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Hi I'm Stephanie.

I'm a mother, teacher, and an abstract artist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of four creative girls and teach preschool from my home. I often feel like if I blink my kids are going to grow up and I'm going to miss it! I am an artist. I paint about my passions - faith, family, human relationships. My work is abstract. I love abstraction because of the way it invites the viewer to participate in the reading of the artwork and bring personal experiences into that process. My husband is in theatre, so we see a lot of shows together. He and I always have some new project we're planning. I have supported him through many years of career changes and schooling and he has supported me in my education, art and business endeavors. We may not be perfect, but I can honestly say we love each other.   

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were introduced to the gospel after they were married. My mom first went to church with her aunt, and felt the Spirit, but didn't think she could live up to such high standards. Later they learned more about the gospel and decided to become baptized. I was raised with the gospel but was always taught that I would need to study and pray and find out for myself if it is true. I have read the Bible and the Book of Mormon and have prayed and know that they are true. Many times I have opened the scriptures to discover that my reading for the day applies directly to an experience I am having. I have listened to the words of latter-day prophets and have felt the Spirit warm my heart and testify that they are true. I have chosen to follow their counsel and have seen great blessings because of it. There are certain truths that just make so much sense. Eternal families make sense to me. It makes sense, that if God is our father, he would send us prophets to help us make choices that lead to peace and happiness. It makes sense, that if He sent prophets to one group of people the Bible He would also send them to guide His other children the people in the Americas whose record is the Book of Mormon. It makes sense, that if this life was designed as a learning experience, He would not shelter us from every problem but would allow not cause pain and challenges so that we could appreciate health and joy. It makes sense that He would give us freedom to accept or reject his guidance so that we can learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others. It makes sense that He would help us overcome our mistakes and conquer pysical death through the atonement and resurrection of His Son. I have felt the Lord's hand in my life and know that he watches over me as He has guided me in making big decisions, sent others to help me when I've had a hard day, and taught me life's little truths through everyday experiences. I know that He loves us He sent His Son to redeem us He knows us personally. 

How I live my faith

Every day I make choices. I try to make the choices the Savior would want me to make. I think of the story in the Bible of Mary the listener and Martha the doer and try to apply that in my life. So I read the scriptures and pray, but then I try to serve my family, friends and neighbors, knowing I can't do everything for everyone but hoping to lift someone a little. At church I play piano for the children's class. I love hearing their little voices. I also participate in the church women's organization, which has activities and service opportunities, such as bringing meals to those who are sick or have had babies, making quilts, gathering items to donate, and so on.

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Stephanie.
Mormon churches are places of learning and worship. Anyone can come to worship the Lord each week with us. We take the sacrament, listen to sermons by other church members, and attend Sunday School classes. Baptisms are performed here, as well as week-day activities for the youth, women's organization, or general congregation. Mormon temples are the House of the Lord, much like the temples described in the Bible. They are extremely sacred places of learning and woship. Because of their sacred nature, only baptized members of the church who live up to certain principles and are old enough to understand may attend (although anyone can walk through a temple and learn about its purpose during the Open House before it is dedicated). Here marriages are performed, not only for life but for eternity, and promises are made to serve the Lord. They are quiet places to pray and ponder and find peace. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Stephanie.
The Mormon health code, known as the Word of Wisdom, promises not only health, but also wisdom to those who avoid tobacco, coffee, tea, and alcohol, and encourages the comsuming of vegetables, fruit, grain, and meat (sparingly). Our bodies and spirits are connected. When we consume products that are addicting, it not only may harm our bodies, but it takes away some of the freedom of choice that God wants us to have. We become slaves to our addictions. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Stephanie.
Pornography de-humanizes women (or men or children) and makes them a consumable product instead of individuals with thoughts and feelings, individuals who should be respected as Children of God. To those struggling with a pornography habbit: As with any bad habbit, the best thing to do is to replace it with a good one. When we turn our time and energy to serving others it helps us to love them and respect them as God wants us to love each other. All people have weaknesses, but the Lord said that if we come to Him with our weaknesses He will help us make them strengths. All change takes time. To those with children: Teach love and respect for other people. Teach love and respect for the bodies God has given us. Know what your children are exposed to on the internet, TV, etc. Set a good example. Show more Show less