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Hi I'm Stephanie

I write music. I have non-epileptic seizures. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I play french horn, piano, trumpet, ukulele, violin, and most importantly, guitar. Aside from my faith and family, music is my life. I picked up guitar the summer I turned 12 and took to it immediately. I wrote my first song two weeks after I got my guitar, and have been writing since. At 15, I got very, very sick. It got so bad that I had to drop out of High School and I lived in the hospital for a while. Things got a little better, and I started college at 16. That lasted one semester before I got sicker again. I'm still struggling with my health and not currently in school at 19 yrs, but I have learned so much and been inspired by my experiences. I've had a lot of time to write music and study the scriptures.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up an Air Force brat, and so I moved around a lot as a kid. I was never in a community with a lot of Mormons until adulthood. My family was, however, the "typical" mormon family. Since it was an "unusual" religion for those around me growing up, I had a lot of opportunity to talk to people and answer questions about my faith. Since the age of 5, I'd been questioned about my religion and my faith. This helped me so much! Since my faith wasn't just being automatically accepted, it led me to ponder it and make sure it was what I truly believed and not just what my parents were saying. I knew I believed all the principles taught, and I knew the people at church were good people. And I knew that when I prayed, I felt happy inside. And that was the beginning of my 5-year-old testimony. As I grew up, my convictions grew stronger, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that God is real. He is our Father in Heaven, and Christ is my Savior. I know personally that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the true words of God. That is what is so beautiful about being a Mormon. You are never asked to just accept what somebody tells you. You are challenged and encouraged to find it out for yourself. At the end of the Book of Mormon, the great prophet, Moroni gives a powerful promise to all. He says that if you pray and ask with a sincere heart, Heavenly Father will give you the knowledge of truth. I have a personal relationship with God, and everyone on this earth has that same privilege.

How I live my faith

My health sometimes keeps me away from physical service in my community and ward, but I do my best. I do my visiting teaching via letters and visit the sisters sometimes when I'm strong enough. There is a home for the elderly in my ward boundaries, and I love taking my guitar and singing to the people there. I also love visiting children in the hospital with my music, because I spent a lot of time in the hospital when I was younger. I love sharing my music and making people happy.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Stephanie
Mormons absolutely believe in the Bible. We regard it as very important Holy Scripture as far as it is translated correctly. We generally use the King James version of the Bible in studying. Joseph Smith, did, however start a project before his death which has given us a Joseph Smith Translation JST on some verses which have been translated incorrectly in the current form of the Bible. Joseph was not an educated man, so it may seem almost silly for him to undertake such a scholarly endeavor, but that is the beauty of it. Only pure truth can come from God. Joseph translated not after the manner of the world, but through study and prayer and revelation from God. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Stephanie
Mormons absolutely believe in equality of men and women. Contrary to popular belief, Mormon men are the most respectful and loving men towards women at least in my experience. I have heard many women complain about inequality in the church, but as a woman, I have felt more supported and sustained in who I am in the church than anywhere else. If you read any talks or words of our modern-day prophets about womanhood, you will find nothing but the utmost respect, flattery, and reassurance on the importance of the roles of womanhood. Traditionally, the man's role is to provide and protect the family while the woman's role is to nurture. This does not mean that women cannot gain education and jobs. We are, in fact, encouraged to gain the highest level of education possible. Many LDS women have jobs in the business world it is just not as important as their job at home over their family. Likewise, a man's occupation is not as important as his role as a father. The difference is that it is his duty to provide for his family. In some cases, it is also necessary for women to provide physical means, which is more than acceptable. The important thing is that neither man nor woman should let this interfere with their eternal job as parent or spouse. Show more Show less