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Hi I'm Stephanie

I grew up in San Diego, I was adopted, joined the Church at 16 and I am Mormon!

About Me

I'm the mother of two beautiful girls and we live in Arizona. I have a Bachelors in Communication and design websites at home. My husband attends Northern Arizona University. He hopes to graduate with a Masters in Creative Writing next year and to be certified to teach High School English. His dream job is to be a famous Author and have his own Juice Shop. I love food and wouldn't mind continuing my education but for now I'm really enjoying motherhood. Starting a family and finishing school is hard work but we are happy and learning to rely on faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I investigated the church for 2 years before I finally joined at the ripe old age of 16. It was a pivotal choice at the time because my world was so chaotic. High School was really confusing! I couldn't figure out whether I was suppossed to be cool, or smart, or clever... I just really didn't know who I was. Slowly I began to realize that I had potential. I had potential to change, and potential to be a better person. I realized that I had a Heavenly Father who loved me and sent me here with a specific goal in mind. I can't deny the clarity in my life now.

How I live my faith

We are vagabonds, moving from place to place but I did live in Idaho for 7 years before we picked up and came to Arizona. I had the amazing opportunity to serve in compassionate service with the new and expecting mothers. I made so many friends, offered advice and coordinated meals. Being a first time mom is a little scary and it's hard to feel fully prepared but I was so fortunate to offer a helping hand. Honestly, all I had to do was listen. As women we can gather so much comfort and strength from each other. And we love it when someone cares enough to listen. There were other perks too. I learned how to sew baby blankets and burp cloths. I also had fun crocheting little hats with flowers. It was a great time for me to enhance my talents and serve my friends. 

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Stephanie
The Temple is a sacred building dedicated by the Lord himself. The ordinances that take place within the Temple are special and important. Heavenly Father needs His children to prepare to enter the temple so that they can perform His work upon the earth. After baptism we begin to direct our paths toward the temple, we are constantly repenting and renewing our covenants so that we can be clean enough to enter His house. When our youth turn 12 they can enter the temple and perform Baptisms for the Dead. This allows those who have died, without the gospel, a chance to accept it and progress in the next life. Young Men and Woman also visit the temple to receive their endowments before going on a mission. And finally, Men and Woman that love each other and desire an Eternal Family go to the Temple to be sealed together forever. This marriage is ordained by Heavenly Father and in essence we are being sealed to His eternal family. These ordinances are also provided for those that have passed. Much of the content we obtain at the Temple can be found in the Bible. We are basically learning about the Plan of Salvation. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Stephanie
The Bible is Holy scripture and most certainly the word of God. A study of the Bible will show you that Heavenly Father was with Adam and Eve and he has been with mankind ever since. A pattern is given in the Bible where God will raise up a prophet to teach His gospel and bring His people unto repentance. Moses, King David, Hezekiah and Isaiah are a few of their names. But after years of prosperity the children of Israel begin to forget their God and wander away from His church. The people become wicked and consumed by their own selfish desires. In the Bible many of them began to worship false gods, and as a result Heavenly Father could no longer sustain them. They would become victims of war and plagues and famines. This period of time when the Lord's church could not be on the earth in it's fullness is called an apostasy. And there have been many. But there has always been a restoration of the gospel as well. After Christ was crucified his apostles we're either killed or fell away. Thus, His church no longer functioned and He removed the priesthood authority and His church from the earth. While many good people and some truth remained, the original Church was lost. The Prophet Joseph Smith helped restore what was lost and translated the golden plates. The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ and, when read, can strengthen our testimony of Him. We've also been promised that the church will remain until Christ's second coming. Show more Show less