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Hi I'm Steffanie

There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

About Me

Having a husband and children were never in my plans when I was a child. All I ever wanted to do was to be a horse vet and that's that! However, my heart was softened when I met my really amazing husband. And isn't it ironic that he came with four kids! So, I became an insta-parent. It wasn't in my plans, but it is great. That is how it has always been. I plan one thing, but our Heavenly Father knows what I REALLY want even when I don't know it myself. I am grateful that I have a Father in Heaven who cares enough to withhold something that I want, she He can give me something better. I graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Animal Biology. I have worked as a veterinary technician for almost 13 years with large and small animals. I have a great passion for animals and for the outdoors. If I'm outside, I'm happy--unless it's cold... then I'm "not-so-happy". I was raised with a love for the outdoors and the arts. My mom is a singer of classical music and has performed for kings, queens, and popes! I have a wide array of interests in water skiing, sports, singing, shooting, knitting yes knitting, crocheting too!, horse riding, and good friends. Amidst my hobbies and talents, nothing defines or describes me better than my love of my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer is, "It makes me happy". When I met the missionaries, I knew that there was something very "different" about them. They have that "glow" and I wanted to know what it was! I called them and asked if I could accompany them one day to their visits with those people whom they were teaching. I listened to every word they said and as I went home that night I realized what that "glow" was-- THE SPIRIT! I can't describe the joy I felt after being with those two servants of the Lord as they shared his gospel. I felt a joy that I had never known before and KNEW that what they were teaching was true. This is an experience that I can neither deny nor disregard at any time in my life. Those feelings were real then, and they are still just as real today. When I live the teachings of the Savior in the scriptures and through his LIVING prophets, I am filled with immense joy and hope. My testimony that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored, is my most cherished possession my knowledge of a loving Heavenly Father who knows me, gives me hope my gratitude for Jesus Christ helps me overcome fear and doubt. I am a Mormon because it is true, it is right, and it makes me happy!

How I live my faith

My only desire in this life is to help the Lord build up His kingdom. That is my focus everyday. Whether it is mourning with those that morn, comforting those who need comfort, loving those who need love, or joying with those who are joyous-- I strive daily to become more like my elder brother, Jesus Christ. My husband and I try to live in such a way that our home and marriage can be a Heaven on Earth. Is it possible? Well, that seems to depend on the day... but we sure do work hard at it! It's a nice goal anyway. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the largest (and oldest) functioning women's organization in the world. I currently serve in that organization (called "The Relief Society") in the Tampa area. Every day I have the opportunity to watch after these special women to make sure that their needs are being met temporally and spiritually. I love these women and I learn so much from them. I feel so blessed and so loved to be a part of such an important and divinely guided institution. As a woman in this church, we have just as many responsibilities and blessings as do the men. We women understand our divine natures and our value in God's plan for us on this earth.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Besides massive, organized humanitarian relief for all nations, the biggest help the Mormon Church provides for those around the world is helping them come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ and his restored church on the earth today. Nothing helps someone quit drinking, quit lying, love their neighbor, help a friend, strengthen a family, or change their thinking better than the teachings of Jesus Christ. Missionaries young an old choose to leave their homes for a time, to help those around the world be with THEIR families for eternity. These missionaries teach principles that heal homes and change the world. Even those in the most dire circumstances are given hope through learning from the missionaries. Show more Show less