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Hi I'm Steph

I'm a wife, mother, Cub Scout Leader, Zumba instructor, belly dancer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married, have five kids, and seven grandchildren. I love crafts and scrapbooking, quilting, card making, learning new things, CHOCOLATE, movies, musicals, plays, Mary Higgins Clark, and dancing (square, round, ballroom). To home-school our son, I recently stopped working full-time. However, I have opened a dance and fitness studio where I teach Zumba and belly dance. I currently serve as a Cub Scout Cubmaster in our ward and on a district level to serve in the community I serve as a Unit Commissioner for our BSA local district.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know it to be the church of Jesus Christ and that is where the Lord wants me to be. I never really felt at any other church that I was home. After meeting with missionaries in my home, who came outside city limits to bring me a Book of Mormon, they offered to help me finish my spring cleaning so I thought their message must be important to go through all that. So I made an appointment for them to come back. Everything they told me fit, it seemed natural. I immediately felt a connection. But the most important thing was I believed in prayer; my mother had instilled that in me even though she was not an avid church goer most of my life. I knew I could talk to the Lord through prayer and that he hears and answers our prayers. So when the missionaries asked me to pray about the truthfulness of the gospel, I thought "perfect". Because God does answer prayers. They didn't tell me "it's true because they said so" or "it's true because they believed it to be" (which they did). But to ask God for myself "are the things they are teaching me true?" Who better to get the truth from? The rest just seemed to make sense and followed Christ's teachings. I often say I was not converted, rather I found the truth, I found the church of Jesus Christ. I found what I believed. It made sense, it was plain and simple.

How I live my faith

I love going to church on Sundays! Seeing the faces of my fellow ward members brings a smile to my face. I love hearing testimonies of others, learn gospel principles, and renew my covenants with my heavenly father. I attend the temple on a regular basis and find great strength and joy within its walls. I pray daily not only to ask for help but to thank my heavenly father for all the blessings he has bestowed upon me and my family. This year I've committed to daily scripture study, to feast upon the His words. I practice the law of tithing and serve in the church as needed.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

This year, I have decided to feast upon His words by committing to do daily scripture STUDY for an hour a day. This means reading the scriptures, praying for understanding of what was meant, using various manuals and guides, rereading, and keeping a scripture journal. I cannot believe how much joy this has brought me already: To understand what I am reading to search, ponder and pray about what was read. To understand why we are here, to know that I am a child a God, that he loves me and wants me to return to be with him. Once you know who you are and what your purpose is it, is not as easy to let others lead you down wrong paths. The scriptures not only give you His words, they give you to strength to get through the challenges of life: To know that no, it will not always be easy, but that if you call upon him you can always find answers and comfort in His words. When you want answers from him, open the scriptures. You talk to him by praying, he responds by giving you the scripture to receive his answers. Scripture study is a daily thing. You cannot read the scriptures once in your lifetime and expect to know the words of God. As you learn and grow, so does you understanding on the scriptures. You may have read a verse a hundred times, then one day you read it and realize there is the answer to your prayer, a concept that you couldn't understand, or even a helpful scripture you never picked up on the first few times you read it. Show more Show less