Hi I'm Stephanie.
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 can your talents and gifts bless others?
I enjoy connecting with people through my art. My style is a little different and I have found a great little nitch of people who appreciate my passions combined with my style. I enjoy connecting with the children I teach - my kids and the preschool kids I borrow. I love watching their minds process life experiences. I love loving them.
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.