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Hi I'm Stephanie

I grew up in Texas. I have my M.A. in counseling. I'm married with 2 daughters & 2 dogs. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I was born and raised in Texas. I met my husband in college, and we were married in the San Diego Temple. I received my bachelor's degree in marriage, family, and human development with a minor in communications, and I also received my master's degree in counseling. I love my husband, my daughters, my 2 doggies, my family, and the gospel and church! After many years of marriage, and some small struggles with infertility (I was diagnosed with pcos in 2012), we became parents to our sweet little daughters about 2 years apart. We love them so much; they truly are our little miracles and blessings! I am so blessed I get to be a stay at home mom to them. I love playing with my daughters, playing games, and playing with my dogs. I absolutely love Harry Potter! I like to watch cheerleading, gymnastics, baseball, and football. When I was pregnant with our second daughter, our world was turned upside down when my husband was diagnosed with cancer (Stage IIA Hodgkin's Lymphoma). He was only 28 at the time of his diagnosis, and then we had to move in the midst of chemotherapy, our daughter had an infection that wouldn't go away for 3 months, and our dog had major surgery...twice. We were thrown a lot of things in our direction at once, but we survived, thanks to our family, friends, and ward family who helped us along the way. Thanks to chemotherapy and an amazing medical team, we are so grateful that my husband is cancer free now.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I was born and raised in the church; however, I've never felt forced to be a member. I love this gospel and believe in it wholeheartedly. Everything the church teaches just seems to fit. Living a gospel-centered life has always come easily for me, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Life seems to go so much better when the gospel is central in my life. Doing the little things - going to church, reading my scriptures, praying daily, fasting, etc. - all add up to an immeasurable amount of happiness. When my husband had cancer, and we were going through a lot of difficult trials at once, I learned how deep Heavenly Father's and Christ's love for me is. I came to understand the atonement when it came to leaning on Christ to get me through when it feels like everything is working against us. There is no way I could have survived that time on my own, and I never had to. It was never intended for me to. Christ worked through everyone around us to lift us up, help strengthen us, and endure with us. I am so grateful for all of the love we felt during that time and continue to feel each and every day. I know Joseph Smith saw Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. I know he restored the full gospel here on this earth. I know not only was he prepared to bring forth the gospel, but so were his family and ancestors. Our country was established in such a way that not only would the gospel be able to be restored, but it would also be able to grow worldwide. I know Heavenly Father continues to give revelation. I know President Monson is our prophet today. I know Heavenly Father loves me and that I am His daughter. I know the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. I know this is the true church of Jesus Christ, and I know this gospel is true.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as family history consultant. I love watching people find ancestors and names to take the temple. What a blessing it is to feel connected to those on the other side of the veil. I have been able to learn how to find ancestors that were missing in my line, fill in the gaps, and prepare to do temple work for them. When we worked in the temple, I had undeniable impressions about ancestors waiting for their work to be completed. I would have specific names of those waiting come into my mind. I have been gradually prepared through all of my callings and experiences to complete family history and teach others the importance of it. My husband and I co-taught the older youth in our ward for 5 years. We loved this calling, and it was so much fun to do together. I'd like to say we did all of the teaching, but I learned a lot from the youth. My husband and I also served in the temple for a year and a half. We absolutely loved it and looked forward to working there each week! I have so much joy in serving the Lord at His house, and I hope that everyone can experience the happiness the temple can bring into their lives. The spiritual manifestations are so strong in the temple, providing more confirmation of the truthfulness of the restored gospel & The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Easter of 2014, my husband was sick with a virus that he had a really hard time fighting off. It was Easter weekend when I came to acknowledge and accept that what was going on with him was more than autoimmune related stuff, and that it was more than likely cancer. It was rough. I cried a lot. I remember that Easter thinking how I understood the atonement of Christ in the repentance aspect, but when it came to using the atonement to allow Christ to help me bear my burdens, I needed a little help. So trough the trial of cancer, I learned a lot. I learned that not only can we lean on Christ to help bear our burdens, but Christ also helps us bear our burdens by placing people in our life that help us do that. Christ worked through everyone in our life to help us deal with the pain and trials we endured. I've said time and time again that there is no way I could have handled it on my own, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and I never had to do it on my own. It was never intended for us to do it on our own. We had everyone in our life helping us, praying for us, and serving us. Christ helped us bear our burdens by showing us His love through everyone in our life. That's part of what the atonement means to me. I have a much deeper understanding of the atonement, and my heart is full of gladness and gratitude. I am so thankful, and I count my blessings every day. All of that is possible because of Him. Show more Show less