand what being a Mormon means. I have done this with several churches in my life: I have attended religious services by many different religions because I wanted to have the first-hand experience. I am a Mormon because I feel a depth of love, service, and truth in the Mormon church. There is no religion in the world like it. The doctrine is solid. The testimonies are sincere. The experience is real. My life is rich, full, fun, and full of light. It's not 'easy and pleasurable', but it is the most fulfilling and joyous!

How I live my faith

I go to church every week. I commute by train so I read the scriptures every morning on my commute. It helps ready me for the busy work day ahead. During the week I take Institute of Religion classes (institute.lds.org). I strive to be an example of integrity every day: I put in an honest day's work and do what I can to contribute to the success of my coworkers. I also like to write kind notes and uplift those around me at work, at church, and at home (I have two shoeboxes full of blank note cards so I never run out). I pay my tithing and give to other philanthropic causes. I pray several times a day: when I get up, over every meal, in my heart throughout the day, and when I go to bed. I take my beliefs seriously: I want it to be said of me, "she lived her religion."

Are Mormons Christians?

Stephanie
Yes, Mormons are Christians. Everything Mormons teach is centered on Jesus Christ. A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ, and Mormons fit the bill! Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Stephanie
Not all Mormons are required to serve a mission. In fact, no one is "required" to serve a mission! It is up to our free will and choice. God wants us to choose for ourselves and will never force our hand in any decision we make. I chose to go on a mission without any encouragement from my family. Once I decided, they were very encouraging, because firstly, they knew it was my decision; and secondly, because it was a decision to serve others. Serving a mission is very hard. It requires devoting all of one's time for a year and a half to two years entirely to the service of God and of others. It is a difficult task, even for the most selfless of people. It must be a sincere, personal choice. This is why the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants each person to pray and gain an answer from God that they should serve a mission. True religion does not need to pressure its members into service, for the natural consequence of a true testimony is the personal choice to serve. I am grateful I made the choice to serve a mission. Show more Show less